Irish Language Classes
The IACC is proud to provide Irish language lessons at the club. We provide instruction in the Irish language (called Gaeilge) from beginner to advanced. Come and explore one of the most fascinating languages in the world, one with a rich tradition of culture and one that is a vital link in understanding the depth and breadth of the Irish culture and tradition.
Time and Place History
Irish language has been taught at the Club for many years. The present group got its start around 1985 when the late Bill Delaney, a retired New Haven teacher, formed a group to study the language. They met on Wednesday evenings, and, in the absence of a regular teacher, shared notes and helped each other in learning the language. Since then, the group has grown by leaps and bounds. Now it has around 25 regular members, divided into three classes. Pat Whelan teaches the beginner’s class, Johannah Mackey teaches the intermediate class, and David Manning teaches the advanced class.
We meet every Wednesday at 7:30 at the Club, from September to June.
Classes are free but registration is required.
How to register
Call Pat Whelan at 860-573-3884 or David Manning at 203-888-4041 and leave a message with your name and phone number.
We regularly have students compete in the Irish Language competition at the annual Connecticut Irish Festival in June. Also, several students have attended regional language immersion weekends, which are great fun as well as being instructional.
Irish Language Resources
There are many Irish language resources on the internet.
Some examples are:
www.daltai.com – An organization of Irish language enthusiasts.
www.rnag.ie – Radio na Gaeltachta – Irish radio station.
Download and listen to various programs in Real Audio.