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Languages - Irish

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Why study Irish at DCU?

  • More people now use Irish than at any other time in the last 150 years.
  • There have been more publications in Irish in the last hundred years than in all the previous centuries.
  • Irish is our first national language and 1, 650, 928 people or 42% speak it in the Republic of Ireland.
  • Over 150,000 people or 10% in Northern Ireland have some knowledge of the language, where it now has official recognition under the Good Friday Agreement.
  • Irish speakers' rights are guaranteed under the Official Languages Act (2003), and since 2007 Irish has been an official EU language.
  • Irish is a dynamic modern language with a rich heritage. Learning Irish can be fun and enriching and Irish speakers are in demand in areas such as translation, teaching, IT, music, tourism, journalism, television, radio, film and publishing.
  • Irish is studied at universities throughout the world, e.g. the USA, Russia, Poland, UK, Germany, Canada, Australia and China.
  • Irish is a really interesting language - one of the oldest vernaculars in Europe, having existed in one form or another for over two thousand years.

Why study Irish in the School of Applied Language and Intercultural Studies (SALIS)/Fiontar at DCU?

At undergraduate level:

You can combine the study of Irish with one of the other languages we offer (French, German, Chinese, Japanese, Spanish) over four years. The third year you can spend abroad at a foreign university or on a placement using your Irish at home in Ireland. Your DCU Irish classes will be offered by Fiontar, the Irish language unit at DCU, which offers a range of other exciting programmes through Irish as well. You will take your Irish classes with some students from other programmes so you´ll meet lots of other Irish enthusiasts. Read more about reasons to come to study Irish on the BA in ALIS at DCU at this link:

For more information, specifically about Irish, go to the Fiontar website

At postgraduate level:

Graduates wanting to study for a MA in Irish Translation should look at this link.

Contact us
Contact Dr. Eithne O´Connell for information on studying Irish in SALIS:

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