Ciorcal Comhrá na Cuinge

The Isthmus Conversation Circle



Group for learners of the Irish language (Irish Gaelic) in the Madison, Wisconsin area and around the state!


Our goal is to create a space for connection and communication among Irish language learners in the local area, and to provide opportunities to practice together and share resources and support.


We have a weekly online conversation group for intermediate learners. See the Classes section below for more information.

Facebook Group


We have a group of continuing Irish language learners who meet weekly for conversation practice on an ongoing basis. We also periodically hold Beginner classes. Click the Sign Up button below to express interest in a class, or to be added to our mailing list. Email Becky with any questions or for more information!

All classes are FREE for Wisconsin residents!

Spring 2022 Class Schedule

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All classes currently meeting online via Zoom

Beginning Irish 1

(No beginner class in Spring.)

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Irish Conversation Practice

Sundays 4:00-5:00 pm Central Time

For learners with some prior experience with Irish (Advanced Beginner or Intermediate).


Check out this collection of Wordwall activities that we have used in our classes!



Classes are taught by Dr. Rebecca Shields, lecturer in Linguistics with the University of Wisconsin-Madison Language Sciences Program.

These free classes are sponsored by UW-Madison's Language Institute.



We are fortunate to have many wonderful resources available online and in print for learners of Irish Gaelic. Here are some of the many good ones to help you on your Irish learning journey.

We have group members who have participated in the online courses listed below - be in touch if you would like to connect with someone who can give you more information about which class might be right for you.

Online Dictionaries and Reference

Online Courses

Beatha Teanga í a labhairt

The life of a language is to speak it