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Irish 104: An Introduction to Irish Language and Culture

Learn to talk about arrangements and give commands, whilst discovering the role of women in Irish myths and legends.

Irish 104: An Introduction to Irish Language and Culture

  • Duration 4 weeks
  • Weekly study 4 hours
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Improve your basic conversational Irish whilst delving into Irish culture

Ireland is home to one of the oldest living languages in Europe. This follows the course Irish 103: 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 make arrangements to meet other people, talk about going on holiday and give commands. You’ll also explore the myths and legends of Ireland and the role of women within these stories.

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

Bígí linn – join us!

What topics will you cover?

  • Introduction to the Irish language
  • Introducing and describing yourself
  • Making arrangements to meet other people
  • Introduction to the future tense
  • Asking and answering questions
  • Commands and how to use them in everyday situations
  • Storytelling in Irish, myths and legends
  • Going on holidays
  • The role of women in Irish myths and legends

When would you like to start?

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  • Available now
    This course started 27 May 2019

What will you achieve?

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

  • Engage with the Irish language through culture
  • Discuss how to make specific arrangements to meet other people
  • Describe going on holidays and answer questions regarding the arrangements
  • Explain and ask questions regarding other peoples holidays and general arrangements
  • Engage with Irish mythical stories and sagas
  • Explore and read about the role of women in Irish myths and legends
  • Identify and use basic grammatical concepts
  • Apply and use commands in different situations

Who is the course for?

This course is for anyone, anywhere, who wants to learn Irish. It would also be of use to indigenous learners who wish to recap their language skills.

Who will you learn with?

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 the key to the culture and heritage of Ireland.

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.

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.

Conchúr Mac Lochlainn

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 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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