Irish 105: An Introduction to Irish Language and Culture
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date_range Starts on August 24, 2020
event_note Ends on September 26, 2020
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assignment Level : Introductory
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Deepen your understanding of Irish culture and language whilst exploring new conversational subjects, with this online course from Dublin City University.

Allow the Irish language to draw you closer to the Irish way of life
Endorsed and supported by the Irish government, this course is the perfect opportunity for you to continue developing your understanding of Irish language and culture.

Building upon Irish 104, you’ll recap what you’ve learnt on the 4 previous courses, before tackling new subjects, such as social occasions, the family, pastimes and travel.

By the end of the course, you’ll have progressed further with spoken phrases, and questions - and will be able to speak in more detail about yourself. You’ll also possess a greater understanding of Irish culture, and where Gaeilge fits into Ireland today.

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This course is suited to learners from all over the world, including the Irish diaspora and non-natives with an enthusiasm for Irish culture. It would also be of value to indigenous learners who wish to recap their language skills, or to learn from scratch.



  • Continuation of introduction to the Irish language
  • Introducing and describing yourself
  • Holding a conversation at social occasions
  • Talking about your family
  • Discussing pastimes and your interests
  • Travelling and time
  • Course related Irish mythology, poetry, music and song


Ciarán MacMurchaidh
Ollamh le Gaeilge in DCU. Eochair do chultúr agus d'oidhreacht na tíre í an Ghaeilge, dar liom.
Professor of Irish in DCU. I believe that Irish is a key to the culture and heritage of Ireland.

Mairéad Nic Giolla Mhichíl
I am an associate professor of Information Technology here at Dublin City University. Supporting students to speak, engage and experience Irish in its many forms is a central facet of my role.

Caitríona Nic Giolla Mhichíl
I am a teacher of Irish and History and lecture through Irish in Dublin City University. I enjoy helping those who wish to learn how to speak Irish and discover the rich culture woven through it.

Conchúr Mac Lochlainn
I am a designer and doctoral candidate working to better understand the motivations and self-concepts of those learning Irish. I enjoy helping learners explore both these themes and our language.


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Dublin City University

Dublin City University is a young, dynamic and ambitious Irish university with a distinctive mission to transform lives and societies through education, research and innovation. Since admitting students in 1980, DCU has grown substantially, to over 17,000 students and 1,800 staff, across 3 academic campuses. DCU’s student body is cosmopolitan, with 109 countries represented within the student body. The number of DCU alumni worldwide now exceeds 57,000.

DCU currently delivers more than 200 programmes through five faculties: DCU’s Institute of Education, Humanities and Social Sciences, Science and Health, Engineering and Computing and DCU Business School. DCU has a proud 30-year history of delivering distance and online higher education through DCU Connected and it is home to the National Institute of Digital Learning. The University is a member of both the International Council for Open and Distance Education and European Association of Distance Teaching Universities.

DCU has a strong social mission and has obtained University of Sanctuary status. The University provides a range of initiatives and commits to welcoming asylum seekers and refugees into the university community. DCU is one of only two European universities to be designated as a Changemaker Campus by Ashoka U, an initiative that encourages students to learn about social innovation and how to create and implement sustainable, positive change in society.

Research is a high priority at DCU, with the focus on global grand challenges, such as healthcare needs, sustainable development, multicultural societies, and conflict resolution. DCU’s enterprise focus is reflected in its strong industry-academic collaborations and successful execution of licences arising from its intellectual property portfolio. DCU’s excellence is recognised internationally and it is ranked in Times Higher Education’s ‘Top 100 under 50’. DCU is also the only Irish university to be represented in the prestigious European university network, The European Consortium of Innovative Universities.




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