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Irish 102: An Introduction to Irish Language and Culture

Find out how to speak, write and understand basic words, phrases and dialogues in Irish.

Irish 102: An Introduction to Irish Language and Culture
  • Duration4 weeks
  • Weekly study4 hours

Develop your knowledge of the basics of the Irish language

Ireland is home to one of the oldest living languages in Europe.

This course follows the course Irish 101: An Introduction to Irish Language and Culture.

On this course, you’ll improve your understanding of basic spoken words, phrases and dialogues in Irish.

You’ll learn how to discuss the weather, tell the time and expand your language awareness.

You’ll explore the vibrant culture of Ireland, by learning about Irish place-names, the Irish calendar, traditional festivals and the fusion of art, language and culture.

Bígí linn – join us!

What topics will you cover?

  • Introduction to the Irish language
  • An Cló Gaelach and Irish script
  • Greetings and blessings
  • Arranging to meet a friend
  • The weather and its many forms
  • The calendar, seasons, months of the year and days of the week
  • Traditional festivals and their Celtic roots
  • Numbers and telling the time
  • What you wear, clothes and colours
  • Food and drink
  • Art, culture and language

When would you like to start?

  • Date to be announced

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What will you achieve?

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

  • Engage with the Irish language through culture
  • Explore Irish script and the use of An Cló Gaelach in manuscripts and printed literature
  • Reflect on greetings and blessings in the Irish language
  • Describe the weather in its many forms
  • Explore the fusion of culture and language in the calendar, days of the week and seasons
  • Discuss what clothes you wear, food you eat and what you drink
  • Compare clothes and colours
  • Debate art as a product of language and culture
  • Describe the time and arrange to meet a friend

Who is the course for?

This course is aimed at anyone interested in Irish language and culture.

Who will you learn with?

Ciarán MacMurchaidh

Ciarán MacMurchaidh

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.

Elaine Beirne

Elaine Beirne

I am a researcher and doctoral candidate interested in how and why students learn the Irish language. I enjoy supporting students in the learning of Irish and its many cultural facets.

Caitríona Nic Giolla Mhichíl

Caitríona Nic Giolla Mhichíl

I am a teacher of Irish and History and lecture through Irish in Dublin City University. I enjoy helping those who wish to learn how to speak Irish and discover the rich culture woven through it.

Mairéad Nic Giolla Mhichíl

Mairéad Nic Giolla Mhichíl

I am an associate professor of Information Technology here at Dublin City University. Supporting students to speak, engage and experience Irish in its many forms is a central facet of my role.

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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