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Oifig na Gaeilge

Irish Classes for Trinity staff & students

Hilary Term 2020

Classes will begin on Monday 3rd February 2020 for 8 weeks (excluding Study Week, 3rd - 7th March 2020). Classes are free of charge and are available to students and staff of Trinity College Dublin.

Each class lasts 50 minutes, finishing 10 minutes before the hour.


You can register online at the link sent by email to College students and staff. If you were registered for an Irish class with the Irish Language Office/Gaelchultúr last year, you can log into your account by inserting your email address and password, checking your details and then submitting the form. Please ensure to include your student/staff number and your TCD email address. If you have forgotten your password, please click on "Lost Password?", enter your email address and your password will be sent to you.

General Information

  • Classes are available for both Trinity students and staff are welcome (including retired staff).
  • Emphasis is on a communicative approach and on spoken Irish.
  • There are a range of levels available (see guide below).
  • The classes will be provided by Gaelchultúr.
  • The subject matter of the courses is compatible with the European Certificate in Irish (TEG), an internationally-recognised qualification. Certain financial support is provided to those who wish to earn this qualification. Please contact the Irish Language Office if you are interested in taking a TEG exam.
  • Classes will take place on a weekly basis and each class will last 50 minutes.
  • The classes are free of charge.



Guide to Levels

  • Beginners (A1)            
    For people who have never learned Irish before. You will be able to hold a basic conversation by the end of the course.
  • Basic Refreshers (A2)             
    For people who have learned Irish before, but who only remember a little of the language.
  • Intermediate (B1)  
    For people who have a reasonable level of Irish but who may lack confidence in using it.
  • Upper Intermediate (B2)  
    For those who have a good level of Irish and wish to further enhance their spoken Irish and grammatical accuracy.



The Selection Process:

  • Every effort is made to provide a space for every applicant to the Irish classes, however registering for a class unfortunately does not guarantee a place in that class.
  • When a particular class is oversubscribed, places are awarded by lottery, in the following order:
    1. staff who have Irish language training requirements
    2. other staff members
    3. students who have never taken an Irish class in Trinity
    4. students who have taken a Trinity Irish class in another term / other terms
    5. students who are taking Irish language modules as part of their normal course of study
  • Any class may be cancelled if not enough people register for it.


Important note: If you are a staff member, please seek permission from your line manager before registering for a class that will take place during your working hours.



There are many ways you can practice your Irish outside class within Trinity College:

  • An Chéadaoin @ an Bhutrach is our Irish conversation circle held in the Buttery Restaurant every Wednesday during term from 10.30am - 12.00pm. It is open to staff, students and the general public.
  • There is an informal staff lunch in room 3104 (Arts Building) every Tuesday from 1-2pm. All staff members welcome.
  • An Cumann Gaelach hold a conversation circle in Seomra na Gaeilge every Tuesday during term from 6.30pm. Students will sometimes continue to Club Chonradh na Gaeilge, an Irish-speaking pub on Harcourt Street)
  • Seomra na Gaeilge is open 9.30am - 4.30pm, from Monday to Friday during term, and all Trinity staff and students are welcome to drop in and practice their Irish.

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