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02 Sep 2020

Irish langauge evening classes in Armagh will be recommencing for all levels of learners at the brand new cultural centre Aonach Mhacha on the week commencing Monday 14 September. Classes will be held on different evenings throughout the week, as well as an additional morning beginners class, with numbers capped due to social distancing measures within the spacious conference and theatre rooms within the culture and community centre, located at the Shambles roundabout.

The classes, which focus on spoken Irish and are organised by local social enterprise Cairde Teo have proven extremely popular with adults and a number of younger people also attending. A specific beginners class for parents and family members of children enrolled in local Irish medium schools will take place on a Monday evening. This class will focus on commands that would be useful in the home and familiarise parents with the terms and phrases used by teachers in the Irish medium setting. Classes for complete beginners will take place on Tuesday evenings from 7pm to 8.30pm or on a Thursday morning 10.30 am to 12 noon and will focus on spoken Irish. A higher beginners level will also take place on a Tuesday evening catering for those who already have a basic knowledge of the language, but would like to develop their grasp on basic grammar and sentence constructions.

Classes continue for the intermediate levels, both lower intermediate and the higher more fluent intermediate level, on Wednesday nights from 7pm to 8.30pm and the advanced level class will take place on Thursday evenings in the centre. All classes are subject to demand, but Cairde Teo are glad to note the early uptake and are hopeful of another successful year of learning. The cost per 12 week term is £40 or £20 for those not in receipt of a wage, with the first term from week commencing 14 September through to week commencing 7 December and the second term in the New Year from week commencing 11 January through to week commencing 19 April.

With the continuing growth of the Irish language education sector in Armagh, many parents whose children receive their education in local naíscoileanna, bunscoileanna and meánscoileanna attend the classes. If you have an interest in learning Irish for the first time or improving on the level of Irish that you have, why not sign up for the classes and join the hundreds of Irish speakers and enthusiasts in Armagh. The classes receive part-support from Armagh, Banbridge and Craigavon Council and Iontaobhas Ultach. If you are interested in attending the classes, you can sign up now on the Cairde Teo website or contact Seán on or 028 3799 8160. Alternatively, you can call in to the CAIRDE Teo office in the new Aonach Mhacha Centre, which also features the newly opened Macha café and shop. All classes must be booked in advance due to the strict Covid-19 protection measures which Cairde Teo and Aonach Mhacha are putting in place and classes will be closed once the maximum number which can be facilitated within the socially distanced classrooms has been reached.