Irish Arts Academy of Indianapolis

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Devin Flanigan Blankenship (Deibhin Ó Flannagáin) - Language

Devin started collecting Irish language books prior to a family trip (back) to Ireland. Later, he taught in County Donegal on the edge of a Gaeltacht region (an area where Irish-Gaelic is spoken). Upon his return to Indiana, he sought others with familiarity and interest in the language.  He studied with another Irish speaker in Indianapolis and became connected with other speakers in Madison and Milwaukee, Wisconsin. With the encouragement of the Irish language community in the Midwest, he formed a study group in Bloomington and began hosting immersion weekends. He has participated in Irish language summer school at the Acadamh in An Cheathrú Rua, one of National University of Ireland-Galway’s programs. Devin has taught Irish in Bloomington, through community-based programs, and in Columbus through IUPUC.



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