Formerly called the Boston and the Irish Language project, New England and the Irish Language investigates the unique importance of Irish in forming persistent bonds among and between Connemara emigrants living in New England with their families and communities in Ireland through recorded personal interviews. Questions explored include: upbringing through the Irish language, economic and social conditions in Ireland, reasons for emigration or return, adaptation to and participation in life within the United States, changes experienced since arrival, and current use of Irish.
The project is sponsored by Cumann na Gaeilge i mBoston (The Irish Language Society of Boston), and has been supported by a Mass Humanities project grant and the Emigrant Support Programme of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Ireland.
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