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Irish 201: An Introduction to Irish Language and Culture

Learn about the rich culture found in the Irish language while developing your spoken, reading, listening and writing skills.

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Irish 201: An Introduction to Irish Language and Culture
  • Duration

    4 weeks
  • Weekly study

    4 hours

Learn how to describe your background, family and where you live in Irish

Build on your existing basic knowledge of the Irish language and culture. Whether you’re looking to work, study or travel in Ireland, gain a greater insight into the Irish language and improve your language skills on this engaging online course.

You will cover a range of topics that will help you speak and write about yourself, your home and family along with learning some aspects of Irish grammar. You will hear from Irish speakers who speak and use Irish everyday and learn more about Irish culture through literature, sport and music.


  • Week 1

    Cúlra pearsanta/Your background

    • Fáilte chuig an gCúrsa/Welcome to the Course

      Welcome to Irish 201!

    • Cúlra pearsanta/Your background

      In this activity, we will learn all about you!

    • Uimhreacha/Numbers

      We will discuss numbers, an important building block in description.

    • Dár gcur in aithne/Introducing ourselves

      In this activity, we will revise what we have learned and turn towards introducing ourselves.

    • An Ghaeilge Bheo

      We will learn about pobal Ghlas Naoín, Glasnevin, in Central Dublin.

    • Céard atá foghlamtha agat?/What have you learnt?

      Let us revise what we have learned this week.

  • Week 2

    Cárb as duit?/Where are you from?

    • Fáilte chuig an tSeachtain/Welcome to the Week

      Welcome to week 2 of Irish 201!

    • Cá bhfuil cónaí ort?/Where do you live?

      Let's talk about where you live...

    • Áiseanna/Amenities

      In this activity, we turn to learning about different types of áiseanna, or amenities.

    • Cleachtaimis/Let's practice

      We will now turn to applying what we have learned this week!

    • An Ghaeilge Bheo

      In this section, we will discuss learning Irish, and more specifically childhood education.

    • Súil siar ar an tSeachtain/Review of the Week

      Let's revise what we have learned together this week.

  • Week 3

    An Teaghlach/The Family

    • Fáilte go Seachtain 3/Welcome to Week 3

      Let's take a look at what we'll cover this week!

    • An Teaghlach/The Family

      We'll look at some of the vocabulary related to family members.

    • Déan cur sios orthu/Describe them

      In this activity, we will describe any children we may have.

    • Imeacht teaghlaigh/A family event

      In this activity we will learn about how to discuss family occasions.

    • Cleachtaimis/Let's practice

      In this activity, we will practice what we have learned thus far.

    • An Ghaeilge Bheo

      In this activity, we will learn about Bunscoil Mobhí, an Irish-language primary school.

    • Súil siar ar an tseachtain/Review of the Week

      We will now revise what we have learned this week.

  • Week 4

    An Teach/The house

    • Fáilte chuig an tseachtain/Welcome to the week

      Welcome to week four of Irish 201!

    • An teach/The house

      In this activity, we will discuss the house.

    • Sa teach/In the house

      In this activity, we will discuss the interior of the house..

    • Inis dúinn faoin teach/Tell us about the house

      In this activity, we move to learning how to discuss the house.

    • Cleachtaimis/Let's practise

      In this activity, we will practice what we have learned.

    • Cultúr na hÉireann

      In this activity, we will delve further into aspects of Irish culture.

    • Súil siar ar an gcúrsa/Review of the course

      We will review what we have learned over the length of this course.

When would you like to start?

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Learning on this course

You can take this self-guided course and learn at your own pace. On every step of the course you can meet other learners, share your ideas and join in with active discussions in the comments.

What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to...

  • Describe one’s personal background in Irish, such as place of birth, nationality, name, age and home address
  • Discuss one’s local area and place of residence
  • Describe one’s family in Irish
  • Discuss one’s accommodation in Irish
  • Engage with pieces of spoken and written Irish based on the themes of the course
  • Produce short written tasks using set phrases relating to specific topics covered in the course
  • Develop confidence to express information and opinions in Irish relating to the themes of the course
  • Explore different aspects of Irish grammar in context
  • Engage with elements of Irish culture and mythology through storytelling, music, literature and song

Who is the course for?

This course is for adult elementary language learners working towards an intermediate level of Irish, and anyone who wants to continue to learn the basics of Irish and the culture associated with it.

Who will you learn with?

Ollamh le Gaeilge in DCU. Eochair do chultúr agus d'oidhreacht na tíre í an Ghaeilge, dar liom.
Professor of Irish in DCU. I believe that Irish is a key to the culture and heritage of Ireland.

Associate Professor and Senior Researcher in Dublin City University. Head of the Ideas Lab in the National Institute for Digital Learning@DCU - @1MNGM

I am a designer and doctoral candidate working to better understand the motivations and self-concepts of those learning Irish. I enjoy helping learners explore both these themes and our language.

I am an educator, senior project manager & lecture through Irish in Dublin City University. I enjoy helping learners, learn online, speak Irish & discover the rich culture woven through the language.

Who developed the course?

Dublin City University

Dublin City University is a young, dynamic and ambitious Irish university with a distinctive mission to transform lives and societies through education, research and innovation.

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