#HI-02-07 An Introduction to Irish Language and Culture

  • Categories History
  • Total Enrolled 7
  • Last Update September 18, 2020

About Course

Dublin City University


Allow the Irish language to draw you closer to the Irish way of life

Endorsed and supported by the Irish government, this course is the perfect opportunity for you to continue developing your understanding of Irish language and culture.

Building upon Irish 104, you’ll recap what you’ve learnt on the 4 previous courses, before tackling new subjects, such as social occasions, the family, pastimes and travel.

By the end of the course, you’ll have progressed further with spoken phrases, and questions – and will be able to speak in more detail about yourself. You’ll also possess a greater understanding of Irish culture, and where Gaeilge fits into Ireland today.

Who will you learn with?

Ollamh le Gaeilge in DCU. Eochair do chultúr agus d’oidhreacht na tíre í an Ghaeilge, dar liom.
Professor of Irish in DCU. I believe that Irish is a key to the culture and heritage of Ireland.


Mairéad Nic Giolla Mhichíl

I am an associate professor of Information Technology here at Dublin City University. Supporting students to speak, engage and experience Irish in its many forms is a central facet of my role.


Caitríona Nic Giolla Mhichíl

I am a teacher of Irish and History and lecture through Irish in Dublin City University. I enjoy helping those who wish to learn how to speak Irish and discover the rich culture woven through it.


Conchúr Mac Lochlainn

I am a designer and doctoral candidate working to better understand the motivations and self-concepts of those learning Irish. I enjoy helping learners explore both these themes and our language.



Who developed the course?

Dublin City University logo

Dublin City University is a young, dynamic and ambitious Irish university with a distinctive mission to transform lives and societies through education, research and innovation.

What Will I Learn?

  • Engage with the Irish language through culture
  • Discuss various aspects regarding the family and your personal status
  • Describe your family in greater detail whilst conversing and answering questions
  • Compare and discuss your interests and pastimes
  • Develop your spoken skills using time in the context of your daily travel plans
  • Explore Irish mythology, poetry, music and song
  • Apply and use grammatical concepts in context

Topics for this course

25 Lessons

Fáilte chuig an gCúrsa/Welcome to the Course?


Ócáidí Sóisialta/Social Occasions?

Let's learn about social occasions and activities.

Ar bhuail tú le …?/Have you met …??

Let's meet the Fáilte ar Líne team, and learn how to get to know people in Irish!

Spotsolas ar an nGaeltacht/Spotlight on the Gaeltacht?

We will learn about Gaeltacht na Gaillimhe/The Galway Gaeltacht.

Fadó, fadó in Éirinn…/Long, long ago in Ireland…?

Séamus will tell us another folklore story, and we will learn more about ancient Ireland.

Súil siar ar an tSeachtain/Review of the Lesson?

We will revise what we have learned.

Student Feedback


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Really well paced and presented for anyone interested in beginning an exploration of Irish Culture.

As one with Irish ancestry, I want to learn all I can about where I come from and hopefully put this knowledge to use in the future!

This course use the crystal clear methods that could help people know more detail about Irish, such as social occasions, the family, pastimes and travel.

This course has helped me understand more about Irsish language to draw me closer to the Irish way of life.


Material Includes

  • Official Certificate

Target Audience

  • This course is suited to learners from all over the world, including the Irish diaspora and non-natives with an enthusiasm for Irish culture. It would also be of value to indigenous learners who wish to recap their language skills, or to learn from scratch.