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:
- San Francisco, California
- Los Angeles, California
- Bloomington, Indiana
- Dallas-Forth Worth, Texas
- Madison, Wisconsin
- Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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.
36 thoughts on “Let’s Collect All Irish Language Immersion Weekends”
Thanks for sharing this useful information.
Fáilte go hÉirinn!
The Gaelic League of Los Angeles dedicated to preserving and promoting Gaelic languages and cultures. We are a branch of Conradh na Gaeilge. We teach Irish language classes and love to share our knowledge and love of Irish culture far and wide.
To that end, we host an Irish Immersion Weekend every year — and this year it will be fully online.
Here is some of the fun we’ve got planned:
IRISH LANGUAGE CLASSES
We have classes for everyone — from complete beginners to advanced.
Get ready for Bódhran and Harp lessons as well as Irish singing.
It simply wouldn’t be an Irish Immersion Weekend without a Ceili.
Come and bake Irish Soda Bread with us and join us in Irish arts- and crafts making.
Here is your chance to learn the basics of Iománaíocht (Hurling) and Gaelic Football.
Please visit http://www.IrishWeekendLA.com for a detailed description of classes & times.
Go raibh maith agat! It’s great to hear that such an organisation exists and we appreciate it that you’ve shared it here.
Irish Immersion Weekend Online le CaG LA 2022. New address http://www.gaelicleaguela.com New Link in the description under the video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tkTdwzSEEsA
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.
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Wonderful, thanks Jonathan. And thanks for the shout-out to Siobhán, she’ll appreciate it 🙂
Thank you for your comment.
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Harp of Tara – Kingston Ontario
Thank you for posting this information.
I am sure that many will be eager to attend this event.
does anyone know of any in Victoria, Australia?
Thank you for your comment.
Let me find this out for you and we will post the answer here.
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)
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.
Thank you for sharing this with us.
Happy New Year!
Go raibh maith agat Robert!
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.
Thank you for sharing 🙂
We really appreciate it.
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”.
Thank you for posting this info. It is nice to read that so many people are trying to keep the tradition and the language alive 🙂
Gaeilge i mButte, USA!
http://www.friendsofirishstudies.com: week-long immersion course in July
http://www.mtgaelic.org: weekend course in the spring
There’s still time to sign up for this summer’s course.
College credit (University of Montana)is available for the beginners’ level.
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!)
Irish Language Immersion Weekend
Chicago Gaelic Park
Check out our facebook page for more details!
Iontach, fair play a Áine!
Here’s a link to a Tweet about your event too:
Chicago Immersion Weekend and FB page:
Hey, here’s a Canadian program and other links as well! Just found out about it and plan to go soon. It’s just north of Kingston, Ontario. You can read their webpage in Gaeilge or English! http://www.gaeilge.ca/cl%C3%A1racha-imeachta%C3%AD-b%C3%A9arla.php
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.
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.
The North American Gaeltacht. Tamworth, Ontario
Thank you for commenting and for sharing the info you have regarding the immersion weekends.
Seattle, WA and Portland Oregon: language and Irish dance/cultural weekends about 3 times a year.
Also check Daltai Gaeilge: http://www.daltai.com which lists many immersion events all over the USA.
Thank you for sharing. I believe that many will find this info very useful.
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.
Thanks for the input, Sean. We’ll take it onboard. You’re right, it would help to publish this information as it’s updated each year.
What a great idea! It’s difficult to find these. I have attended the one in San Francisco twice, and really enjoyed it!
I’ve only heard good things about that Deireadh Seachtaine. Well done for attending.