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Irish language at the CCI

The CCI runs year-long courses in the Irish language following the Teastas Eorpach na Gaeilge programme. Cuireann an CCI cúrsa teastas bliana i nGaeilge ar bun.

The CCI runs year-long courses in the Irish language following the Teastas Eorpach na Gaeilge programme. Cuireann an CCI cúrsa teastas bliana i nGaeilge ar bun.

Irish language course

How about learning (or going back to) the Irish language with one of our courses?

The CCI runs year-long courses in the Irish language following the Teastas Eorpach na Gaeilge programme.

The Centre Culturel Irlandais' 2021-2022 programme of Irish classes commenced in October 2021. Do send your enquiries for the 2022-2023 programme to reservations@centreculturelirlandais.com


This Certificate in Irish language is delivered by the National University of Ireland Maynooth.

Forty hours per year of Irish language teaching following the certified Teastas Eorpach na Gaeilge course and a full day of exam preparation (6 hours) at the end of the course; 46 hours teaching in total. The recommended hours of personal study increase according to the class level (from 80 to 300 hours).

  • Level A1 (Beginners 1): Monday at 7pm
  • Level A2 (Beginners 2): Thursday at 7pm
  • Level B1 (Intermediate 1): Tuesday at 7pm
  • Level B2 (Intermediate 2): Wednesday at 7pm

The classes run for between 1.5 and 2 hours (depending on level). More information on this is given at the first class.

Registration = €250
 (includes the cost of registration for the Teg examination)

Register here: reservations@centreculturelirlandais.com

The Teastas Eorpach na Gaeilge examination assesses the candidates’ language skills by means of written, oral and aural tests at the end of the academic year.

The class materials are available on the TEG website. Additional resources are available in the Médiathèque and can be searched for in CCI's on-line catalogue.

Resources in Irish

Tá go leor acmhainní trí Ghaeilge nó a bhaineann leis an nGaeilge ar fáil sa Médiathèque, chomh maith le go leor naisc chuig suíomhanna gréasáin ábhartha eile.

You will find a full section on Irish language with language tutors, dictionaries... along with a variety of films, books and CDs in Irish in the Médiathèque collection:

  • films and documentaries: 'Kings', 'Song of Granite', '1916: Seachtar na Casca', 'Poitin'...
  • audio books: poems, documentaries by RTE Radio, short novels…
  • novels and short stories by: Mairtin O Cadhain, Liam O Muirthile, Eilis Ni Dhuibhne and others, as well as novels by John McGahern and Maeve Binchy translated into Irish
  • children's books: 'Focloiropedia: A Journey Through the Irish Language from Aran to Zu', 'Gugalai Gug!: Traditional Irish Rhymes'...
  • poetry: Leabhar na hAthghabhala: 20th-century poetry in Irish, poems by Celia de Freine, Maire Mhac An Tsoi, Séan O Riordain, Nuala Ni Dhomhnaill and many others

Tá stair Choláiste na nGael sular osclaíodh an Centre Culturel Irlandais [ar fáil trí Ghaeilge]. Foilsíodh an chéad fhoclóir Béarla-Gaeilge i bPáras i 1732.


The first ever English-Irish dictionary was published in Paris in 1732. Visit the Old Library for more information.

The history of the Irish College prior to the opening of the Centre Culturel Irlandais is available in Irish.

Cupla focail as Gaeilge!

A few word in Irish!

Dia duit /d’iə dit’/ Hello

Slán /sla:n/ Goodbye


Le do thoil /l’ə də hil’e:/ Please

Go raibh maith agat /gɘ rɘ ma: agɘt/ Thank you


Sláinte /sla:n’t’ə/ Good health

Go n-éirí an bóthar leat /gə nairi:n bo:r l'at/ (May the road rise to meet you) Good luck