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Irish 106: An Introduction to Irish Language and Culture

Delve deeper into Irish language and culture. You’ll explore past and future tenses - plus new subjects, like food and drink.

Irish 106: An Introduction to Irish Language and Culture

Immerse yourself in one of Europe’s oldest living languages

This course is an excellent opportunity for you to further expand your knowledge of Irish language and culture.

Building upon Irish 105, you’ll recap what you’ve learnt on our previous beginner courses, before moving to new subjects - such as work, food and drink, and the weekend.

By the end of the course, you’ll have progressed your language skills further and you will be familiar with past and future tenses. You’ll also delve deeper into Irish’s cultural context and its relevance to modern Irish life.

What topics will you cover?

  • Introduction to the Irish language
  • Introducing and describing yourself
  • Conversing about work and occupations
  • Talking about your weekend activities
  • Food and drink
  • How to discuss issues relating to health and illness
  • Course related Irish mythology, poetry, music and song

When would you like to start?

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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
  • Explain simple aspects regarding your occupation and work related topics
  • Describe your weekend activities whilst conversing and answering questions
  • Compare and discuss aspects regarding food and drink in social situations
  • Apply and use grammatical concepts in context
  • Develop your spoken skills using the past and future tenses
  • Explore Irish mythology, poetry, music and song
  • Discuss general topics relating to health and illness and how they impact you

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.

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.

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.

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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