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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.

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Irish 104: An Introduction to Irish Language and Culture
  • Duration

    4 weeks
  • Weekly study

    4 hours

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!


  • Week 1


    • Fáilte/Welcome

      Welcome to Irish 104

    • Mise/Myself

      Re-introduce yourself!

    • An Aimsir Chaite/The Past Tense

      We will learn about the past tense.

    • Laethanta Saoire/Holidays

      Let's discuss holidays and vacations.

    • An Ghaeltacht - Spotsolas/Spotlight

      We will explore the Donegal Gaeltacht.

    • Ról na mBan/The Role of Women

      We will learn about the role of women in Irish society and mythology.

    • Súil siar ar an tSeachtain/Review of the Week

      Let's review our progress this week.

  • Week 2

    Ainmhithe & Peataí/Animals & Pets

    • Fáilte/Welcome

      Welcome to Week 2

    • Lámh chúnta/A helping hand

      This activity is for learners who are joining late.

    • Ainmhithe na hÉireann/Animals of Ireland

      Learn about the animals of Ireland and their role in Irish life.

    • Mo Pheataí/My Pets

      In this activity you will learn how to describe your pets.

    • Ainmhithe agus Cultúr/Animals and Culture

      Animals have played an important role in Irish mythology, which we will learn about here...

    • Súil siar ar an tSeachtain/Review of the Week

      Let's review our progress this week.

  • Week 3


    • Fáilte/Welcome

      Welcome to Week 3 of Irish 104

    • Treoracha/Orders

      In this activity you will learn about the Imperative Mood, and how to give instructions.

    • Bímis ag bácáil!/Let's bake!

      In this activity, we will learn about the Imperative Mood in relation to recipes and baking.

    • Comharthaí/Signs

      In this activity you will learn how the Modh Ordaitheach/Imperative Mood is used in road signs.

    • An Ghaeltacht - Spotsolas/Spotlight

      In this activity you will learn some more about the Donegal Gaeltacht, specifically the area of Cloch Cheann Fhaola in the North West.

    • An Rúraíocht/The Ulster Cycle

      In this activity you will hear another tale from Séamus Seanchaí, find out more about An Rúraíocht, and also find some Irish music and poetry.

    • Súil siar ar an tSeachtain/Review of the Week

      In this activity we will review what we learned this week and take a brief look at what is to come in Week 4.

  • Week 4


    • Fáilte/Welcome to Week 4

      We welcome learners to the final week of Irish 104

    • Ag déanamh socruithe/Making arrangements

      Learning how to make plans and arrange events.

    • Ag tabhairt cuiridh/Inviting someone

      We will learn how to arrange plans and confirm details.

    • An Ghaeltacht - Spotsolas/Spotlight

      In this activity you will learn some more about Oideas Gael and the Donegal Gaeltacht.

    • Miotaseolaíocht & Scéalaíocht/Mythology & Stories

      In this activity, you will learn more about An Rúraíocht/The Ulster Cycle of Irish mythology and more about the role of women in Irish mythology and storytelling.

    • Deireadh na Seachtaine/End of the Week

      In this activity, we will review what we have learned over the week and the course.

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
  • 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?

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.

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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