An Intro to Irish Folklore and the Irish Language

An Intro to Irish Folklore and the Irish Language
From 09 September 2024
10 Weeks
20 Hours


Are you interested in Irish folklore and would you like to start learning the language in which these tales were originally told? If so, then this brand new course would be perfect for you.

This 10 week course will give learners an introduction to Irish folklore and the Irish language. Irish placenames and Gaelic festivals will be discussed during the course. Gaelic folklore, superstitions and customs related to marriage, the house, the weather, remedies, food, and many more topics will also be discussed. The Irish language will be taught in the context of these course topics and will incorporate both daily-spoken language and phrases or proverbs related to the topics.

What does this course comprise?

  • 20 hours of live classes online
  • A digital handbook filled with high-quality learning materials

Who is this course for?
The course is suitable for those who are not already familiar with Irish, including complete beginners. It’s aimed at those who would like to learn more about Irish folklore while simultaneously being introduced to the Irish language. If desired, learners can continue on to complete a full Irish-language course with Gaelchultúr following this.

Learning Outcomes
Below are the learning outcomes for students who successfully complete the programme:

  • You will enhance your knowledge of Irish folklore and how it relates to the Irish language and contemporary Ireland.
  • You will enhance your knowledge of Irish heritage and culture.
  • You will learn basic Irish language skills. You will be able to provide a simple description of yourself and you will know Irish phrases or proverbs such as superstitions related to the course topics.

Learning Approach
The course will last ten weeks and will comprise a two-hour class each week. The entire course will be held online. The communicative approach to teaching will be employed which will give you the opportunity to play an active part in each class. A strong emphasis is placed on group and pair work throughout the course.

Course Author
This course was developed and will be taught by Réaltán Ní Leannáin. Réaltán has worked for many years as a lecturer in education but now teaches and practices creative writing, and she has received awards in both these fields.

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10 Weeks
20 Hours

Beginners 1 (A1) This level is aimed at those who have no knowledge of the Irish language or who know only a few words and phrases. The class is not suitable for anyone who has recently attended a beginners course or who has studied Irish at secondary school. The emphasis is on developing speaking and listening skills and grammar is taught in context for the most part. By the end of the course participants will have learnt how to engage in basic everyday interactions, talk about themselves and their background, the work they do, etc. and will have acquired a basic knowledge of grammar.

Levels Day Time Start Date

Our teaching approach

Gaelchultúr has developed comprehensive syllabuses and every class at every level follows these syllabuses.

The communicative approach to language teaching is used by Gaelchultúr’s teachers, giving learners the opportunity to play an active part in each class.

A strong emphasis is placed on group and pair work and learners therefore have a chance to practise what they’ve been taught. The main focus is on speaking and listening in all classes (with the exception of Cruinneas sa Ghaeilge), but reading and writing activities also feature.

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You will need a laptop or desktop computer, a reasonably good broadband connection and a headset with a microphone (a USB headset, if possible). Headsets can be purchased online on Amazon and other websites.
You will be sent an invitation by email about 20 minutes before the class begins. This email message will come from Zoom, the video conferencing platform used to deliver the classes.
You can, indeed. Every learner will be given the opportunity to do a technical test before the course commences and any technical issues that emerge during this test will be resolved. You don’t need to organise this – we will contact you to arrange a time after you have registered for the course.
You can but you will not be able to participate in pair work and group work activities. It is better, therefore, to use a laptop or desktop computer, if possible.
We recommend that learners switch on their camera during class as it makes the learning experience more immersive. If you do not wish to turn on your camera, however, that’s perfectly fine.
There will be at least six other learners in the class and a maximum of eighteen people.
Pair work and group work activities will be an integral part of each class, therefore you’ll have plenty of opportunities to speak Irish. You will also be able to raise a virtual hand and ask the teacher questions whenever you like.
No. A digital booklet containing all the material you’ll need during the course will be emailed to you before the course commences and you will be able to use this booklet during the classes and for studying between the sessions. The cost of this booklet is included in the course fee. You will also be able to access all of the notes online. The beginners and lower intermediate classes are based on the books in the Gaeilge gan Stró! series but learners in those classes are not required to buy those publications. Note: Those attending Accuracy 1 and Accuracy 2 will be required to buy the grammar book Gramadach gan Stró! before the course commences. They will be able to buy this book at half price (€10), plus postage.
In the case of the beginners and intermediate level classes, there will be written exercises from time to time but the emphasis will be on the spoken language for the most part. We will teach grammar in context, as it’s required, and we will always ensure that there isn’t too much focus on grammatical rules. There will be a greater emphasis on writing and grammar in the higher level classes, particularly in the accuracy in Irish classes.

Terms and Conditions

  • Course fees may be refunded in full to a learner up to five working days prior to the commencement of the course. The refund must by requested by contacting Gaelchultúr’s staff by email or by phone. (Our contact details can be found here.)
  • If, following the first class, the student decides that he/she would like to discontinue the course, 60% of the total fee will be refunded to him/her. Thereafter, no refund will be made to the student.
  • Gaelchultúr Teoranta has the right to cancel a class or to amalgamate classes.
  • If it is necessary to cancel a class, every effort will be made to place the participants in another class or to register them for an online course. A full refund will be made to the customer if these options do not suit him/her.
  • A student may defer his/her registration only once. If he/she wishes to defer registration, he/she must notify Gaelchultúr’s staff of this by week three of the course. No refund will be made to the student if he/she does not accept a place on the next course he/she is due to attend.
  • Gaelchultúr will accept no responsibility in the event that a student registers at the wrong level. We advise our students to do our online Irish test or to seek our advice to ensure that they are undertaking the correct level.
  • If a student wants to move to another level, we cannot guarantee that a space will be available for him/her at that level. Should a space be available, Gaelchultúr will charge a €10 administration fee for making the change. A change may only be made to another level following the first class.
  • Course fees must be paid in full prior to commencement of the course. Attendance on a course is subject to full payment of fees.