Fáilte go dtí an Ghaeltacht! (Welcome to the Irish Speaking Region!)
Many people are familiar with Irish music, dance, authors and of of course the legendary drink. But many people are not aware the Irish language is still alive and well in Ireland! While it is estimated that only between 100,000 and 300,000 people speak Irish as their first language, nearly every Irish lad and lass takes formal classes from when they are children through their leaving certificate (graduation).
Regionally, there are several Irish language courses offered, including at the Irish-American Heritage Center on the north-side of Chicago and at Gaelic Park on the south-side. Until recently, there have been no opportunities to learn and study Irish in a group setting in the western suburbs. The group is geared to beginners and is focused on developing basic conversational Irish. We are not trying to create future linguists or Irish-Gaelic professors and grammarians. This is a fun and social opportunity to delve into the language and put a smile on your ancestor's faces as they hear us speaking the mother tongue and doing our part to promote and save this beautiful language.
We started meeting on Saturday mornings at Quigley's Irish Pub in Naperville in September, 2016. Visit the group's Facebook page (West Suburban Irish Language Learning group) to learn more and find out our next meeting date! Don't worry if you missed the first class(es). Your are welcome to jump in and we will help you get speaking at your first class!