About Gaeltacht Minnesota . . .
For three decades, Gaeltacht Minnesota has supported the Irish language:
- In the Twin Cities, through free weekly Irish classes and two language workshops each year
(one-day in St. Paul and a weekend in Collegeville, in Central MN).
- Throughout the Upper MidWest, and beyond, with our newsletter An Gaeilgeoir.
- In Ireland, through fundraising for An tUltach,, the longest running magazine printed in the Irish language.
- The best way to keep abreast of our activities, including workshops, is to subscribe to our e-zine.
A brief history of Gaeltacht Minnesota, in its 34th year of volunteer service to the Irish speaking
community, has been reprinted from the November 1, 1998 issue of An Gaeilgeoir.
Free Irish Lessons from Gaeltacht Minnesota (back to top)
Gaeltacht Minnesota provides its Monday evenings lessons free of charge, through the volunteer services of our instructors.
(We do charge a fee for our weekend workshop events, and for the introductory course offered through Community Education.)
- Gaeltacht Minnesota Classes meet weekly on Mondays, 7-9 p.m., at Central High School in St. Paul (see
- Beginning, Intermediate, and Advanced levels of instruction.We also gather as one group ("All-Class
Meetings") from time to time for special topics.
- All of our instructors are experienced and dedicated individuals who donate their time to prepare and deliver lessons.
If you want to begin as new student, please note: (back to top)
We do not accept new students who have not studied Irish before as "walk-ins"!
If you have studied the language before, e-mail
us and we will try to figure out if you are ready to join one of our ongoing classes.
If you have not studied the language before, or, for whatever reason, are an absolute beginner, there are two ways for absolute beginners to join us:
- About once a year, we offer a four-week Introduction to Irish Gaelic through
St. Paul Community Education. Once you have completed this introduction and joined our Monday evening group,
you may continue to take our Monday classes for free, for as long as you like.
Completing the beginner classes in one of our workshops (April, July) will also open the door to our continuing classes.
Our workshop format and schedule may change from time to time. Again, watching this site and getting our e-zine
will let you know about these opportunities.
- We don't necessarily offer this class in the same 'term' every year. Timing depends on demand, instructor time, current
class size, and other practical factors.
- Watch this web site, or better yet, subscribe to our e-zine, to make sure you're informed
of opportunities to take this class.
For news about the next "Intro" class, please see our Community Education page.
Please Note: Central changed the room numbers on all of these rooms a while back and we haven't had time to fix the graphics, BUT if you follow the directions given, once you get in the building, they should get you to the right place, regardless of numbers!
Classes are held at Central High School, 275 N. Lexington Ave.,
in St. Paul, through the sponsorship of the Community Education arm of
St. Paul Public Schools.
Be sure to come in the North doors!
Look for us in rooms 1102, 1103, 1104 (these are the right numbers). We'll have signs pointing you toward the classrooms.
- The North side doors are between the football field and the high school.
- Follow the directions below to get to Marshall avenue, on the south side of the school.
- Turn into the parking lot entrance at the southwest corner of the school, and drive straight back toward thefootball
field. Turn right into the staff parking lot, which is on the north side of the school.
- Looking at the back of the school, enter the door toward your left. Walk through a small hallway, jog left to a larger
hallway, and head straight back to the bright green wall, and room 1102.
(from Central's web site)
35W south to 280 to 94 east Exit on Lexington,
go south (right) to
Marshall, turn right
Take Lexington south to Marshall, turn right
Take 35E south to 94 west
Exit on Lexington, go south (left) to Marshall,
Take 35W north to 94 east
Exit on Lexington, go
south (right) to Marshall
Take Lexington north to Marshall, turn left
Take 35E north to 94 west
Exit on Lexington, go
south (left) to Marshall
Comments and questions are welcome