well, i guess i should throw out my two cents as well.
i just got on the list a few weeks ago. i am a doctoral student at the
Catholic University of America in the Department of History. I am
specializing in medieval Britain and Ireland, and hope to do research
in the norman invasion of Ireland. i have been taking old irish for two
years, and way be taking middle welsh next year.
the center for Irish Studies here at Catholic offers an M.A., which
has concentrations in politics, literature, and Irish language. old irish
is offered for a two year cycle every three years, with welsh being in the
third year. the professor of old irish here, R. Mark Scowcroft, also teaches
a class in Celtic literature. there really arent any coursed in irish
history aside from modern history. that should be courses.
i became interested in this as a serious discipline as an undergrad at
the university of missouri at columbia when i took a course in iron age
and celtic archaeology, and then another in art of the dark ages (a loaded
title if there ever was one!!). they opened my eyes to the fact that
there is much work to be done in all of these fields.
my eyes have also been opened to the fact that people in america, at least,
are very interested in this material and are starving for more and more
information. i think this is great, although im biased of course, and
hopefully in the next century celtic studies will blossom as a serious
discipline of its own right in the states.
anyway, thats what i think. any further questions about irish studies
at catholic can be sent directly to me.