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Irish Language and Culture Weekend – DSG

June 21, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - June 23, 2019 @ 5:00 pm

Deireadh Seachtaine Gaeilge

We are thrilled to welcome Brian Ó hAirt back to KC to teach our 9th annual Deireadh Seachtaine Gaeilge sa Samhradh, happening June 21, 22 and 23 (Solstice weekend)!

We will be testing a new format. We’ve been asked to organize a Lá na Gaeilge (Irish Day) for the community. Since we fly in our teachers, it seems wasteful to just have them for one day. So we are organizing one-day workshops over the two days. The upshot is that the cost is less as is the time commitment. BUT, we are increasing the cultural activities and you can still attend both days if you wish.

So, here’s a rough preview:

Friday night at Brady’s: Happy Hour as Gaeilge.

Saturday: Complete beginners and returning beginners with Brian doing Conversational Irish and Fun Phrases (full day); Wake up your Irish brain for Improvers with Renata (not a full day)

Saturday evening: Gearrscannáin Gaeilge / Irish short films @ Revolution Records, Crossroads (details tbd)

Sunday: Focus on conversation for Improvers & Intermediates with Brian (full day); Beginners review, practice and grow with Renata (not a full day)
There will also be cultural aspects to the Saturday and Sunday with Brian/Renata – tbd!

Please pass this info along and get back to me if you plan on coming. Questions welcome. Sponsorships welcome. Out-of-towners please note, there is a lovely AirBnB next door to the Irish Center which I have tentatively reserved for our crowd. Let me know if that interests you!

* Absolute beginners have no language skills whatsoever.

**Beginning speakers can respond to simple questions dealing with common, everyday interactions. You rely on lists of words and memorized phrases, and can satisfy a very limited number of immediate needs.

***Intermediate speakers can participate in simple, direct conversations on generally predictable topics related to daily activities and personal interests. You can initiate, sustain, and bring to close a number of basic, uncomplicated exchanges, often in a reactive mode with some mistakes. You can also create with the language by re-combining sentences and familiar structures.



RSVP is a must in order to facilitate the best weekend possible for you. Please, no walk-up registrations. More details available upon registration.

Email [email protected] with questions and to RSVP.


Brian Ó hAirt
Brian Ó hAirt Instructor
Brian Ó hAirt is a native of St. Louis, Missouri. He received his BAs in Linguistics and Anthropology from UW-Milwaukee in 2003. He also holds MAs in Music and Irish Studies from the University of Limerick and the National University of Ireland–Galway. Brian has taught at Irish language events throughout the United States and most recently has developed language learning games through Language Hunters, a non-profit organization in Portland, Oregon. He has a strong passion for building minority/heritage language communities here in the United States.
Renata Rua
Renata RuaInstructor
Renata lived in Ireland for 10 years and studied the language extensively, earning a B.A. in Celtic Studies from University of California, Berkeley, and an M. Phil. in Irish Studies from University College Dublin. She has spent time in the Donegal and Galway Gaeltachts, and organizes Irish Language Immersion Weekends at the Irish Center.


June 21, 2019 @ 7:00 pm
June 23, 2019 @ 5:00 pm
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