Gaeltacht Weekends were established in 1981 to provide a setting where students can learn and practice the Irish Language in an atmosphere where Irish is the “First” language. The name Gaeltacht refers to the regions in Ireland where Irish is the predominant language.
Though most participants have been studying for longer periods of time, those with little or no prior knowledge are also welcome.
The only requirements are a desire to learn, a commitment to use whatever Irish you do have, and a willingness to comply with the rule: Irish will be spoken by all, at all times, to the best of one’s ability. Language classes will be held and are mandatory.
Workshops in Irish music, singing and céilí dancing will also be offered. Bring your musical instruments. There will be a céilí Saturday night.
You are encouraged to bring a tape recorder, pens, pencils, notebook, etc.
Cost per person - $115.00
Under 16 and Full Time Students - $70.00
Day Students - $70.00
Saturday Only - $50.00
Firm deadline for reservations and/or refunds is February 10th.
EARLY BIRD SPECIAL - SAVE $10.00
"Early Bird" Adults - $105.00
|"Early Birds" Under 16 and Full Time Students - $60.00|
Sleeping Accommodations Are Dormitory Style. All dorms are upstairs.
You Must Supply: Sheets (or sleeping bag), pillow case, towel, soap, etc.
Most people bring soda bread, crackers and cheese, cookies or fruit, to share on the "snack table". Soda or alcoholic beverages of your choice are your own responsibility. Refrigeration is available. The consumption of alcoholic beverages is permitted in moderation.
6:00 - 8:00 p.m. Friday Evening
No Dinner Served on Friday
Crash Phrase Course - 8:15 - 9:00 p.m.
Singing Workshop - 9:00 - 9:30 p.m.
Get Acquainted Meeting - 9:30 p.m.
Our 2017 Summer Immersion Week will take place the last week in August.
For Information Contact:
This is the 20th year that Daltaí na Gaeilge is offering scholarships to both students and teachers to assist them in their Irish Language studies in Ireland as well as the States. Through the generosity of the Tierney family, and in memory of their son, Daltaí is honored to award the "Firefighter John Patrick Tierney Scholarship" for a teacher to study in Ireland. Oideas Gael, the language and cultural school located in the Donegal Gaeltacht, will supplement this special Scholarship with Free Tuition, Room and Board to their weeklong Teachers' program. We thank the Tierney family for their generosity, and Oideas Gael for their recognition and continued support in our shared mission of promoting an Ghaeilge. Also, the Student or Teacher who wins our scholarship to attend the Summer Immersion Week during August 2017 in Esopus, NY will receive Tuition, Room and Board.
The deadline for receipt of all scholarship applications is May 1, 2017.
Take New York State Thruway to exit 18, New Paltz. At end of ramp make a right onto Route 299. Follow Route 299 to end and make a left onto 9W. Follow 9W North for 5 miles to Marist Retreat Center on the right. See below, All Drivers.
Take Hutchinson River Parkway to I-684 to I-84 West to Taconic State Parkway. Go North on the Taconic to Route 55 West (Poughkeeepsie exit). Follow Route 55 through Poughkeepsie, across the Mid-Hudson Bridge and take Route 9W North for 8 miles to the Marist Retreat Center on the right. See below, All Drivers.
Take I-84 West to the Taconic State Parkway North to Route 55 and follow directions above.
Take NY State Thruway South to New Paltz. Exit 18 or Taconic State Parkway South to Route 44 West. Follow 44 West to the Mid-Hudson Bridge and follow directions above.
After entering Marist, follow the driveway ALWAYS bearing left. After the 90 degree turn, go straight through to furthest courtyard inside stone walls. Before unloading, check in at Main Building.
The closest train line is Metro North-Hudson Division to Poughkeepsie, NY, ten miles from Esopus. Then take taxi - a 10 mile trip.
Buses run to New Paltz. Then take taxi - a 10 mile trip.
The closest airport is Stewart International in Newburgh, N.Y., about 30 miles from Esopus.
Local Taxi Services:
A1 Taxi - 845-473-7600
H&H Taxis - 845-471-0099
Tek Taxi - 845-471-7500