Newsletter #33: January 2016

Important dates

Events being run by Gaelchultúr:

A Taste of Irish
Gaelchultúr will be running an event called A Taste of Irish on Saturday, 23 January, in our centre at 11 Clare Street, Dublin 2. Drop into us between 12.00pm and 1.00pm and we’ll assess your standard of Irish. Once the assessment has been completed, you’ll 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.
More information: / (01) 484 5220 /
Time and date: Between 12.00pm and 1.00pm, Saturday, 23 January 2016

If you'd like to do an Irish course with Gaelchultúr but aren't sure what your level of competency in the language is, drop into the company's headquarters at 11 Clare Street, Dublin 2, at any time during the periods mentioned below and one of our teachers will assess your knowledge of the language. This assessment is free of charge, it will take approximately 15 minutes, and there’s no need to book in advance.

Assessment 16.00–7.00pmTuesday26 January 2016
Assessment 26.00–7.00pmWednesday27 January 2016
Assessment 36.00–7.00pmThursday28 January 2016

More information: / (01) 484 5220

Spring Term of Irish Language Evening Classes
Gaelchultúr offers Irish language classes at up to six levels, three times a year. Gaelchultúr’s spring programme of evening classes will begin the week commencing 1 February 2016. Classes will be held in Dublin and in Carlow, but if you think there'd be demand for classes in your area, contact us on / (01) 484 5220.
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Start date: The week commencing 1 February 2016

Certificate in Professional Irish - Levels 3, 4 and 5
These accredited courses will give public sector employees an opportunity to learn specialised language relating to their work and gain a recognised qualification in Irish at the same time. Courses will be offered this spring at level 3 (elementary), level 4 (lower intermediate) and level 5 (upper intermediate) on the National Framework of Qualifications, and a Preparatory Course (beginner) will be available for those who wish to learn Irish with us but are not quite ready to undertake the Certificate.
As well as classroom-based lessons, participants will have access to a comprehensive online course, Teastas sa Ghaeilge Ghairmiúil (Certificate in Professional Irish). This course material will help them prepare for the classroom sessions and for the final exam.

Option 1: Classes in Gaelchultúr (Dublin city centre) and e-learning (a three-hour class, once a week, for 10 weeks)
Option 2: In-house training in any part of the country and e-learning (a three-hour class, once a week, for 10 weeks)
Option 3: In-house training in any part of the country and e-learning (a one and a half hour class, once a week, for 20 weeks)
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Start dates: Tuesday, 1 March 2016 (Preparatory Course), Tuesday, 1 March 2016 (level 3), Wednesday, 2 March 2016 (level 4) and Thursday, 3 March 2016 (level 5)

Intensive Preparatory Course in Written Irish
This part-time course is aimed at those who wish to apply for a postgraduate course in Irish but who feel that they don't have the required standard in the language. It will also suit those working through the medium of Irish on a daily basis who wish to improve their written skills and grammar. Most of the course will be conducted online but classroom sessions will also be organised in Gaelchultúr’s headquarters in Dublin.
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Start date: Saturday, 6 February 2016

French–Irish Translation Course
This is a preparatory course for those who are applying for translation work in a European Union institution and who will be selecting French as a foreign language in the translation exam. The emphasis in this course will be on the written language, and especially on the translation of contemporary texts from French to Irish. The course will consist of two day sessions in the classroom, as well as five online classes, each lasting an hour and a half. Those who wish to apply for this course must have studied French up to Leaving Certificate level, at the very least.
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Start date: Saturday, 5 March 2016

Other events:

Merriman Winter School
The Merriman Winter School 2016 will be held in St Patrick’s College, Drumcondra, Dublin, 29 – 31 January. “Sráideanna Naofa Átha Cliath” is this year’s theme. The main events will include lectures, symposiums, a book launch and a bus tour but there will also be plenty of song, dance and fun at the Merriman Club. The Winter School Programme is available here.
Dates: 29 – 31 January
Venue: St Patrick’s College, Drumcondra, Dublin 9

International Pan Celtic Festival 2016
The International Pan Celtic Festival will be held in Carlow 29 March – 3 April, and there will be a varied programme of events to attend. The festival organisers are currently running a song contest, the winner of which will go on to represent Ireland at the Pan Celtic International Song Contest during the festival. The deadline for entries is the 22 January and you can find more information about the competition and about the festival in general here.
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Dates: 29 March – 3 April
Venue: Different venues in Carlow
Deadline for Song Contest: 22 January 2016

Siamsaíocht @ 6! with Gael Linn
Head over to Siamsaíocht @ 6 for some great music from Johnny Óg Connolly (accordion/melodeon), Brian McGrath (banjo) and Síle Denvir (voice/harp).
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Admission: €15, including light refreshments
Bookings: Contact Niamh de Búrca on (087) 254 7574 /
Time and date: 6.00–8.00pm, Thursday, 18 February 2016
Venue: Powerscourt Theatre, Powerscourt Townhouse, Dublin 2

Bilingual Seminar: The Importance of the Irish Language to Irish Identity
Conradh na Gaeilge will be running a bilingual seminar on Tuesday, 26 January 2016, in the Mansion House in Dublin. The seminar is entitled ‘The Importance of the Irish Language to Irish Identity’, and Michael MacDowell, Fiach Mac Conghail, Caitríona Ní Chléirchín and Máirtín Ó Muilleoir will all be speaking at the event. Admission is free and simultaneous translation services will be available.
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Time and date: 7.00pm, Tuesday, 26 January 2016
Venue: The Mansion House, Dawson Street, Dublin 2

ICUF Awards
Each year the Irish Canada University Foundation sends a certain number of Irish language teachers to different universities in Canada for an academic year, with support from the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht. The aim of this scheme is to promote the development of the Irish language in Canada. The deadline for applications for the awards this year is the 5 February 2016.
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Deadline for applications: Friday, 5 February 2016