Newletter #43: January 2019

Important dates

Events being run by Gaelchultúr:

A Taste of Irish
Gaelchultúr will be running an event called A Taste of Irish on Saturday, 26 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, 26 January 2019

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 proficiency in the language. This assessment is free of charge, it will take approximately 15 minutes, and there’s no need to book in advance.

Assessment 16.00–7.00pmTuesday29 January 2019
Assessment 26.00–7.00pmWednesday30 January 2019
Assessment 36.00–7.00pmThursday31 January 2019

More information: / (01) 484 5220

Spring Term of Irish Language Evening Classes
Gaelchultúr offers Irish language classes at up to seven levels, three times a year. Gaelchultúr’s spring programme of evening classes will begin the week commencing 4 February 2019. Classes will be held in Dublin, in Cork 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 4 February 2019

Certificate in Professional Irish - Levels 3, 4, 5 and 6
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 (beginner/elementary), level 4 (lower intermediate), level 5 (upper intermediate) and level 6 (advanced) on the National Framework of Qualifications. 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) Option 4: Live online classes and e-learning (a one and a half hour class, once a week, for 20 weeks)
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Start dates for option 1: Tuesday, 26 February 2019 (level 3), Wednesday, 27 February 2019 (level 4), Thursday, 28 February 2019 (level 5) and Thursday, 28 February 2019 (level 6).

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, 2 February 2019

Professional Master of Education (Primary Teaching): Intensive Interview Prep Course This course is aimed at those who will be doing the Irish language interview for the Professional Masters in Education (Primary). The course focuses on the main topics of conversation that arise in the interview and participants are given an opportunity to improve their speaking skills and add to their vocabulary. The course is suitable for those who have studied Irish at school, but have had few opportunities to use it in recent years. Participants will also have access to an online course on Gaelchultúr’s e-learning website,, as soon as they register. Click here to try that course for free.
Option 1: Two-hour classes in Gaelchultúr, once a week, between 6 March and 24 April, as well as e-learning
Option 2: Two day-long classes in Gaelchultúr and three two-hour classes online between 9 March and 27 April, as well as e-learning
Further information...
Dates: 6 March - 24 April 2019 (Option 1), 9 March – 27 April 2019 (Option 2)

Gaelchultúr’s Book Club

Gaelchultúr’s Book Club will take place again this month in the company’s offices at 11 Clare Street, Dublin 2. Members of the club will discuss Danny Seaimpín an Domhain, Muiris Ó Raghallaigh's translation of Danny the Champion of the World by Roald Dahl. The club will continue to meet in the following months, to discuss all of the books chosen by for their spring series. The club meetings are open to all who wish to attend – all you have to do is register here (free of charge) to be added to the club’s mailing list.
Date: 7.00–8.30pm, Thursday, 26 January 2017
Venue: Gaelchultúr, 11 Clare Street, Dublin 2

Other events:

BEWLEY’S@6! with Gael Linn
Gael Linn hosts monthly musical events under the title ‘Bewley's @6!’ in Dublin once per month from Octover to May.The aim of this series is to give Irish speakers an opportunity to come together after a day’s work or shopping, meeting friends (both old and new!) and enjoying the best of music! More information ... Time and date: 6.00–8.00pm, Thursdays, once per month
Venue: Bewley’s Café Theatre, 78-79 Grafton Street, Dublin 2
Admission: €15 (complementary nibbles included)
Bookings: Contact Niamh de Búrca on (087) 254 7574 / You must book in advance as places are limited.

Reic Poetry, rap, songs and stories can all be heard at this bilingual spoken word event.
More information...
Time and date: 7.30pm, Thursday, 2 February 2017
Venue: Generator Hostel, Smithfield

Imbolc 2019 Imbolc is great music festival. It will take place in Derry this year and Declan O’Rourke will be among the celebrated musician there. More information...
Date: 19 January – 10 February 2019
Venue: Cultúrlann Uí Chanáin, 37 Great James Street, Derry, BT48 7DF (and othe venues in the city)
Tickets: Available here

Merriman Winter School
The Merriman Winter School 2019 will be held in the Old Ground Hotel, Ennis, Co. Clare, from 25-27 January. This year’s theme is (Irish Dáils 1919-2019: the First Dáil and a commemoration of the life and legacy of Máiréad Ní Ghráda”. More information available shortly here
Dates: 25-27 January 2019
Venue: Old Ground Hotel, Ennis, Co. Clare

International Pan Celtic Festival 2019
The International Pan Celtic Festival will be held in Carlow from 23–28 April, and there will be a varied programme of events to attend. More information about the festival, including the festival programme, can be found here
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Dates: 23-28 April 2019