Susan Gallivan (Siobhán Gallivaín)
Susan Gallivan, a native of Dublin, studied Irish in school beginning at age 5. In her early teen years, she attended an Irish language camp in County Kerry, Coláiste Bhreanan, and spent time in the Gaeltacht in Donegal. Susan taught secondary school in Ireland for several years, and has taught Irish with Ár dTeanga Féin since 1987. She has studied and taught with Daltaí na Gaeilge for many years and has spent time in Oideas Gael in Donegal studying Irish.
Susan Ott has been studying Irish for twelve years, after a language background of Latin, French and Spanish. She has been a student and teacher with Ár dTeanga Féin since 1998. She has studied and taught with Daltaí na Gaeilge, and has studied at Oideas Gael in Glencolombkille, County Donegal, Ireland. A clinical psychologist, Susan has a strong background in teaching, a belief in active learning, and a commitment to helping students at all levels have fun as they gain competence in spoken and written Irish. Susan has children who play Irish harp, whistle, flute and fiddle. Her youngest daughter is a championship Irish stepdancer.
Deirdra Murphy gained her love for the language and culture of Ireland through her family in Connamara, where she learned stories, poems and songs. She started attending classes with Ár dTeanga Féin in 2001 and is a passionate student, teacher and language activist who enjoys networking with other individuals and organizations who are committed to helping the language thrive both here and abroad.