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A history of the Irish language

This lecture-only course will present a linguistic history of the Irish language from its roots in Continental Celtic down to the present day. The changing form of the written language will be viewed on ancient inscriptions, such as Ogam, as well as in medieval manuscripts and early printed books. Both personal names from all periods and surnames from the 10th century on will be used, along with relevant texts, to illustrate the development of the spoken language.


Damian McManus

How to apply

The closing date for online and postal applications is Friday11th September 2015.You can download an application form from here and send it with a cheque/money order made payable to Trinity College Dublin number 1 account to: Damian McManus, Department of Irish and Celtic Languages, Room 4056, Arts Building, Trinity College Dublin, Dublin 2. Applications may be made in person by arrangement with Damian McManus by contacting him at 01-8961105 or at the e-mail address:


The fee for the series is €85. The concession fee is €45. A concession rate is available to OAPs, second and third level students and people whose primary source of income is social welfare, health board or a government-sponsored employment scheme.

Time, Place and Duration

This is an evening course. There will be one lecture per week over a twelve-week term, starting the week commencing 28th September, with a one-week break in the term (9th-13th November). The classes take place on Monday evenings from 6pm to 7pm. They will be held in Room 5033 in the Arts Building. Contact Caoimhe ní Bhraonáin at with any further queries.