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Irish 105: An Introduction to Irish Language and Culture

Deepen your understanding of Irish culture and language, exploring new conversational subjects such as the family and pastimes.

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Irish 105: An Introduction to Irish Language and Culture
  • Duration

    4 weeks
  • Weekly study

    4 hours

Allow the Irish language to draw you closer to the Irish way of life

Endorsed and supported by the Irish government, this course is the perfect opportunity for you to continue developing your understanding of Irish language and culture.

Building upon Irish 104, you’ll recap what you’ve learnt on the 4 previous courses, before tackling new subjects, such as social occasions, the family, pastimes and travel.

By the end of the course, you’ll have progressed further with spoken phrases, and questions - and will be able to speak in more detail about yourself. You’ll also possess a greater understanding of Irish culture, and where Gaeilge fits into Ireland today.


  • Week 1

    Socruithe agus Taisteal/Arrangements and Travel

    • Fáilte chuig an gCúrsa/Welcome to the Course

      Welcome to Irish 105

    • Ócáidí Sóisialta/Social Occasions

      Let's learn about social occasions and activities.

    • Ar bhuail tú le ...?/Have you met …?

      Let's meet the Fáilte ar Líne team, and learn how to get to know people in Irish!

    • Spotsolas ar an nGaeltacht/Spotlight on the Gaeltacht

      We will learn about Gaeltacht na Gaillimhe/The Galway Gaeltacht.

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

      Séamus will tell us another folklore story, and we will learn more about ancient Ireland.

    • Súil siar ar an tSeachtain/Review of the Week

      We will revise what we have learned this week, and take a look at what we will explore in the week to come.

  • Week 2

    An Teaghlach/The Family

    • Fáilte/Welcome

      Welcome to Week 2 of Irish 105.

    • An Teaghlach/The Family

      We will discuss the family.

    • Cá bhfuil cónaí air?/Where does he live?

      Let's learn about describing where you live.

    • Spotsolas ar an nGaeltacht/Spotlight on the Gaeltacht

      We will learn of na hOileáin Árann/The Aran Islands

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

      Séamus will tell us of Clann Lír...

    • Súil siar ar an tSeachtain/Review of the Week

      We will revise what we have learned...

  • Week 3


    • Fáilte/Welcome

      Welcome to week 3!

    • Plé agus tacaíocht/Discussion and support

      Let's talk about revision and helping each other.

    • Caitheamh Aimsire/Pastimes

      Let's talk about passions and pastimes!

    • Spotsolas ar an nGaeltacht/Spotlight on the Gaeltacht

      Let's explore Cathair na Gaillimhe/Galway City!

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

      Séamus will tell us of Lugh Ildánach/Lugh of the many talents!

    • Súil siar ar an tSeachtain/Review of the Week

      We we review the progress we have made....

  • Week 4

    Taisteal Laethúil/Daily Travel

    • Fáilte/Welcome

      Welcome to our final week of Irish 105. We will take a look at the themes we will touch upon this week.

    • Taisteal Laethúil/Daily Travel

      In this activity we will learn how to describe our daily commutes, and travel. We will explore how we travel, how long it takes, and what we do to pass the time.

    • Tuairimí/Opinions

      In this activity, we will look more at transport, and our opinions on it. We will learn how to express these opinions.

    • Spotsolas ar an nGaeltacht/Spotlight on the Gaeltacht

      In this activity we will look for the last time at Gaeltacht Chonamara, including Trá an Dóilín in An Cheathrú Rua. © Garry Smales/Wikimedia Commons

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

      Let's look at different forms of transport in Irish mythology and early Ireland, like the curach below. © Maria_Janus/Shutterstock.com

    • Filíocht/Poetry

      In this activity we will take a look at some poetry.

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

      Let's review what we have learned in Irish 105.

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...

  • Engage with the Irish language through culture
  • Discuss various aspects regarding the family and your personal status
  • Describe your family in greater detail whilst conversing and answering questions
  • Compare and discuss your interests and pastimes
  • Develop your spoken skills using time in the context of your daily travel plans
  • Explore Irish mythology, poetry, music and song
  • Apply and use grammatical concepts in context

Who is the course for?

This course is suited to learners from all over the world, including the Irish diaspora and non-natives with an enthusiasm for Irish culture. It would also be of value to indigenous learners who wish to recap their language skills, or to learn from scratch.

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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