A new term of Irish language classes for all levels of learners will begin in St Catherine’s College in Armagh on Wednesday 17 January at 7pm. The classes cater for beginners, lower and higher intermediate and advanced levels, as well as a special class tailored towards parents of children at Irish medium schools. The classes take place in the Irish medium unit of Coláiste Chaitríona on Nursery Road/Callan Bridge Road in the city. The classes are extremely popular and focus on spoken Irish to help the learners obtain fluency in the language. This term will finish on Wednesday 18 April and the cost for the 12 classes will be £30 or £15 concessions.
Cairde Teo are also offering an opportunity for those interested in learning Irish to attend one of a number of intensive language courses on Saturday 20 January in the Athletic Grounds in Armagh. There will be a class for beginners, intermediate and advanced levels. The courses, which are organised in conjunction with the Cultural Committee of Armagh GAA are free of charge and take place from 10am to 3pm and lunch will be provided with a suggested donation of £5 to help cover costs. The intensive courses take place seasonally throughout the year and have received the backing of a number of Armagh senior footballers and hurlers. The intensive courses on 20 January will also include a special roadshow organised by Conradh na Gaeilge to highlight the role of the language in the shared heritage in this part of Ireland. The roadshow will feature a pop-up exhibition, as well as a talk by Réamonn Ó Ciaráin on Cú Chulainn as Ulster’s greatest hero and the ancient Celtic mythology associated with Armagh.
The year 2018 has been designated as Irish language year in which the government are encouraging people to start learning the language or to use whatever Irish they have. Whether you have no knowledge of the language, have a few words or are on your road to fluency, take part in the classes or in some of the conversation groups which take place in Armagh and Keady. For further information on learning Irish, contact Seán on 028 3751 5229 or firstname.lastname@example.org.