From Galway to Brooklyn: Creating a Digital Edition of An Gaodhal

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From Galway to Brooklyn: Creating a Digital Edition of An Gaodhal

From Galway to Brooklyn: Creating a Digital Edition of An Gaodhal, the World’s First Irish-Language Newspaper

By Glucksman Ireland House NYU

When and where

Date and time

Thursday, May 4 · 7 - 8:15pm EDT


Glucksman Ireland House NYU One Washinton mews New York, NY 10003

About this event

  • 1 hour 15 minutes
  • Mobile eTicket

This event will share the remarkable story of An Gaodhal, the world’s first Irish-language newspaper. Established in Brooklyn in 1881, the monthly bilingual newspaper was, according to historian Maureen Murphy, “the most significant development in encouraging the language movement in America, and had an almost equal impact on Ireland.” An Gaodhal was edited and printed by an Irish immigrant, Michael J. Logan (1836-1899) from Galway, in his own home in Brooklyn. Logan himself came to be regarded as the father of the Irish-language movement in America, being appointed Secretary of the Gaelic League of America shortly before his untimely death in 1899.

Dr. Nicholas Wolf of NYU Libraries and Dr. Deirdre Ní Chonghaile, Associate Research Scholar at NYU, will introduce their project to create a digital edition of An Gaodhal, which includes training artificial intelligence to render the old Gaelic script machine-readable with the aim of making the new digital edition fully searchable.

This project is supported by funds from the Robert David Lyon Gardiner Foundation, the Irish Institute of New York, Glucksman Ireland House, and the University of Galway.

About the organizer

Located in the heart of New York's Greenwich Village, Glucksman Ireland House NYU is the center for Irish and Irish-American Studies at New York University, with courses in history, Irish language, literature, music, and politics. NYU undergraduates may pursue a minor or a B.A./M.A. in Irish and Irish-American Studies. Graduate students may earn a Masters in Irish and Irish-American Studies

For the New York community, we present a weekly public events series during the academic year, as well as a monthly traditional Irish music series. For the non-credit adult learner, we host evening Irish language classes. We also serve as a resource center for Irish, Irish-American, and Irish diasporic culture.