A new term of Irish language classes for all levels of learner will begin in St Catherine’s College in Armagh City on Wednesday 18 September at 7.00pm. Beginners and improvers, lower and higher intermediate levels and advanced learners are all catered for at five separate levels of instruction.
The lessons are organised by CAIRDE Teo and take place in the Irish Medium Unit of Coláiste Chaitríona on Nursery Road/Callanbridge Road. At a subsidised cost of just £30 for a 12 week term (concessionary rate of £15), the classes are extremely popular with people of all ages and community backgrounds. Many parents of pupils at local Irish Medium schools also attend the classes in order to better support their own children’s educational needs.
CAIRDE Teo employs professionally qualified teachers and the focus is on conversational Irish that will help the learners obtain spoken fluency in the native language. A second term of learning will follow in the New Year.
Thursday 19 September 2019 also sees the return of the Irish Medium youth club for children attending Rang 4 to Rang 7 in local Gaelscoileanna. The club is based at the Sherry’s Field complex at Cathedral Road, with a post-primary club starting back on Friday 27 September 2019.
Interest in the Irish language in Armagh is at an all-time high, with a young, confident and active Irish speaking community in the city. More and more social and employment opportunities are opening up to Irish speakers both in Ireland and in Europe. Demand for places at Irish medium pre-schools and primary schools continues to grow in Armagh, Keady and Portadown and numbers attending the Irish medium unit at St Catherine’s College also continue to increase.
2020 will be a very significant year for the vibrant, local Irish language scene as Armagh Gaels anticipate the imminent opening of the new language and cultural centre in the Shambles. Cultúrlann Aonach Mhacha is expected to be completed by the end of year and will host the City’s leading language and cultural agencies in a multi-use, community space.
Whether you have no previous knowledge of the language, have a few words or are on the road to fluency, you are welcome to take part in the classes or in some of the conversation groups which take place regularly in Armagh City. Cairde Teo also organise a monthly bilingual hillwalking group on the first Saturday of every month and offers Irish speakers and learners an opportunity to practice their language skills in the great outdoors.
For further information on learning Irish, registering for classes or clubs, contact Seán in the CAIRDE Teo office on 028 3751 5229 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Or call into Siopa Cultúr on Thomas Street, Armagh City!