Féile na Gaeilge

Irish language festival

Lean Féile na Gaeilge 2017 ó 8ú – 14ú Aibreán in Washington DC! Bhí réimse de ranganna agus ceardlanna difriúla ar fáil do gach leibhéal in ionaid éagsúla timpeall na cathrach.

Féile na Gaeilge is a week-long celebration of the Irish language that runs annually in Washington DC. The 2017 festival took place Apr 8 – 14th. We hosted a range of classes and workshops for the community of language learners here in the capital. All levels of language ability are welcomed during the festival, and events take place at a variety of venues in the city.

All events are free to attend during the Féile na Gaeilge. Scroll down to see our schedule from 2017! For future events and festival updates, please join our mailing list and follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

Clár-ama na Féile:


Sat 8th: An Club Bricfeasta.

Comhrá session for advanced students with Múinteoir Justin Foley.

Sun 9th: 1-Day Introductory Intensive 
Áit: Chevy Chase Pavilion, Friendship Heights, 11 – 4pm. Register here.
This popular class is a great introductory day for new students! Múinteoir Ronan will be guiding the class through a range of basic topics and conversation. Space limited.

Sun 9th: Amhráin as Gaeilge
Áit: Chevy Chase Pavilion, Friendship Heights, 5:30 – 7:30pm. Free entry.
Following on from our very successful Christmas event, Liam Ó Casaide is back with another much-anticipated workshop in Irish song. We will be covering a range of old classics and newer songs, followed by refreshments and a chance to chat with fellow language learners and teachers. Early registration highly advised.

Mon 10th: Oíche Bhriathra!
Áit: 1 Dupont, DC. 7 – 8:30pm. Free entry.
Curious about verbs? Love your grammar fix? Múinteoir Quinton Beck will give a grammar masterclass on the ups and downs of Irish verbs. Class takes place at our new location, One Dupont. This class is a fantastic opportunity for all your language questions and as preparation for our upcoming 8-week grammar course at this location.

Tues 11th: A Night of Craic agus Cré na Cille!
Áit: Chevy Chase Pavilion, Friendship Heights, DC. 7 – 9pm. Free entry.
William Brennan, Associate Editor at The Atlantic, will give an entertaining talk on Máirtín Ó Cadhain’s landmark novel, ‘Cré na Cille’. This presentation will be based on William’s 2016 article in The New Yorker, ‘The Irish Novel That’s So Good People Were Scared To Translate It’. Followed by the documentary, ‘Rí an Fhocail’, about the author’s life and work – not to be missed!

Wed 12th: Oíche Scannáin!
Áit: Chevy Chase Pavilion, Friendship Heights, DC. 7 – 9pm. Free entry.
An Irish language movie suitable for all age groups (with English subtitles) will be screened. Refreshments served.

Thur 13th: Refresher Class
Áit: Chevy Chase Pavilion, Friendship Heights, DC. 7 – 8:30pm. Free entry.
Feeling a bit rusty? Learned the basics but not much more? Join us for a quick refresher on some language basics as we go over some simple topics and try to get your Irish all shiny and brand ‘nua’ again. All students welcome – great chance for some much-needed revision and practice before tomorrow’s…

Fri 14th: PopUp Gaeltacht!
Áit: Hoban’s, Dupont Circle, DC. 6:30 – 8:30pm. Free entry.
We finish off our festival week with a social event in the centre of the city! The aim of the Pop Up Gaeltacht is to give Irish speakers and friends of the language an opportunity to share a few drinks and speak the language. Fáilte roimh chách!