Dr. Michael McIntyre received bachelor’s and master’s degrees from U.C. Berkeley and S.F. State University in literature, and an earned doctorate from the University of Southern California. Additionally, he has earned a certificate of completion from the Atlantic Gaelic Academy and is currently pursuing a degree from Sabhal Mòr Ostaig on the Isle of Skye in Scotland.
In 2013, he was awarded the singular honor of the Bonn Òr– the Gold Medal – in written poetry from the Royal National Mod in Scotland (the premiere celebration of Gaelic language and culture).
He taught English composition, literature, and related topics for more than 20 years in various colleges and universities in the United States but is now dedicating himself to “spreading the word” – the word of Gaelic – or Gàidhlig -- that is.
Although he comes from a Gaelic-speaking family – his grandmother won the Bonn Òr for singing in the 1910 Royal National Mod – he, himself, came to Gaelic rather late. He does not have the Gaelic on ghlùn – from the knee of the mother (or grandmother, even), but while researching his doctoral dissertation on Gaelic language revival and formal education, he decided he should learn the language he was studying, and so began his long odyssey into the language of his ancestors. Of our ancestors.
Intro about Michael and why learn Gàidhlig!
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