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Gaelic Park pledges support to Saint Xavier University library

Local organization to provide Irish studies materials

Chicago (Aug. 31, 2007) – Chicago Gaelic Park has pledged to help Saint Xavier University’s Byrne Memorial Library acquire published materials on the Irish culture of Chicago, Irish theater and literature, and Irish sports. 

“We are deeply grateful to Chicago Gaelic Park for its support of Saint Xavier and, in particular, our new Irish studies certificate program,” said Leslie Petty, dean of the School for Continuing and Professional Studies. “We are honored to help preserve one of the Chicago region’s most treasured resources: its Irish heritage.”

Saint Xavier, which traces its roots to the Sisters of Mercy in Dublin, Ireland, began offering a four-course, non-credit Irish studies certificate program in the spring at its Orland Park campus through the School of Continuing and Professional Studies.   

Gaelic Park is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to promoting and fostering Irish culture, music and sports.

For more information on Saint Xavier’s Irish studies program, please contact Barbara Walder at (708) 633-4711 or e-mail walder@sxu.edu. You may also visit the School for Continuing and Professional Studies home page (http://www.sxu.edu/cps/) and click on the link titled "Certificate in Irish Studies" on the left side of the page.