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About Club Foghlaimeoirí Gaeilge Chois Fharraige

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Irish Language Learners’ Club, An Spidéal

The working language of this website is Irish. But we’ve provided this overview in English for complete beginners and for other visitors who aren’t proficient in that language.

Latest News

20th December 2023

Raic ar an Trá

🎅 We have a Christmas present for you! 🎅

Club Foghlaimeoirí Gaeilge Chois Fharraige is delighted to present our latest play, Raic ar an Trá by Máirín Mhic Lochlainn.

This is a radio play, with a running time of about half an hour.

You can find it in the drama section of this web site.

Bain taithneamh as!

6 August 2023

Summer Programme

Our evening classes and Ciorcal Comhrá and drama group will resume in September. However our Tuesday morning class, Rang na bhFeabhsaitheoirí, will continue during the summer from 11.00 am to 1.00 pm. If you are interested in participating in this class please send an email to SpidealGaeilge@gmail.com

The Club will be organising some social activities (outings and walks) during the summer.  On 22 July a group from the Club visited Inis Meáin; on 9 September we will have a guided walk around Menlo, formerly a Breac-Ghaeltacht on the edge of the city  and on Friday 15  September we will attend the drama Maggie Mhór (Big Maggie) in the Taibhdhearc

https://www.antaibhdhearc.com/events/bigmaggie

2 June 2023

The learners’ club summer programme

Our evening classes and Ciorcal Comhrá and drama group have now concluded but will resume in September. However our Tuesday morning class, Rang na bhFeabhsaitheoirí, will continue during the summer from 11.00 am to 1.00 pm. If you are interested in participating in this class please contact us using our contact form or at the email address at the foot of this page.

The Club will be organising some social activities (outings and walks) during the summer. These arrangements will be posted on this page in the coming weeks.

Cultural and heritage tour

Oifigigh Pleanála Teanga Chonamara will be running this tour on Wednesday 21st June. It will be stopping at Tobar Naomh Anna, Teach Scríbe, An Dóilín ad An Garraí Glas. Minibus leaving Casla at 9.00 a.m. Prior registration essential (083 010 6294 / optchoisfharraige@gmail.com). Fee: Eur10; includes the tour and lunch. The tour will be in Irish.

So where are we, who are we and what do we do?

An Spidéal (Spiddal in English, and pronounced, roughly, as on spid‑ALE) is a village in Cois Fharraige, part of the West-Galway Gaeltacht (Irish-speaking area). The village itself is located about twelve miles west of Galway City.

Cois Fharraige (pronounced, roughly, as cooshARRigi) is the region that stretches along the north coast of Galway Bay from just east of Na Forbacha to Abhainn Chasla in the west.

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Club Foghlaimeoirí Gaeilge Chois Fharraige is an Irish language learners’ club based in An Spidéal. Established in 2015, the Club provides a wide range of formal day- and evening classes.

These are taught by native speakers of Conamara Irish and are targeted at various levels of ability, from complete beginners (including people who haven’t studied Irish at school) to improvers, intermediate improvers and the advanced.

We also offer a range of informal activities (including guided walks, outings, concerts and drama productions) to help support and encourage the naturalistic use of Irish in everyday settings.

New members are always welcome! Feel free to get in touch.

Grúpa daoine amu féin aer, is iad suite tímpeall búird.
Club members at Féile Thraidphicnic

Irish language classes

Classes for 2022–2023 have now started (as of the week beginning 19th September).

Improvers’ class: Every Tuesday from 11.00 a.m. to 1.00 p.m. on Zoom.
Login details will be distributed to members beforehand.

Evening class: Every Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday night from 7.30 p.m. to 9.00 p.m. in the gTEIC building in An Spidéil (Eircód H91 CH01).

Further information in the classes section. (In Irish.)

Rang Gaeilge ar siúl. Daoine fásta tímpeall bord, is neart leabhar ann.
Irish lesson in An Crúiscín Lán

Learning Irish through drama

From the start of Autumn through to late Spring, we offer weekly Irish learning sessions based on the production of short original dramas.

At Christmas and in the Spring we perform these as part of fundraising concerts which we organise in conjunction with local singers, musicians and dancers, and with practitioners of other local traditions.

For examples and some recordings of previous productions, see the drama section. (Text in Irish.)

The cast of An Dianchúrsa takes a bow

Irish language learning resources

We support learners by guiding them toward a range of high-quality teaching and learning resources.

These include dictionaries, terminology databases, cultural archives and more, and can be helpful to students at all levels.

See a list of free on-line resources in the learning resourses section.

Triúr ban, amu fén aer, is iad go meidhreach.
Outing to Suíomh an Mine

Contact the Club

Have an enquiry? See the contact page.