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Irish 108: An Introduction to Irish Language and Culture

Build on your existing knowledge of the Irish language and culture; cover topics like giving directions and making arrangements.

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Irish 108: An Introduction to Irish Language and Culture
  • Duration4 weeks
  • Weekly study4 hours
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Improve your ability in speaking and reading in Irish

Building upon Irish 107, this course is an opportunity to continue developing your understanding of Irish language and culture. You will use what you’ve learnt from previous courses and explore topics in greater depth.

You will learn how to ask for a favour as well as ask and answer questions about directions. You will practise how to make arrangements with others and accept or decline invitations. You will also learn to understand grammar in relation to these topics.

By the end of the course, you will have gained a greater insight into the link between the Irish language and culture today.


  • Week 1

    Treoracha, Suíomh, agus Gluaiseacht/Directions, State, and Movement

    • Fáilte chuig an gCúrsa/Welcome to the Course

      Fáilte go Irish 108. Welcome to Irish 108. Let's take a look at what we will learn over the course of this week, and throughout the course itself.

    • Áiseanna/Amenities

      Let's revise how to talk about our local amenities and learn how to describe where they are located.

    • An Teach/The House

      In the activity we will return to the topic of rooms in the house and learn how to describe where certain household objects are situated.

    • Nótaí Gramadaí/Grammar Notes

      Let's take a closer look at the grammatical rules necessary when describing directions, state, and movement.

    • An Pop Up Gaeltacht/The Pop Up Gaeltacht

      We will explore the Pop Up Gaeltacht in this activity.

    • Fadó in Éirinn/Long ago in Ireland

      Time to take a look at Irish culture, storytelling, and music.

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

      Let's reflect on what we have learned this week.

  • Week 2

    Orduithe agus Cuirí/Orders and Invitations

    • Fáilte chuig an tSeachtain/Welcome to the Week

      Fáilte go Seachtain a Dó!/Welcome to Week 2!

    • Garanna/Favours

      How does one ask for a favour in Irish?

    • An Modh Coinníollach/The Conditional Tense

      In this activity, we will discuss the conditional tense, an important aspect of Irish grammar.

    • Ord na bhFocal/Word Order

      In this section, we will explore the grammar relating to word order and giving permission.

    • An Modh Ordaitheach/The Imperative Mood

      Let's revise how to give orders and instructions!

    • Peann le Pár/Pen to Paper

      Let us practise our writing skills.

    • Líonraí Gaeilge/Irish Language Networks

      Let's learn about the Líonraí Gaeilge/Irish Language Networks.

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

      Let's delve into the customs and stories of ancient Ireland.

    • Súil siar ar an tSeachtain/Review of the Week

      Let's review the week's activities.

  • Week 3

    Ag déanamh socruithe/Making arrangements

    • Fáilte chuig Seachtain 3 / Welcome to Week 3

      Welcome to week 3 of Irish 108!

    • Ag déanamh socruithe/Making arrangements

      Learners will see how to make arrangements in Irish, ask others whether they are available to meet with them, practice asking and answering questions in Irish, and respectfully decline invitations.

    • Nótaí Gramadaí/Grammar Notes

      We will focus on how to build sentences, use accurate grammar and construct correct examples of that which we have learned.

    • An tAm/The Time

      Revision of the clock, introduction to sentence structure when organising what time to meet at, as well as listening to a conversation about people's arrangements to collect friends at various times from various locations.

    • Peann le Pár/Pen to Paper

      In this activity, we will practise our writing skills.

    • Líonraí Gaeilge/Irish-Language Networks

      We will explore the Líonra Gaeilge in Béal Feirste/Belfast.

    • Fadó in Éirinn/Long ago in Ireland

      We will explore the cultural role of promises in early Irish society.

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

      We will return to and reflect on the themes of the week.

  • Week 4


    • Fáilte/Welcome

      Welcome to week 4 of Irish 108.

    • Athbhreithniú/Revision

      We will be introduced to our topic of the week, and look upon the importance of revision in learning.

    • Treoracha agus Suíomh/Directions and Location

      Let's revise directions and location.

    • Garanna agus Cead/Favours and Permission

      Let's revise both favours and asking for permission.

    • Ag déanamh socruithe/Making arrangements

      Let's revise how to make an arragement.

    • Líonra Gaeilge/Irish-Language Network

      We will learn about Carn Tóchair/Carntogher in Doire/Derry.

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

      Let's learn more about the songs and stories of Ireland.

    • Súil siar ar an tSeachtain/Review of the Week

      Let us revise what we have learned over this week, and over the course.

When would you like to start?

Start straight away and learn at your own pace. If the course hasn’t started yet you’ll see the future date listed below.

What will you achieve?

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

  • Engage with the Irish language through culture
  • Develop skills in sentence construction and broaden your understanding of grammar
  • Discuss and give information about specific locations, directions and movements
  • Explore Irish mythology, poetry, music and song
  • Describe and make arrangements to meet others
  • Engage in conversation with regard to asking a person for a favour or giving permission
  • Reflect on elements of grammar and sentence construction covered during the course
  • Apply knowledge regarding the topics covered in practical tasks

Who is the course for?

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

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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