Let’s Collect All Irish Language Immersion Weekends

Irish Language Immersion Weekends

Depending on where in the world you live, you might very well be lucky enough to have an annual Irish language immersion weekend around you.

They often call themselves a “Deireadh Seachtaine”, which means “weekend” in the Irish language.

In fact, they’re popping up in different places, especially in the United States.

This is how YOU can help

At Bitesize Irish Gaelic, we’d love to help you by making you aware of immersion weekends that might be near you. It’d be lovely to spread the word of these weekends, and get new people attending who would not have otherwise.

This is how you can help:

Please leave your reply below with the location and URL (if you have it) of any and all Irish language immersion weekends you’re aware of.

Here’s the start of our list of Immersion Weekends

The following is a list I’m aware of off the top of my head of Irish language immersion weekends in the US:

Now’s your turn. We’d love to hear about all immersion weekends across the world. Be part of it, leave your reply below with the location and URL (if you have it) for the immersion weekend.

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32 thoughts on “Let’s Collect All Irish Language Immersion Weekends”

  1. It’s good to know there area such weekends, but both in my area are long over, with no commitment to next year. Since you probably already have too much to do, can I ask if you would list each of those weekends a time before they come up? Or just list those offered by others. it would help.

  2. We just had ours two weeks ago, so there’s nothing on their website to share currently, but the Kansas City Irish Center has at least two a year. There’s always at least one or two people in from out of town, so anyone nearby would always be welcome! You learn SO much, they’re just great.

  3. Here’s the information about Scoil Gheimhridh Sydney 2015 (Sydney, NSW, Australia) – http://www.gaeilgesanastrail.com/docs/sg2015.pdf – and Scoil Teanga Canberra 2016 (Canberra, ACT, Australia) – http://www.gaeilgesanastrail.com/docs/stc2016.pdf – from what I can gather, these are annual events, but Cumann Gaeilge na hAstraile is usually pretty good about posting the information on their site (http://www.gaeilgesanastrail.com/home-ir.php).

    I know it’s the wrong dialect, but here’s the link for the Sgoil-Earraich Naiseanta 2014 (Melbourne, Vic, Australia) as well – http://www.ozgaelic.org/sgoil/Reports/sgoil2014Report.html – that’s an annual event also.

  4. Scoil Gheimhridh Sydney 2015 – Sydney, NSW, Australia, 5-8 June – http://www.gaeilgesanastrail.com/docs/sg2015.pdf
    Scoil Teanga Canberra 2016 – Canberra, ACT, Australia, 23-26 January – http://www.gaeilgesanastrail.com/docs/stc2016.pdf
    for more information look at Cumann Gaeilge na hAstraile’s website at http://www.gaeilgesanastrail.com
    Also, Sgoil-Earraich Naiseanta 2014 – Melbourne, Vic, Australia, 28-30 November – http://www.ozgaelic.org/sgoil/Reports/sgoil2014Report.html – an annual event, more information from Comunn Gaidhlig Astrailia at http://www.ozgaelic.org (this is Scottish Gaelic, not Irish – soz!)

  5. Wayne Shannon/ Saor Cairte ÓSenan

    We are holding our inaugural Irish Language Workshop this year, June 27-28 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. I know this is too late for this year’s class but keep us in mind for next year. We are patterning this after the weekends in Minnesota, Madison Wisconsin, and Bloomington Indiana. You can find us on Facebook at “Iowa Irish”.

  6. Daltaí na Gaeilge, http://www.daltaí.com, hosts 2 weekends per year (Feb & May) in Esopus, NY (Hudson Vally), and one per year in Elmer, NJ (Oct or Nov), as well as a week-long one in Esopus in August.

    The Irish Cultural Center of Kansas City, located inside Union Station, hosts several weekends each year, including a big one in March. 30 W Pershing Rd, Kansas City, MO 64108
    Phone: (816) 474-3848

    Both typically bring in Fulbright Scholars and other fluent speakers to teach.

    1. Hi Alex,

      Thank you for your question.

      Unfortunately, I can’t find any information on an immersion course in Australia.

      Here’s an organisation which may be able to answer your question: http://www.gaeilgesanastrail.com/newclasses.php

      Here’s the Geelong Irish Society’s website: http://www.geelongirish.com.au/index.php

      I hope one of those organisations hold immersion weekends or the like, and if they don’t, perhaps they could start one.

      Le dea-ghuí, (Kind regards)
      Siobhán

    2. Hi Alex, Cumann Gaeilge na hAstráile is based in Melbourne, and held a week-long Daonscoil every January until 2015. The Cumann doesn’t currently offer an immersion course, but this might change in the future. Victorians interested in a summertime immersion experience in 2017 will attend Scoil Teanga Canberra which is taking place on January 26-29.

      Beir bua!

  7. Daltai na Gaeilge, http://www.daltai.com, based on Elberon, NY USA, has 4 immersions a year. One i Feabhra (15-17 in 2019) in Esopus, NY, one in May (17-19 in 2019, also in Esopus), a week i Lunasa (25th – 31st in 2019), and one i Samhain (8th-10th in 2019) in York, PA. Usually, the Esopus weekends have 1 or 2 Irish Fulbright Scholars there to teach, there are 4 to 6 levels, from beginner to liofa.

    Also, the Kansas City Irish Cultural Center has one in March (28th-31st in 2019. Last year, Seaghan Mac an tSionnach, and Ciari Ni E of UTube series WTF – What the Focail, were both there le cheile, and the year before, Eamonn O’Donnaill, udar Gramadach Gan Stro, was there.

    Please update your list at the top of the this page. It’s out of date and doesn’t include Daltai or KCIC.
    Also, a shout-out to Siobhan. Love the UTube videos. Keep’em coming.
    (ta bron orm, nil closcriobh me fadas i an bosca comment seo)

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