BIcoffee‘Bosnian-Irish coffee’ is brewed for you by Bronagh Ćatibušić. Its aim is to stir thought on issues relating to Bosnia-Herzegovina, Ireland and various other themes. The posts are written from the perspective of someone who’s been engaged with matters Bosnian for over twenty years. They’re the musings of an Irish woman who first visited the Balkans 1993 and, not long after, was crazy enough to marry a guy from Sarajevo. Living in a bilingual and intercultural family with her husband and their three Bosnian-Irish daughters, Bronagh hopes this blog can be a small voice for diversity, drawn from personal experience. Work and children permitting, she looks forward to covering topics such as current affairs, culture, language, education and many more… milling the serious with a blackish dash of humour. She welcomes all interesting comments and suggestions.

Bronagh completed a Ph.D. in Applied Linguistics at Trinity College Dublin in 2011, investigating the acquisition of English as an additional language (EAL) among immigrant children in Ireland. She has co-authored a book based on her doctoral research, Immigrant Pupils Learn English, which was published by Cambridge University Press in May 2014 (see links below). In 2012, she presented her research findings as a plenary speaker at a Council of Europe intergovernmental seminar on plurilingual and pluricultural education and she has contributed to other publications and conferences in this field. She lectures on EAL teaching and language methodology at St. Patrick’s College of Education, Dublin and has also been involved in innovative approaches to language testing, including the development of assessment resources for children learning EAL in Ireland. As an English language teacher, she has worked in Bosnia-Herzegovina, Japan and with refugees in Ireland.

Thanks for dropping in, please read and enjoy this blog!

Hvala za posjet, molim vas čitajte i uživajte u ovom blogu!

Book link – Immigrant Pupils Learn English: A CEFR-related empirical study of L2 development by Bronagh Ćatibušić and David Little: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Immigrant-Pupils-Learn-English-CEFR-Related/dp/1107414563/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1403622339&sr=8-1

See also – Cambridge English Profile Studies: http://www.englishprofile.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=231&Itemid=105




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  1. Thank you for stopping by my blog and follow. Yours is great. I’m glad to have find you this way. Hvala vam na posjet. Drago cu procitat dalje ovaj odlican blog.

  2. Hi there,

    My name is Robert. I am from and am living in Dublin. Although I am an English teacher I like to do some freelance journalism and was wondering if you know of any public place where Bosnians in Ireland will gather to watch the World Cup? It is such a fascinating story, and I would like to try and cover the Irish angle on it.

    Keep up the good work with the website,
    Kind regards,


    • Hi Robert,

      Glad you like the site! Living far from Dublin so probably won’t be able to join other Bosnian supporters in the city. But contact 3DCMP (3D Creative Multimedia Production, UNIT 3 John F. Kennedy Road, Dublin 12, tel. 086 860 5117) for info about watching the World Cup with Bosnian fans. It’s a wonderful story and such an achievement that Bosnia and Herzegovina have made it to Rio – here’s hoping that they keep on defying the odds!

      Best of luck with your work,

      • Hi Bronagh, A colleague and I are writing a feature for this weekend’s Sunday Times about Ireland’s plans to receive refugees and I would love to talk to somebody who came here from Bosnia. Would your husband talk to me? Unfortunately, we’re under deadline pressure so I’d be grateful to receive a quick response.

      • Hi Justine, that would be fine – could you or your colleague contact me via Twitter direct message @BiHIrishcoffee and I’ll pass on contact details. Bronagh

  3. Hi Bronagh,
    I just stumbled across your blog – which is very good and an interesting read. I myself am Bosnian, but because of the war, my family and I fled to Denmark. I’m currently doing my postgrad. here in Ireland, and was wondering whether you know of any Bosnian-Irish societies here in Ireland?


    • Hi Selma,
      Lovely to hear from you and glad you like the blog! There’s no official Bosnian-Irish association at the moment, but we’re working on this idea. Sometimes there are community events – see social media, I can also post links on Twitter @BiHIrishcoffee. I’d love to hear more about your post-grad too, good luck with it!
      Best wishes,

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