Irish Language Classes / Ranganna Gaeilge

Look for new classes in the Irish language in late summer, early fall 2021. The fall semester runs from September 20 to December 11, 2021.

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.

Past Irish Language Classes

Irish Storytime

Intro to Irish Language Literature. Deepen your knowledge and comprehension of the Irish language by reading plainly written selections from accessible Irish language short stories.

Ros na Run "It's one drama after another."

Irish Soap Opera: Ros na Rύn.The famous Irish language drama or “soap,” Ros na Rύn will provide students a fun opportunity to discuss the daily conundrums of life.

Lily O'Donnell

Speaking the Irish language for young learners. Ages 12-18. Young learners will learn to speak Irish in a structured yet immersive listening and speaking style.

TEG prep

TEG Prep. (Teastas Eorpach na Gaeilge). Learners undertake a structured curriculum to prepare them for the only internationally recognized Irish language proficiency exam for adults.

Lulu agus an Oíche Ghloach - book cover

Irish Language Children's Books. Deepen your knowledge and comprehension of the Irish language by reading plainly written selections from its children’s books.

Blessing and Curses in Irish

Irish Language Blessings and Curses. Enjoy the pointed wit of Irish aphorisms, sayings, and maledictions.

Image by Mystic Art Design from Pixabay.

Irish language literature and poetry. Deepen your appreciation and comprehension of the Irish language by reading selections from its classic and contemporary literature in prose and poetry.

"Daideo" book cover art

Daideo by Áine Ní Ghlinn. Deepen your knowledge and appreciation of the Irish language and its literature by reading the book Daideo by the current Laureate na nÓg, Áine Ní Ghlinn.

Irish Language Foundation Class A

Foundation Irish A. This is a foundational Irish language class aimed at learners who are interested in learning Irish step by step, beginning with the basics. 

O’Shaughnessy Poetry Prize Winner Ailbhe Ní Ghearbhuigh

The poetry of Ailbhe Ní Ghearbhuigh. Winner of the O'Shaughnessy Poetry Award 2020, Ailbhe Ní Ghearbhuigh is a bilingual poet who composes both in Irish and English.