About us / Fúinn
CNAG GAELIC LEAGUE LA is a non-profit organization dedicated to preserving and promoting Gaelic (Irish, Scottish, & Manx) languages and cultures.
We are a branch of Conradh na Gaeilge (The Gaelic League) which was founded in Ireland in 1893 and was a major force in the language and literary revival of Irish language and culture in Ireland.
We joined Conradh na Gaeilge in 2014 and became a non-profit organization in 2016.
Our branch name is Craobh na nAingeal meaning The Branch of the Angels as we are based in the city of Angeles (Los Angeles).
In 2016 we offered our first 15-week course in Culver City. Our second course will be offered in 5 locations around LA: Culver, Wilshire, Glendale, Agoura Hills, and Redondo Beach.
We are available to share our love and knowledge of culture with communities throughout Los Angeles. Language, music, dance: whatever you need to learn about Gaelic cultures, please contact us at
Caitríona is a qualified Irish dance teacher who also has one degree in education and two in language. She speaks four languages (English, Irish, Japanese, and Spanish) and dabbles in many more.
Caitríona has been a guest on Irish language radio stations, helped with Irish translations for commercials, TV programs, and film. Her blog in Irish won Best Blog in Irish in Ireland in 2015. She is the second most prolific tweeter in Irish on the planet. Dancing with the Chieftains, doing choreography for theater, or acting for TV: it is all done for love of her culture. Her life in Irish in LA was featured in an Irish Times article on those who use Irish abroad.
She has taught at all levels of education and has been teaching for over 30 years.
Director of Children's Education
Arge is a graduate of Yale who not only speaks Irish but also passed the love of the language and culture along to his children.
Having mastered the language through visits to Ireland and studies here in the US, Arge has amassed a wealth of teaching materials and knowledge.
With all this knowledge, experience, and wealth of materials we now have an effective program that passes on language skills to children in an enjoyable way.
The emphasis is on fun in the language learning program for children.
Erin is the visionary and creative founder of Céilí Rua who is determined to help people have fun learning Gaelic dancing. Céilí Rua is the dance division of The Gaelic League. As classes were initially held at The Wilde Thistle, Céilí Rua or a Wild Gathering was the perfect choice of name.
Céilí Dancing is Irish Folk Dancing for social enjoyment usually featuring progressive dancing in facing pairs of lines. Reel and jig steps cover most dances. Many of the dances are a way of telling a story and preserving history. Erin's experience as a teacher of young children ensures even the youngest of dances enjoy dancing.
Erin choreographs dances, networks with musicians, teaches with love for the craft, and has a particular skill in getting people to fall in love with Gaelic dances. She also gets us fit with monthly hikes where we sing and learn phrases in Gàidhlig.
Liana Louise teaches dance and arranges choreography for Céilí Rua. She has been trained in over 20 styles of dance including Ballet, Character, and International Folk Dance. Her skills and knowledge of dance have taken her all over the USA and abroad, performing and teaching.
Her experience expands the boundaries of Irish dance and combines traditional Irish styles with traditional dances around the world. A former member of Dance Corps Ballet Company in Pasadena, CA, Liana toured four years with the world-famous Duquesne University Tamburitzans from Pittsburgh, PA. She also performs and teaches folk dance in the L.A. Unified School District.
Having learned so many styles of dance for over 25 years, Liana feels that dance is the language all can speak, the power that breaks down barriers, and the fuel that drives the soul. To this day her feet never want to leave the dance floor!