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We cater for everyone from the absolute beginner to the advanced learner. Our teachers are fully qualified and have vast experience in teaching Irish to both adults and young people. In addition, we provide four intensive all day courses throughout the year.

From September to April each year, we provide weekly classes each Wednesday from 19:00 to 20:30 in the Irish Medium Unit at St Catherine’s College, Convent Road, Armagh.

The intensive courses are delivered in conjunction with our partners in Armagh GAA, Club na bPiarsach Óg and Líofa. The intensive courses (Díanchúrsaí) are divided into beginners, intermediate and advanced. We announce the dates of the intensive courses on social media and in local media outlets. Similarly, we encourage all our learners to participate in the regular social events that we organise throughout the year. Subscribe to our mailing list for more details of these events. Irish is a living language and fluency can only be enhanced by regular usage outside the classroom.

 

Bun Rang Íochtar /
Lower Beginners Class

If you have never had previous contact or have only had very minimal contact with the Irish language, then this is the class for you. Each September, the Bunrang Íochtar starts afresh with a new cohort of learners and we assume that you have had no previous knowledge of Irish.

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Bun Rang Uachtar /
Upper Beginners Class

This class caters for students who have either spent the previous year in the Lower Bun Rang, or who remember some very basic Irish from school or from other previous contact with the language.

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Meán Rang Íochtar /
Lower Improvers Class

For people who have developed some basic proficiency in the language and who are ready to move on and learn some slightly more complex grammatical structures and enhanced conversational skills.

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Meán Rang Uachtar /
Upper Improvers Class

For learners who have developed significant confidence in their conversational and reading ability through Irish. This class would also be suitable for people who were previously proficient in the language but who have lost some vocabulary and/or confidence in their ability to converse in Irish.

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Ard Rang

This class is delivered almost entirely through the medium of Irish and, therefore, learners will be well advanced in terms of their ability to both read and write in the Irish language.

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Why Learn Irish

Our native language shapes the ways in which we see the world, demarcating the boundary between what we can name, and what is beyond our experience. Simply learning the meaning of the names of people and places that surround us in our daily lives is a liberating experience in itself! More and more people from all backgrounds and walks of life are choosing to learn Irish. Irish language conversation circles ‘Ciorcail Comhrá’ are springing up in villages and towns all over Ireland. Irish medium schools are the fastest growing sector of our education system, with new schools opening all the time. Irish language TV, radio and online media are witnessing growing audiences. Learners and speakers now have a growing choice of media e.g. TG4, Raidió na Gaeltachta, Meon Eile, NÓS.ie, Raidió Fáilte, Raidió na Life, Peig.ie, Tuairisc.ie, An tUltach, BBCTÉ, Raidió Uladh and a host of online resources.

Weekly Classes

  • Irish Medium Unit, St Catherine’s College,

    2 Convent Road, Armagh, BT60 4BJ

  • 19:00 to 20:30 Wednesday

    September to April (school holidays excepted))

  • 028 (048) 37515229

    or sean@cairdeteo.com

  • £30 waged / £15 unwaged

    Cost per term

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Benefits of being bilingual

Research has shown that the brains of children who grew up speaking two different languages develop better cognitive functions. Scientists who examined the phenomenon gave it a specific name – the bilingual advantage. Here's a selection of some of the most important benefits brought by bilingualism.scheme) by Foras na Gaeilge.

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Improved cognitive skills

The brain of a bilingual speaker quickly gets used to managing two languages at the same time. This helps to develop skills for functions ranging from inhibition (a cognitive mechanism responsible for discarding irrelevant stimuli), working memory and switching attention.

All these cognitive skills have an impact on the brain's executive control system, which generally takes care of activities like high-level thought, multitasking, and sustained attention. Since bilingual people constantly switch between their two languages, they're likely to be also better at switching between different tasks. This happens even if the tasks in question aren't of linguistic nature.Astráil.

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Delay of cognitive damage

There's nothing better for maintaining high cognitive function that participating in stimulating physical or mental activity – it can also delay the onset of symptoms in people suffering from dementia and other cognitive degenerative diseases.

The onset of dementia symptoms are in bilinguals delayed significantly – by a smashing 5 years! The brains of bilinguals who suffer from Alzheimer’s disease have an improved cognitive function as compared to monolingual Alzheimer's patients – it's as if their brain underwent less brain degeneration.

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Learning foreign languages

Once you learn more than one language, it's fairly common to pick up another one with ease.

Scientists claim that bilinguals have a better chance to easily learn other languages in future.