New Irish Classes Begin This Week!

New Classes Begin This Week!

DSC002Many thanks to everyone who attended our very successful 1-Day Introductory Irish class and recent Éirí Amach na Cásca events in Friendship Heights! As you likely know, 100 years ago Irish was taught in less than 300 of Ireland’s 9,000 primary schools, with these schools mostly located in Gaeltacht areas. It really wasn’t until a long campaign by Conradh na Gaeilge and Ireland becoming a Free State in 1922 that Irish became a compulsory subject. How great it is that we can now celebrate these changes, exactly 100 years later…

Here in Washington DC, from 16 May to 5 June 2016, the Kennedy Center, in partnership with the Embassy of Ireland, will host a three-week festival of Irish arts and culture entitled ‘Ireland 100: Celebrating a Century of Irish Arts and Culture’.

As for Irish classes, a new Intermediate course begins this Thursday Apr 28 at 7pm: upcoming topics include the story of Labhraí Loinsigh (the king who had horse’s ears), useful conversation phrases, making pancakes, history of the Irish language, text messaging in Irish, important grammar rules, the Book of Kells and more! Students who have taken an introductory or intermediate Irish class in the past are welcome to attend.

For advanced students, new Ard Rang classes will start May 4th until June 8th. Details on classes can be found here. Tá na ranganna seo fóirsteanach do dhuine ar bith le leibhéal measartha ard acu sa Ghaeilge!

And oh…keep an eye out for news on our upcoming grammar classes in June, when we will be covering some specialised topics for all you grammar geeks out there!!

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