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Galway native Faculty of Arts' Irish language teaching assistant

By Janet Harron

Conor Glynn is the Faculty of Arts' Irish language teaching assistant for the 2012-13 academic year.

Hailing from Galway, Mr. Glynn was teaching secondary school in Dublin's Fairview district when he heard about the position at Memorial. After speaking with Brid Falconer and Muireann Ni Chíobháin, Memorial's previous holders of the position, Mr. Glynn made the leap.

"They basically told me I'd have the time of my life here," he said. "I really like St. John's. It's small, like Galway."

Interested in further exploring links between Newfoundland and Ireland, Mr. Glynn is planning to take courses in Newfoundland history and folklore in his spare time. He's also joined the Avalon Harps, a local Gaelic Athletic Association team.

"They're working on trying to get local high schools interested in Gaelic football. I thought I might be able to do some work with them around Irish phrases used when playing sports."

Mr. Glynn is currently teaching Introduction to Irish Gaelic I in the fall semester. He holds a BA and MA in modern Irish from the National University of Ireland at Galway and a graduate diploma in education from the Dublin Cultural Institute. He can be contacted through the Department of Linguistics or at