Hedge School shines spotlight on Dublin this Autumn

by Rachel Cunningham
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Rachel Cunningham

The nine-week immersive Irish language immersive experience, Scoil Scairte or ‘Hedge School’, is returning this October 5 at 7pm.

Following the success of last year, this year’s guides will include a suite of inspiring bilingual multidisciplinary artists, activists, creatives, educators, culture makers and indigenous language keepers.

This will include the founder, Kathy Scott, writer Manchán Magan, presenter Mairéad Ní Chonghaile, composer Colm Mac Con Iomaire and producer of Oscar & BAFTA-nominated An Cailín Ciúin, Cleona Ní Chrualaoí, among many others.

Scoil Scairte is a nine-week voyage of discovery that invites people to gather together online to explore, experience and learn about Irish culture in a global learning community.

The programme was awarded the 2022 European Language Label by Léargas and recognised by nomination for Best Arts and Cultural Award with the Irish Sponsorship Awards.

This season’s series will shine a spotlight on the Dublin region on the east coast of Ireland. The class will meet guides from, in and of Dublin, who will explore ideas about cultural heritage including place, language, identity and wellbeing.

The nine-week online course includes over 30 hours of live and recorded content.

Each week a new guide takes the class on a voyage into the soul of the Irish language through a broad range of shared experiences from storytelling and music to dancing, folklore, hip hop, hurling, knitting, sean nós singing and other creative practices. 

The creative syllabus features weekly 90-minute bilingual learning sessions, live music by internationally renowned artists and a language learning component led by the resident múinteoir. There are break-out sessions, homework, care packages, resources and special weekly bonus treats.

Participants also gain three months of free access to the community membership space Meitheal, which is home to weekly guided conversation circles for both beginners and intermediate speakers.

Places are limited and the programme is priced at €225.

Created in 2021 by The Trailblazery in collaboration with Manchán Magan and supported by Foras na Gaeilge, this series is also part-funded by Dublin City Council through the Arts Office and Corporate Services.

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