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Irish 103: An Introduction to Irish Language and Culture

Learn to talk about occupations, daily life and personal skills in this third introductory course on the Irish language.

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Irish 103: An Introduction to Irish Language and Culture
  • Duration

    4 weeks
  • Weekly study

    4 hours

Develop your understanding of Irish language and culture

On this course, you will develop your written and spoken understanding of basic words and phrases about yourself, occupations, daily routines, shopping, and skills and abilities.

You will learn about the cultural system of the Celts and ancient Irish people, and experience the importance of storytelling and singing within Irish culture and language.

This course follows Irish 102: An Introduction to Irish Language and Culture.

Join now to discover the links between Irish language and contemporary Irish culture and society.

Bígí linn – join us!


  • Week 1

    Mise & Tusa/Me & You

    • Fáilte/Welcome

      Welcome to Week 1 of Irish 103!

    • Mise/Myself

      Let's talk about you!

    • Slite Beatha/Occupations

      Now we will learn about professions and occupations.

    • Fadó, fadó in Éirinn.../In Ireland long ago...

      We will discover and explore the Celtic social structure, as well as look at mythology.

    • Súil siar ar an tSeachtain/Review of the Week

      We will revise what we have learned this week.

  • Week 2

    An Saol Laethúil/Everyday Life

    • Fáilte/Welcome

      Welcome to Week 2 of Irish 103!

    • An Saol Laethúil/Everyday Life

      Now we will talk about our daily routines.

    • Amchlár Seachtaine/Weekly Timetable

      Let's discuss your weekly routine.

    • Amhránaíocht agus Scéalaíocht/Singing and Storytelling

      We will now explore singing and storytelling.

    • Súil siar ar an tSeachtain/Review of the Week

      In this section we will review the progress we have made so far.

  • Week 3

    Siopadóireacht & Airgead/Shopping & Money

    • Fáilte/Welcome

      Welcome to Week 3 of Irish 103

    • Siopadóireacht/Shopping

      In this activity, we will explore shopping

    • Airgead/Money

      In this activity, we will learn about currencies and types of money.

    • Scéalaíocht & Siopaí/Stories & Shops

      In this activity we will look at the links between culture, storytelling, and shopping.

    • Súil siar ar an tSeachtain/Review of the Week

      Review of the week

  • Week 4

    Scileanna & Teangacha/Skills & Languages

    • Fáilte/Welcome

      Welcome to week 4 of Irish 103

    • Scileanna & Buanna/Skills & Talents

      We will discuss talents and skills you may have.

    • Teangacha/Languages

      In this activity, we will learn about the languages you speak.

    • Léigh, Scríobh & Éist/Read, Write & Listen

      We will discuss music and Séamus will tell a story.

    • Súil siar ar an tSeachtain/Review of the Week

      Review of the week

When would you like to start?

  • Date to be announced

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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...

  • Engage with the Irish language through culture
  • Discuss occupations, skills and abilities, daily routines and going shopping
  • Engage with Irish mythical stories and sagas
  • Explore the social structure of ancient Ireland under the Celts and the important role placed on the arts
  • Discuss and describe details regarding yourself
  • Identify basic grammatical concepts

Who is the course for?

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

This course follows Irish 102: An Introduction to Irish Language and Culture.

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 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.

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.

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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