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Irish Language at NYU

Irish language events, literature, and culture at Glucksman Ireland House NYU.

Community Irish Language Courses

NYU Senior Language Lecturer Pádraig Ó Cearúill teaches evening Irish language classes to the public at the elementary, intermediate, and advanced levels.

TEG exam

The European Certificate in Irish Language Examination
Teastas Eorpach na Gaeilge

This examination, developed by the Language Center at the National University of Ireland, Maynooth, is a system for adult learners of Irish to measure their progress. It is linked to the Common European Framework of Reference for Language (Council of Europe, 2001). The test provides a benchmark, offering six levels in the system of certification for learners within and outside formal academic environments.

The Level 1 (A1) examination will be held on June 7th, 2014, the Level 2 (A2) examination will be held on May 24th, 2014, the Level 3 (B1) examination will be held on May 10th, 2014, and the Level 4 (B2) examination will be held on April 5th, 2014.

The deadline for applying to take the TEG exam is March 14, 2014. More at www.teg.ie.

Seanfhocal: Irish Proverb


Mura gcuirfidh tú san Earrach ní bhainfidh tú san Fhómhar.

(If you do not sow in the spring you will not reap in the autumn.)



Seanfhocal: Irish Proverb

An rud a scríobhann an púca, léann sé féin é
(What the púca writes, the púca can read)

This proverb goes to the heart of the validity of translation. Only an author may explain his words, everything else is a personal interpretation of his ideas. Many writers in Irish resist translating their work to English or any other language, leaving that to others.

Select Poetry

Enjoy these poems by following the Irish language passages while listening to the accompanying sound file. English interpretations are included.

  • Cúairt an Mheán Oíche (1780)
    by Brian Merriman (c.1745–1805)

    “The Midnight Court is undoubtedly one of the greatest comic works of literature, and certainly the greatest comic poem ever written in Ireland. … " (Brian Merriman and His Court, Seán Ó Tuama, pg. 64)

    > Read Lines 657–684 from section 4

  • Vailintín Brún (1720)
    by Aogán Ó Rathaille (c.1675–1729)

    Do leathanaigh an ciach diachrach fám sheana-chroí dúr
    ar thaisteal na ndiabhal n-iasachta i bhfearann Chuinn chúinn;
    scamall ar ghriain iathair dár cheartas ríocht Mumhan
    fá deara dhom triall riamh ort, a Vailintín Brún.

    > Keep Reading

  • Na Blátha Craige
    by Liam Ó Flaithearta, aka Liam O'Flaherty (1897–1984)

    A dúirt mé leis na blátha:
    "Nach suarach an áit a fuair sibh
    le bheith ag déanamh aeir
    Teannta suas anseo le bruach na haille,

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Select Prose

  • Séadna
    by Peadar Ua Laoghaire
    An Chéad Chló 1904
    Liam Mac Mathúna a chuir in eagar. (Carbad) 1987

    The setting is at the fireside where children have gathered, one of whom, Peig, is persuaded to tell a story. Peig’s story transports the group and the reader into the adventure of Séadna and his encounter with evil, greed and salvation. First published in 1904 Séadna is an example of Munster Irish.

    > Keep Reading