Newsletter #33: January 2016

Still looking for a New Year's resolution? Register for an Irish class with Gaelchultúr!

We all know what the most common question asked at this time of the year is: ‘What’s your New Year’s resolution?’ Among the most popular resolutions made at the beginning of this month are to try a new experience, to take part in a new social event and to learn something new. Well, we think you should combine all three of the above and register for an Irish class with Gaelchultúr this spring!

Are you interested in the Irish language, but never had the opportunity to learn it? Do you wish you were better able to help your children with their Irish homework? Do you understand a lot of the language, but don’t have the confidence to have a proper conversation? Are you pretty fluent but want to improve your vocabulary, your understanding of grammar and your conversation skills? People do Irish classes with Gaelchultúr for a myriad of different reasons, and we have courses to cater to every level of ability and fluency, from absolute beginners to fluent speakers.

Because Gaelchultúr uses an effective teaching approach, an interesting syllabus relevant to the lives of learners and because class teachers are highly qualified and vastly experienced, the learner is guaranteed a very positive experience in an encouraging, learner-centred environment. They are made to feel at ease from the start and are encouraged to learn at their own pace.

The spring programme of classes will commence the week beginning 1 February 2016. Classes will run for ten weeks and will be available at the following levels:

• Bunrang 1 (Beginners)
• Bunrang 2 (Elementary)
• Meánrang 1 (Lower Intermediate)
• Meánrang 2 (Upper Intermediate)
• Ardrang 1 (Advanced)
• Ardrang 2 (Advanced 2)
• Cruinneas sa Ghaeilge 1 (Accuracy in Irish)

For more information about Gaelchultúr’s spring 2016 course, please click here. To download the course brochure, please click here.

Valuable support resources

We understand that it can be difficult, when attending a language class once a week, to practise at home the things you have learned in class. To help learners get the most out of our classes, they are each given a booklet of notes and an audio CD at the beginning of the course. Learners can also access this material on Gaelchultúr’s e-learning website,

A Taste of Irish

Gaelchultúr will be running a free event that will give you the chance to drop in to our centre and learn about our courses, try a sample class and check out our teaching approach. This event, called Blaiseadh den Ghaeilge/A Taste of Irish, will take place in Gaelchultúr’s centre at 11 Clare Street, Dublin 2, on Saturday, 23 January. Call into us between 12.00pm and 1.00pm and we’ll assess your standard of Irish. You’ll then have an opportunity to attend a 20-minute Irish class, which will give you an idea of the teaching approach we use. You’ll also be able to register for the spring course, should you wish, but there will be no obligation on you to do so.

If you’re unable to attend the above event, you can call into Gaelchultúr between 6.00pm and 7.00pm on 26, 27, or 28 January for an assessment. This is free of charge, will only take about 15 minutes and there’s no need to book in advance.

Classes can be booked online at, or by calling (01) 484 5220 or 1890 252 900.