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Early and Modern Irish

B.A. Honors Bachelor Degree (NFQ Level 8) ; 4 years full-time ; 15 places ; CAO points: 344 (2018) ; CAO code: TR022

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Non-EU Applicants

  • Early and Modern Irish 4 years full-timeClosing Date: 30/JUN/2020
  • Get In Touch

    Telephone Number

    +353 1 896 1450

    nibhraoc@tcd.ie

    Website

    www.tcd.ie/Irish

    Course Fees

    Click here for a full list of undergraduate fees

    Early Irish Component

    Early Irish can be studied in the Single Honor Early and Modern Irish programme (TR022).

    Why study Early Irish?

    Early Irish is the language in use in Ireland from the earliest period for which there are records up to the year 1200. The course covers the language and literature from the emergence of writing at the arrival of Christianity in Ireland to the production of the great saga manuscripts of the twelfth century.

    Early Irish: The course for you?

    If you are interested in acquiring a reading knowledge of Medieval Irish, in which the great saga literature of our manuscripts was written, and if you want to understand where today’s Irish language comes from, then this is the course for you.

    Early Irish at Trinity

    The Irish department staff at Trinity are recognised as experts in their respective fields and many former students are now teaching in universities at home and abroad. You will enjoy small class sizes and a friendly atmosphere.

    Pathways

    The pathways available are Single Honors, Major with Minor and Joint Honors.

    Graduate skills and career opportunities

    Some students of Early Irish pursue independent research in the subject with a view to teaching at third-level. Most follow a career in teaching or journalism, especially Irish-language related media. Library archiving, the public service, marketing, business, interpreting and translation all figure in the profiles of past students.

    Your degree and what you’ll study

    The Early Irish course, which is taught through the medium of English, covers the history of the Irish language from its first appearance on the Ogam inscriptions at the dawn of the Christian era in the fifth century, to the highly polished language of the sagas and law texts preserved in the medieval manuscript collections held in the libraries of Trinity, the Royal Irish Academy and the National Library

    First and second years

    In the first two years you will study the basics of Old Irish. At this stage you will read most literature in translation but you will be introduced to the original texts gradually and you will see how the language emerged and developed through the early Christian period.

    Third and fourth years

    In third and fourth year the horizons are expanded; your study of the history of the language will take you back to its Celtic origins and forward to the dawn of Modern Irish. At this stage you will be reading prose and poetry as well as law and history in the original language, and a special course in palaeography will teach you how to read the manuscripts themselves. Third year students may opt to spend a term in Aberystwyth learning Medieval and Modern Welsh.

    Assessment

    At all levels, you will be assessed by a combination of continuous assessment and exams. We use a mix of traditional and innovative continuous assessment methods: essays, project work, presentations, book reviews and dossiers, podcast creation. Language modules are assessed by written examination.

    Course Options

    Related courses:

    TR039: Computer Science and Language

    Course Details

    Award

    B.A. Honors Bachelor Degree (NFQ Level 8)

    CAO Points Required

    344 (2018)

    Number of Places

    15

    CAO code (Central Applications Office code) is

    TR022

    Minimum entry points required are 344 (2018)
    More information on minimum entry points

    Admission Requirements

    For general admission requirements please click here

    Leaving Certificate

    H4

    Irish

    Advanced GCE (A Level):

    Grade C

    Irish

     

    Course Fees

    Click here for a full list of undergraduate fees

    Apply

    To apply to this course, click on the relevant Apply Link below

    EU Applicants

    Read the information about how to apply, then apply directly to CAO.

    Mature Student – Supplementary Application Form

    Read the information about how to apply as a mature student then select the link below to complete the TCD Supplementary Application Form for mature students.

    Non-EU Applicants

  • Early and Modern Irish 4 years full-timeClosing Date: 30/JUN/2020
  • Get In Touch

    Telephone Number

    +353 1 896 1450

    nibhraoc@tcd.ie

    Website

    www.tcd.ie/Irish