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Seachtain na Gaeilge 2013

Tuesday, 12.03.2013, 12 noon, T2.01
Workshop (for students and interested staff) by Markus Böttner (NUI Maynooth) on the benefits of knowing Irish when learning German.

Tuesday, 12.03.2013, 5 pm, G08 (Foundation Building)
Guest Lecture by Markus Böttner (NUI Maynooth):
"Native Variety vs. Native Language. Irish English as an Example of a Dialect-Based Approach to Language Learning"
There will be reception in An Seomra Caidrimh afterwards (6 pm)

Wednesday, 13.03.2013, 7 pm, T1.17
Film screening - The Department of German Studies
and the Goethe Institut Dublin present
Johannes Schmid's new film
'Winter's Daughter' (Wintertochter).

The screening is free - Many thanks to the
Goethe Institut Dublin for sponsoring the event!

Thursday, 14.03.2013, 1 pm, An Seomra Caidrimh
Poetry Reading - Rainer Maria Rilke in German, Irish, English and French!
Rilke, one of the most gifted German (and towards the end of his life French) language poets, has been translated into English and Irish by poets in Ireland (such as Eva Bourke). Staff from the different language departments will read a few of Rilke's beautiful poems in four languages.

Your are all very welcome!

27.02.2013 - Press Release

Launch of "German Connects" GermanConnects

In the face of the worrying skills gap in German as a foreign language at different levels of the Irish education system, "German Connects" was launched by the Minister for Education and Skills, Ruairi Quinn, in Dublin last week. It is a campaign to raise awareness of a language spoken by 120 million people amongst learners, parents and teachers in Ireland.

GermanConnects - Fantastisch"German Connects", an initiative supported by the the German Embassy, Dublin, is aimed at raising awareness in Ireland with regard to much needed German language and intercultural skills. It includes the website, germanconnects.ie, with useful information on events, courses and exchange programmes, learning resources, language and culture for students and teachers at primary, secondary and third level. The Website also points to the possibility of studying German as part of a B.Ed. programme, and MIC is the only third-level institution in Ireland to offer this combination.

Speaking at the launch the Minister said: 'Ireland should embrace the German language as the “key to a door” of cultural and economic achievement' (irishtimes.com, February 22, 2013).

See germanconnects.ie for further information.

01.10.2012 - Press Release

MIC opens Franco-German House

Friday 28 September 2012 saw the opening of the Franco-German House at MIC by the French Ambassador to Ireland, Her Excellency Madame Emmanuelle d’Achon, and the German Ambassador to Ireland, His Excellency Dr Eckard Lübkemeier.

The Franco-German House is the result of a joint-initiative by the departments of French Studies and German Studies at Mary Immaculate College. It stems from the need to create a space where students of French and German could meet, socialise, speak French and/or German and have access to audio-visual resources in both languages. In May 2010 a proposal to create such a space on campus was put forward to the President of Mary Immaculate College by Dr Christiane Schönfeld (Head of German Studies) and Dr Loïc Guyon (Head of French Studies). In April 2011 the College management offered to transform Summerville Lodge into a social and study space for students of French and German.

Opening of the Franco-German House

From left to right: Deputy Kieran O’Donnell, Mayor of Limerick, Gerry McLoughlin, Ambassador Lübkemeier, Ambassador d’Achon and Prof. Michael A Hayes

For more information please see the press release.

27.09.2012 - Guest Lecture

Prof. Emeritus Eoin Bourke (NUIG)

"Poor Green Erin"

Poor Green Erin is a compilation of travel writings about Ireland, written by German and Austrian authors of the 18th and 19th century. For this volume the texts have been translated into English, some of them for the first time. The empathetic, insightful, sometimes satiric and amusing texts derive from the historically important era of the liberation movement in Ireland between 1738 and 1865. The texts are well-founded eye-witness accounts and thus depict living conditions in Ireland of the time from the foreign authors' immediate experience, while at the same time comparing it to the conditions of their own societies of the same period.

Eoin Bourke, Professor Emeritus of German Studies at the National University of Ireland, Galway, studied at Munich University, where he also completed his doctorate in 1976. He is author of The Austrian Anschluss in History and Literature as well as books on the literature of the late romantic and post-romantic period and many articles in several research areas including Vormärz and travel literature.


Mary Immaculate College, South Circular Road, Limerick, Tel:+35361 204300  V94VN26

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