Newletter #47: January 2020

Important dates

Events being run by Gaelchultúr:

A Taste of Irish
Gaelchultúr will be running an event called A Taste of Irish on Saturday, 25 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 / (01) 484 5220
Time and date: Between 12.00pm and 1.00pm, Saturday, 25 January 2020

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 16.00–7.00pmTuesday28 January 2020
Assessment 26.00–7.00pmWednesday29 January 2020
Assessment 36.00–7.00pmThursday30 January 2020

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 3 February 2020. Classes will be held in Dublin and 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 3 February 2020

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, 25 February 2020 (level 3), Wednesday, 26 February 2020 (level 4), Thursday, 27 February 2020 (level 5) agus Thursday, 27 February 2020 (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, 1 February 2020
Location: Coláiste na hÉireann/Gaelchultúr, 11 Clare Street, Dublin 2

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.
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Option 1: Two-hour classes in Gaelchultúr, once a week, between 5 March and 23 April, as well as e-learning
Option 2: Two day-long classes in Gaelchultúr and three two-hour classes online between 8 March and 26 April, as well as e-learning.

Dates: 5 March – 23 April 2020 (Option 1), 8 March – 26 April 2020 (Option 2)

Other events:

Poetry, rap, songs and stories can all be heard at this bilingual spoken word event.
Tuilleadh eolais ...

Imbolc 2020
Imbolc 2020 is sure to be a rousing and informative event this year, with the two-day event taking place on the weekend of 14/15 February 2020, in the Cultural Centre, Ballyvourney, Co. Cork. There will be a full day of talks, starting at 10.00am. (registration from 09.30), and you can also buy a ticket for the concert which will kick off the event the evening before. More information ...

Dates: 14 - 15 February 2020

Venue: Cultural Centre, Baile Bhúirne (Ballyvourney), Co. Cork

Tickets: Available here

Merriman Winter School
The Merriman Winter School 2020 will be held in the Galway Bay Hotel, Salthill, Galway, from 31st January to 2nd February. This year’s theme is “Gaillimh Abú! Saoithiúlacht agus Cultúr na nGael.”
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Dates: 31 January–2 February 2020

Venue: Galway Bay Hotel, Salthill, Galway

International Pan Celtic Festival 2020
The International Pan Celtic Festival will be held in Carlow from 14-19 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.

Dates: 14–19 April 2020