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Mood Board: Eoin McEvoy

Nova Feis

This week’s Mood Board features visiting Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistant from University College, Dublin, Eoin McEvoy. This Thursday, March 19 at 5:00 p.m. in Speakers’ Corner as part of Nova Feis, Eoin will be giving a lecture in celebration of St. Patrick’s Day. The lecture is entitled “Gaelic Yesterday and Today: Tracing the Irish Language through History.” Eoin is currently teaching Introductory Irish II and Intermediate Irish to Villanova students.


EoinI am inspired by languages and the communities that keep them alive in the face of adversity.

I’m listening to Kate Boy from Stockholm.

My favorite street in Dublin is the red-bricked Exchequer Street.

I wish more people knew that Ireland is having a referendum on same-sex marriage in May and that the polls suggest it will pass by a very wide margin.

At least once, everyone should try to write creatively – short story, song, play or full-length novel. Even if nobody else ever reads it, is is an immensely rewarding experience.

I’d really like to read the Quran.

If I could be any person for a day, I’d be Björk. What a character!

"Björk - Hurricane Festival" by Zach Klein from New York, New York, USA - Bjork, Hurricane Festival. Licensed under CC BY 2.5 via Wikimedia Commons.

Björk – Hurricane Festival” by Zach Klein from New York, New York, USA – Bjork, Hurricane Festival. Licensed under CC BY 2.5 via Wikimedia Commons.

It’s never too late to start learning a new language. And of course, everybody should give Irish a shot – it’s available on the fun language-learning app Duolingo now! (iOS | Android)

When reading James Joyce, it is important to read aloud whenever you encounter a difficulty and to laugh at him when you can – he is always laughing at you.

My favorite phrase in the Irish language is Tá muc ar gach mala aige, which means “He is scowling”. It literally means “He has a pig on every eyebrow.”

Thanks, Eoin! 

Interview by Michelle Callaghan, graduate assistant on the Communication and Service Promotion team. She is currently pursuing her MA in English at Villanova University.


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