Irish Immersion Weekend – February 17 to 19, 2023



Immersion Course in The Irish Language 

Friday, February 17th through Sunday, February 19th, 2023

Marist Brothers Retreat Center
1455 Broadway
Route 9W, Esopus, NY


 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 very 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.  

This program receives funding support from the Fulbright Commission in Ireland and the Irish Government’s Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht.

All-Inclusive Weekend Fee:
(Note “Early Bird Special” below)

Cost per person – $135.00           Under 16 and Full Time Students – $90.00
Day Students – $90.00 Saturday Only – $70.00

Firm deadline for reservations and/or refunds is February 10th. 

In appreciation to those who help us out by signing up early, fees for overnight registrants postmarked or paid online by February 3rd are $10.00 less. If it’s beyond that date, you must send the full regular amount.

“Early Bird” Adults – $125.00
“Early Birds” Under 16 and Full Time Students – $80.00


Sleeping Accommodations Are Dormitory Style.

All dorms are upstairs.

You Must Supply: Sheets (or sleeping bag), pillow case, towel, soap, etc.

Meals are served cafeteria style in the dining room at specified times. Most people bring soda bread, crackers and cheese, cookies or fruit, to share on the “snack table”. People with special dietary needs should be prepared to supplement their own meals with food that meets their specific personal requirements. Refrigeration and a microwave are available.  The consumption of alcoholic beverages is permitted in moderation. Soda or alcoholic beverages of your choice are your own responsibility.


Check-In Time:

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.


For Information Contact:

Daltaí Na Gaeilge





Beginning in 1998, Daltaí na Gaeilge has been pleased to award annual scholarships to both students and teachers to assist them in their Irish Language studies in Ireland as well as here in the United States. 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, supplements this special Scholarship with 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. The Student or Teacher who wins our scholarship to attend the Summer Immersion Week at the end of August in Esopus, NY will receive Tuition, Room and Board.

 The deadline for receipt of all scholarship applications is May 1, 2023.




Marist Brothers Retreat Center
1455 Broadway
Route 9W, Esopus, NY


 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