Conradh na Gaeilge is a social and cultural organisation which promotes the Irish language in Ireland and worldwide. The organisation was founded in 1893 with Douglas Hyde as its first president, when it emerged as the successor of several 19th century groups such as the Gaelic Union. The organisation runs several courses throughout the year in locations such as Dublin and Galway.
Brenda Ní Ghairbhí, Conradh na Gaeilge Course Coordinator says: “Because Conradh na Gaeilge evening classes comply with Teastas Eorpach na Gaeilge syllabi, students of our courses can take advantage of the opportunity to obtain an internationally recognised qualification in Irish by applying for the TEG exams run by the National University of Ireland, Maynooth, should they wish to add to their CV and job prospects for example. For students who are looking to improve their Irish for personal reasons – whether they have children in the local Gaelscoil or are simply looking to better understand Irish culture – Conradh na Gaeilge’s small class sizes and interactive lessons cater for all learner levels, and offer students a chance to socialise and practise their Irish in Club Chonradh na Gaeilge during the class break each week.”
Conradh na Gaeilge and its travelling timirí teachers are renowned for teaching Irish to adult learners since the organisation’s foundation in 1893, and they’re still offering excellent value on Irish courses 120 years later. A 10-week course costs approximately €180 for 20 hours of tuition, while a discounted rate is available to OAPs, former pupils, students and the unemployed. The courses are typically scheduled in Spring and Autumn terms and consist of 2-hour classes one night a week in Conradh na Gaeilge, and there are a total of eight class levels to choose from on either Tuesday or Wednesday nights. In addition to its adult evening courses, Conradh na Gaeilge also run an intensive day course to prepare primary education candidates for their Irish interview as part of the application process.
Ní Ghairbhí explains: “This Conradh na Gaeilge day course offers great value to all participants; it includes a mock interview with personal feedback, handouts, pointers on the most common mistakes and an emphasis on relevant topics, useful terms, pronunciation and interview skills. Participants will receive guidance and a chance to practice and improve their spoken Irish by means of group work and role-play, all under the capable direction of a qualified Conradh na Gaeilge teacher.”
You can register for any Conradh na Gaeilge course online at www.cnag.ie or by contacting Máire Ní Dhuiginn at [email protected] / +353 (0)1 4757401 for more information and to book your place. Additional Irish classes are also available through Conradh na Gaeilge in Clare, Galway, Limerick, Mayo, Dublin and across the country.