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Modern Irish (TSM)

TSM Modern Irish provides students with a training in the critical study of the language, literature and culture of Ireland and Gaelic Scotland from the medieval period to modern times. A wide range of texts and authors is studied. Students are introduced to the basic skills of linguistic and literary analysis as well as to elements of social history, palaeography and folklore. Scottish Gaelic language is an integral part of the course.

Students have many opportunities to choose their own areas of study within the Modern Irish course. Senior Freshman students may take a module in Linguistics or from the Broad Curriculum programme. In both the Junior and Senior Sophister years, four modules are chosen from a list of options. These options change from year to year and a wide variety of topics is on offer.

In their Senior Sophister year students continue their studies in either Modern Irish or their other TSM subject alone. The specific aim of the Senior Sophister year is to allow students to focus on their preferred subject. In particular the dissertation (c. 10,000 words), written under the supervision of a member of the departmental staff, provides an opportunity for the student to investigate any aspect of the subject that they choose, and to develop their scholarly skills.


Junior Freshman Year

  • Modern Literature
  • Modern Irish Language History
  • Classical Irish Prose and Verse
  • Written and Spoken Language

Senior Freshman Year

  • Modern Poetry
  • Oral Literature (Folklore)
  • Scottish Gaelic Language
  • Modern Literature
  • Written and Spoken Language

Junior / Senior Sophister Years

  • Composition
  • Scottish Gaelic Language
  • Palaeography
  • Old Irish Saga

Optional modules may include:

  • Oral Literature (Folklore)
  • History of the Irish Language
  • World Literature - in translation
  • 'Lament for Art Ó Laoghaire'
  • 'The Midnight Court'
  • Ossianic Poetry
  • Classical (Bardic) Poetry
  • Máirtín Ó Cadhain
  • Aogáin Ó Rathaille
  • Autobiography in Irish
  • Early Modern Prose
  • Contemporary Poetry
  • Scottish Gaelic Literature

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