Monday, 8 September 2008

New Irish Language Classes in Fermanagh

New Gaelic classes are set for the Tempo Historical Society, in Cloghogue, County Fermanagh.

Tempo Historical Society has organised Irish Language classes since 1991, following a history talk on Presbyterians and the Irish Language given by the late, great Professor John Barkley. The premises have greatly altered in the intervening years and from an atmospheric farmhouse with gaslight, turf fires and water from the well the class has moved to centrally-heated Dooneen Community Education Centre.

What has not changed is the determination of the organisers to keep classes alive in this part of Fermanagh and neighbouring Tyrone. Constancy is also provided by the Beginner's and Improver's teacher Oliver McLoughlin from Newtownbutler who taught the first class all those years ago.

The Advanced class tutor is Kathleen Lavin, the retired head of Irish at St Michael's Grammar School, Enniskillen.

Oliver and Kathleen return to the townland of Dooneen this evening at 8pm for the first class of the new season.

Classes are pay per night and there are no exams to intimidate adult learners. A cup of tea and biscuits is mandatory and there are Gael Linn scholarships to win.

Telephone 8954 1841 to find out more or email

- The McCracken Cultural Society at 156 Antrim Road, Belfast begin Irish classes today, with a beginner's class and a level 3 class.

Tuesday has a Rang Gramadaí/A Level class as well as an Irish conversation class for past pupils from the Bunscoileanna

Wednesday sees a Beginner's class, an Intermediate class and and Ardrang on Teanga agus Litearthacht na Gaeilge with Seán Mac Corraidh.

More information from 9074 9688 or

- Classes are up and running again at the famous Cumann Chluain Ard at 27-43 Sráid na Scéiche/Hawthorn Street (off Cavendish Street on the Falls Road),

Bunrang / Dara Rang / Treas Rang are on offer on Monday and Thursday nights, 8-10pm. More info from 9032 1873.

Irish News - Lthch:

Robert McMillen

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