Irish: Beginners 1

Group Online Tuition (8 MAX)
10 weeks 
(Wednesdays at 6:00 pm)
Start Date: 5th October 2022

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This is a 10-session online course in the Irish language. Irish is a Celtic language mainly spoken in Ireland, but it shares linguistic links with other Celtic languages and has close links to Scotland and the Isle of Man. 


Due to a variety of wide-ranging factors, in particular colonialism, economic isolation and state neglect, Irish suffered a rapid decline in the 19th and 20th century and English became the most commonly used language in Ireland. 


Modern times have seen a revival led by various people and groups across and beyond the island. Irish is still the everyday language in the Gaeltacht areas in Ireland, and many people are learning the language across the worldwide Irish diaspora. However, these communities still face major threats to their survival in a world dominated by English.


This 10-week course is aimed at anyone with an interest in Irish and other minority and indigenous languages. The course will aim:


  • To provide an introduction to Irish vocabulary, basic phrases and history.

  • To enable learners to confidently hold a conversation about themselves, where they are from, where they live, their homes and families.

  • To enable learners to write a short passage about themselves in a text message or email.

  • To enable learners to read simple passages and to guess the meanings of new words from clues in the context.

  • To provide an introduction to the cultural context of Ireland and the Irish language, as well as the causes of the decline of Irish over the past two centuries, and the major challenges the language faces today.

  • To help learners feel part of the broader effort to defend and strengthen a threatened minority language.


The course will be taught by Tomás Ó Loingsigh, an Irish language teacher from Dublin and a product of the Gaelscoil education system, with family ties to the Gaeltacht in Conamara and on Inis Oírr in the Aran Islands. Tomás is active in the Irish-speaking community and in the struggle to preserve and defend the language, and the communities that speak it, from slow decline in the face of the dominance of English


No prior knowledge of Irish is needed to participate and benefit from our course.


Students have a choice of whether to take lessons on a Wednesday or Thursday evening. The first sessions will begin on Wednesday 12 January and Thursday 13 January 2022 and will run over 10 sessions at the same day and time every week. Each class lasts from 7:30pm to 8:30pm GMT. There will be approximately 30 minutes of optional homework each week, completion of which will help you to advance in the language.


All the courses at The Learning Cooperative are based on a pay what you can afford model. We break down our prices into 5 bands based on how much you earn each year. The idea is simple: the more money you have the more you pay, enabling everyone to access brilliant tuition at an affordable price.


Beirigí bua! and seize your chance to learn some Irish with The Learning Co-operative, as together we play our role in spreading the language throughout the world!