Preserving the Irish language in Boston


Ár dTeanga Dhúchais means ‘our native language’ and we are committed to the teaching and the preservation of the Irish language in the Boston area. In addition to regular language classes we also frequently host cultural events such as lectures on Irish culture and tradition, concerts, dances, poetry recitals, béaloideas (folklore), and sean-nós singing. Formed in the fall of 2012, we are independent, nonsectarian, and not affiliated with any other organization.

Peggy Cloherty

Peggy Cloherty was born in Lough Conneera in the heart of the Connemara Gaeltacht in Galway. She
received her basic education in the National and Vocational schools before attending Saint Ann’s College in Clifden. She received her nursing degree after coming to Boston. She worked as a nurse for renowned cardiologist Dr. Paul Zoll, the inventor of the pacemaker and defibrillator. After his death in 1999, Peggy was asked to write of her relationship with this great doctor and his work, and gladly did so.

Peggy taught Irish for Cumann na Gaeilge for over twenty years and also served as its Uachtarán for many years. The Irish Echo granted her “The Golden Bridges”award in 2008, presented to her by Liam Ó Cuinneagáin of Oideas Gael.

 In 2012 Peggy and some other like-minded individuals decided to form a new organization and Ár dTeanga Dhúchais was born. She currently serves as its Uachtarán.

Brian Frykenberg

Brian Frykenberg learned Irish in Boston, in Lochán Beag Co. Galway, and at Harvard, where he earned his Celtic doctorate specializing in early Irish language, culture, and history. He is fond of the tale of “Mad Sweeney,” a character whose story is enjoyed widely beyond the shelves of academe thanks to modern Irish writers.

A professional librarian and freelance scholar interested in book history and book arts, Brian has a background in music, and naturally enjoys learning songs in Irish.

He has taught Irish language workshops in the Boston area, as well as at Elms College in Chicopee, Mass. He and his wife are parents of three young men, ages 23, 20, and 14.