Northern California Celtic Language

Scottish Gaelic Classes in SACRAMENTO Contact Douglas McLean [celticdude(at)]  The classes are free.  Anyone can join at anytime.  I am open to any suggestions for a meeting place but it will be about twice a month.  We will be meeting soon to review the Gaelic course that we will be using.  The class acts as a support group for self-learners.  Come learn the language of your ancestors.  Come learn the language of your people. (Doug)

Scottish Gaelic Classes in SACRAMENTO.  Donnie Macdonald of Men of Worth, a native speaker from Lewis, conducts a class once each month in Citrus Heights from his home (8034 Avalos Way, Citrus Heights, CA 95610). Contact him by email for details (, or phone him at 916-723-6320 (home) or 916-214-4776 (mobile).

CLEMENTS. Wade Dowdell, Welsh-language resource. (, cellphone number ([209] 327-2721), and mailing address (P.  O.  Box 697, Clements, CA 95227-0697). The Welsh American Society of Northern California has several yearly activities featuring Welsh food, Welsh music, and the Welsh language: Cylch Cymreig Sacramento (the Sacramento Welsh Circle) is dormant, but there are some activities in the Welsh American Society of Central California, which has a couple of native Welsh speakers as members.

Scots Gaelic lessons – AUBURN - Donnie MacDonald - Elizabeth Townsend
Elizabeth is also in a Gaelic choir in BENICIA. Contact her for more information

Weekly Beginner and Intermediate Irish Language Classes - Wednesday Evenings - United Irish Cultural Center, SAN FRANCISCO.
Beginner Class at 6:00 PM - Intermediate Class at 7:30 PM - Teacher: Sean Gallagher - (510) 881 5958 - Gaeilge(at)

Advanced Irish Language Classes, one Saturday a month - MOUNTAIN VIEW - This is a monthly "Gaeilge Immersion Day", covering topics of interest. There will be homework to be completed during the month. Teacher:  Caitriona Ni Ghriallais - (510) 881 5958 - Gaeilge(at)

Monthly Gaeltacht Night - United Irish Cultural Center, SAN FRANCISCO - Third Sunday of each month, 5:30 pm - Dinner and conversation in Irish - Traditional Irish music session, with sean nos singing, at 7:30PM. - (510) 881 5958 - Gaeilge(at)

Weekly Irish language class in CAPITOLA (near the village) or in SANTA CRUZ (near the Rio cinema).  Either e-mail mary(at) or call 831 588 2842 for more information, or to reserve a place on the Irish language class. Mary Mc Laughlin    


San Francisco Irish Club: For information, contact Nikki Ragsdale. 510-881-5958,, or visit

San Francisco Irish Immersion Weekend, September 26-28, 2014

Irish language classes in Capitola: Contact Audrey Nickel, at 831-335-4879 or


Back in the early 90’s BBC Scotland ran a TV series for three seasons, focused on teaching basic Gaelic for Scots and others. Here are a couple of the episodes for you to check out. I think you can get the whole on DVD for about $75. (Thanks to Bruce Locken)

BBC Radio Scotland in Gaelic. This station has news, sports, pop music, cultural programs, children’s programs, etc.


Sabhal Mòr Ostaig in Skye on the West Coast of Scotland is a college that provides education primarily through the medium of Gaelic for learners up to native speakers.
We provide full time , part time, short courses and distance learning courses at Sabhal Mòr Ostaig with the aim of securing and strengthening the Gaelic Language and culture. We have many people from all corners of the world coming to take part in many of our courses each year with our distance learning courses being our main success with people enrolled from all over the globe. Our web address is


Free Access to Bite-size Irish Gaelic

If your organization arranges Irish language classes (Irish Gaelic), or if you teach Irish Gaelic classes, please read on:
We want to offer your teacher(s) and students of scheduled locally-held classes free access to Bitesize Irish Gaelic. This is worth over $100 per student. Access is provided for 9 months at a time.

Bitesize Irish Gaelic is an online service with 50+ Irish Gaelic lessons. The content should compliment what you or your organization already teaches. You can offer this as a free service to students. Each lesson is full of audio recordings. Once logged in, students can track their progress. There is no catch to this offer. We want as many people as possible to find out about our service.

How to get free accounts:

  1. Tell the teacher to email with a list of students’ names and email addresses.
  2. We will create a full complimentary account for each student and the teacher. Each person is emailed with login details as their account is created.

More information on the offer:

Who we are: We are Eoin and Sasa, living in Luimneach/Limerick, Ireland. We created these lessons to help teach the language worldwide. More about us here.
Please don't hesitate to email me if you have any questions or comments.
Is mise, le meas,
Eoin Ó Conchúir
Bitesize Irish Gaelic
Limerick, Ireland


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