A new term of Irish language classes for all levels of learners will begin in St Catherine’s College in Armagh on Wednesday 18 January at 7pm. The classes cater for lower and higher beginners, lower and higher intermediate and advanced levels and take place in the Irish medium unit of Coláiste Chaitríona on Convent Road in the city. The classes are extremely popular and focus on spoken Irish to help the learners obtain fluenct in the language. This term will finish on Wednesday 12 April and the cost for the 12 classes will be £30 or £15 concessions.
Cairde Teo are also offering an opportunity for those interested in learning Irish to attend one of a number of intensive language courses on Saturday 21 January in the Athletic Grounds in Armagh. There will be a class for beginners, intermediate and advanced levels. The courses, which are organised in conjunction with the Cultural Committee of Armagh GAA, take place from 10am to 4pm and the cost will be £10. The intensive courses take place seasonally throughout the year and have received the backing of a number of Armagh senior footballers and hurlers. The intensive courses on 21 January will also include a special roadshow organised by Conradh na Gaeilge to highlight the role of the language in the shared heritage in this part of Ireland. The roadshow will feature a pop-up exhibition, as well as a talk by Réamonn Ó Ciaráin on the influence of Irish on the English language and a presentation by Seán Ó Maoilsté on recent Irish language development in Armagh.
With a new year upon us, Cairde Teo encourages everyone in Armagh to take the opportunity to learn the native language of the area. Whether you have no knowledge of the language, have a few words or are on your road to fluency, take part in the classes or in some of the conversation groups which take place in Armagh and Keady. For further information on learning Irish or for information on the growing Irish medium education sector, contact Seán on 028 3751 5229 or firstname.lastname@example.org.