Language and Landscape: The Heritage of Gleann Cholm Cille

Turas Cholm Cille cross slab
Course participants on Glen Head
Ellie Nic Fhionnghaile

There is a wealth of language, archaeology, history, folklore, nature, art and music in Gleann Cholm Cille. This innovative new course, delivered in a mix of classroom and outdoor environments, will give you the opportunity to sample all of these aspects of our unique heritage while also practising your spoken Irish.

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Title Location Price
Saturday, 18 June 2022 — Saturday, 25 June 2022
Language and Landscape Gleann Cholm Cille €240 Book now
Saturday, 20 August 2022 — Saturday, 27 August 2022
Language and Landscape Gleann Cholm Cille €240 Book now

A mix of guided walks, presentations, classroom tuition and outdoor demonstrations will be used to deliver the course. Boat and bike trips may also be provided, weather permitting.

Language classes will comprise up to 50% of the course, but Irish will be used throughout all elements of the programme and skilled teachers will help you improve your fluency and conversational skills. Both beginners and advanced speakers are welcome and participants will be grouped appropriately to ensure they get the maximum benefit from the week.

The topics covered will include:

  • Flora, fauna and local habitats
  • The Irish dialect of Gleann Cholm Cille
  • Neolithic and early-Christian archaeology
  • The heritage of St Columba
  • Local folklore
  • Fishing and maritime traditions
  • The traditional music of southwest Donegal

This is not a hill walking course: the guided walks will not be strenuous but you must bring appropriate rain gear and comfortable shoes.

COVID-19
Courses will be provided in line with Government of Ireland health advice. There may be some changes to the course format in light of updated health guidelines. Please see our information page on COVID-19 and Oideas Gael’s Course Programme 2022.