Fall semester runs from September 20 through December 11, 2021. 

Irish College of Minnesota / Coláiste na nGaedheal

Departments / Roinn

Gaeilge Heart

Irish Language / An Ghaeilge

William Butler Yeats by Alice Broughton, 1903

History and Literature / Stair agus Litríocht

Artwork by Carrie Finnigan

Creative Arts / Ealaíona Chruthaitheach

College-quality programming for community audiences

Irish College of MN offers year-round classes, colloquia, and seminars in Irish language, history, literature, spirituality, musicology, poetry, mythology, and the Celtic creative arts.

Based on the dozens of Irish Colleges that flourished across Europe from the late sixteenth century, our Irish College of Minnesota (since 2017-) - the educational wing of Celtic Junction - has passed 500 student enrollments in October 2020 and looks forward to having its own new purpose-built classroom in 2021.

Irish College Map
Six students and their teacher after taking the TEG,


On June 12, 2021, a group of Irish language students took the Teastas Eorpach na Gaeilge (TEG) - the only internationally recognized general Irish language proficiency exam for adults - for the first time ever in Minnesota! The Celtic Junction Arts Center is proud to host this opportunity. Some of the students have been preparing and waiting for the A1 exam for three years and more.

Thank you to Lavinia Finnerty for her leadership, instruction, and patience in getting to this goal!

Derived from the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages, the TEG Certificate in Irish originates in Ireland’s Maynooth University and is administered annually in specific cities in Ireland, Europe, Canada, and the U.S.

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Looking for Irish dance classes?

Visit O'Shea Irish Dance (OID)!

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Looking for Irish music lessons?

Visit Center for Irish Music (CIM)!

Partnerships / Comhpháirtíocht

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