Irish College of Minnesota / Coláiste na nGaedheal

 Winter term runs from January 17 through April 7, 2022.

Classes continue to be online but there are also two opportunities to meet in person when following strict Covid safety protocols: The Irish Cottage: Culture, Design, and Controversy and Banished: Irish Women Convicts in Australia.

See also the first of a new, free, Irish biography discussion series: Éamon de Valera: A Will to Power.

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 800 student enrollments in October 2021 and looks forward to having its own new purpose-built classroom in 2022.

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Six students and their teacher after taking the TEG,

Congratulations!

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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