Deireadh Seachtaine Gaeilge / Irish Language Weekend

DSG 2023
DSG (Deireadh Seachtaine Gaeilge) Irish Language Weekend
A small group of multi-generational people sit in a circle around a fireplace, talking.

Fáilte romhaibh/ Welcome

Beatha teanga í a labhairt. The life of a language is in its speaking.

Ba mhaith liom fáilte a chur romhaibh ar fad anseo in ionad cultúrtha, Celtic Junction. I’d like to welcome you all here to the cultural center, Celtic Junction.

Beidh am maith againn ag labhairt le chéile i Deireadh Seachtaine Gaeilge 2024 seo. We’ll all enjoy speaking together in this Irish Language Weekend.

Go raibh mĂ­le maith agaibh! Thank you very much!

Pádraig Ó Dónaill/Patrick O’Donnell.

StiĂşrthĂłir Oideachais/Education Director.

Beidh Deireadh Seachtaine Gaeilge ar siúl i St. Paul, MN ar an 12ú, 13ú, & 14ú lá d’Aibreán 2024. Beidh ranganna ann do chuile dhuine ó thosaitheoirí go cainteoirí líofa.

An Irish Language Weekend will be held in St. Paul, MN on the 12th, 13th, & 14th of April 2024. There will be classes for everyone from absolute beginners to experienced learners. 

Déan teagmháil le / Contact -

NOTE: If you sign up for the DSG on April 11th or April 12th, you will need to provide your own lunch.

Celtic Junction launches semester of unique Irish themed online classes. Getty.

Online DSG Level

Prefer to learn from home?  Join Dean Farrell online via Zoom for his class at the DSG!

  • Improving Intermediate: Dean Farrell. [Intermediate A].
    Remote Class Registration.

We are bigger and more comprehensive this year with speakers and teachers from Ireland, Northern Ireland, and Canada.

We have five levels of teaching this year. Students may self-select their level and will have the option to move to another level if they wish for any reason.

If a student wishes for advice on their level, please let Patrick O'Donnell know:

1. Absolute Beginners: Dr. Patrick O'Donnell. [Beginners A].
2. Improving Beginners: Maureen Engelhardt. [Beginners B].
3. Improving Intermediate: Dean Farrell. [Intermediate A]. Remote learning is available as a live stream of Dean's interactive workshop-style classroom at the DSG.
4. Experienced Intermediate: Gemma Lambe. [Intermediate B].

5. Advanced: Réamonn  Ó Ciaráin. [Advanced A].

2024 Schedule
Google Map

  • Holiday Inn St. Paul Downtown, 175 West 7th Street Phone: 1-651-225-1515 or 1-888-465-4329
  • Days Hotel by Wyndham, 2407 University Ave SE. Phone: (800) 225-3297
  • Best Western Como Park, 1010 Bandana Boulevard W. Phone: (651) 647-1637

This year's highlights include: Gael Linn at 70"/"Gael Linn ag 70, a documentary by AniarTV for TG4. Fáinní (ring lapel pins signifying one familiar with the Irish language appropriate to beginner or more experienced levels) will be presented to anybody attending this weekend. Gael Linn teachers, Dean Farrell and Gemma Lambe, will be flying in from Montreal to teach for the weekend. And Réamonn Ó Ciaráin will give a lecture (in English) on “Cúchulainn as an imperishable reservoir of inspiration.”

Réamonn Ó Ciaráin

Réamonn Ó Ciaráin was appointed to the role of CEO of Gael Linn on 2 June 2022. He began working with Gael Linn in 1993, was promoted to manager in 2003, and to Director of Education in 2020. Réamonn has authored three books on Cúchulainn which were published by Gael Linn, as well articles in a variety of publications. He has toured the Midwest of the USA speaking about Cúchulainn, Ireland’s greatest mythological hero.

Réamonn was born in Crossmaglen, and now lives in Milford, Co. Armagh. He took his primary degree in education with Celtic studies at St Mary’s University College, Belfast. Following this, he successfully completed a master’s degree in Irish Studies at Queen’s University Belfast and later a master’s degree in Cultural Management at the University of Ulster. He is the founding chairperson of Aonach Mhacha, the Irish language social enterprise behind the building of a state of the art Irish language cultural centre in Armagh City which opened in March 2020.

RĂ©amonn is married to Dolores and they have two children, Alana and Caoilte.