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. Participants from outside of Wisconsin are also welcome.


We have classes/practice groups for beginner and intermediate learners. See the Classes section below for more information.

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Ranganna / Classes

We have a group of continuing Irish language learners who meet weekly online for conversation practice. There are also in person Beginner level classes open to UW-Madison students, senior auditors, faculty, and staff. 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!

Upcoming Class Schedule

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Seisiún an Earraigh / Spring Session 2024

Ciorcal Comhrá - online

-Sundays 4:00-5:00 pm Central Time

-Feb 11 - April 28

-For learners with some prior experience with Irish (Advanced Beginner or Intermediate). Beidh fáilte roimh achan duine!


Spring 2024

Beginning Irish 2 - in person

-UW-Madison, Mondays 4:35-5:25

-For UW-Madison students, faculty, and staff.

-Students may (optionally) register for 1 credit of independent study.


(Non-UW community members interested in beginning Irish can see our Resources section below for lots of online class options! Be in touch if you have any questions - we can help you find the right class for you.)



Check out this collection of Wordwall activities that you can use to help practice!



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