Online course

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.

Irish 105: An Introduction to Irish Language and Culture

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.

What topics will you cover?

  • Continuation of introduction to the Irish language
  • Introducing and describing yourself
  • Holding a conversation at social occasions
  • Talking about your family
  • Discussing pastimes and your interests
  • Travelling and time
  • Course related Irish mythology, poetry, music and song

When would you like to start?

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?

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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