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Brenau going green to celebrate Ireland next week
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A headstone features the iconic Celtic cross at an old cemetery in Strandhill, Ireland, on the country’s west coast in 2017. - photo by Shannon Casas

Brenau University is putting the golds and reds of fall on hold next week and going green with Irish heritage.

The university is launching its third International Week program — a few days set aside to celebrate a culture from around the world — that started in 2016 with Brazil and continued in 2017 with Ghana.

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Gnimbin Ouattara during a chocolate tasting event during Brenau's International Week celebrating Ghana in 2017. - photo by AJ Reynolds/Brenau University

This year, the university has decided on Ireland. International Week involves daily activities for students, faculty and staff, but includes a few events for the public.

To kick the week off on Monday, Oct. 29, three-piece Irish band Ah Surely will play a concert at 12:30 p.m. in Pearce Auditorium at 202 Boulevard NE on the Gainesville campus.

Also beginning Monday, Oct. 29, Brenau’s radio station, WBCX, will broadcast a range of Irish music on 89.1 FM throughout the week.

And on Nov. 1, Brenau’s dance and music departments have set an Irish performance of traditional music and dance beginning at 12:30 p.m. in Pearce Auditorium. The performance is named, “Ceol, Damhsa Agus Craic!” meaning music, dance and fun.

The Brenau University dining hall will serve an Irish meal on Nov. 2, according to Jordan Anderson, director of international initiatives at the university. The dining hall costs $8 for the public.

The goal of International Week — and its spinoff benefits for the public in Gainesville — is to offer more than a skin-deep look at the world’s myriad cultures.

“We want to make a more concerted effort to make students aware of what’s going on around the world — teach them some things, but also make it fun,” Anderson said. “That’s why we focus on one country in particular, so we can talk about issues that are happening now, issues that have happened in the past and then teach them (about the culture).”

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Sheep roam the hillside on a hike to the ancient burial mound of Carrowkeel in 2017. - photo by Shannon Casas
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