Céad míle fáilte romhaibh! You’re all very welcome to Féilín Portland na Bealtaine

Céad míle fáilte romhaibh!

You’re all very welcome to Féilín Portland na Bealtaine–a celebration of Irish langauge and culture featuring intensive classroom instruction, an immersive environment, and cultural workshops all within the confines of a spectacular setting in Southwest Portland.

Our parred down “féilín” (little festival) will feature a full day of language learning for Beginning* speakers on Saturday, May 14th and a full day of immersive classes for Intermediate* and Advanced* speakers on Sunday, May 15th. Please, see level descriptions below!


Caitríona Ní Chonaola (Áras Mháirtín Uí Chadhain language school, Co. Galway)

Bob Burke (former Irish language instructor, Marylhurst University)

Brian Ó hAirt (Creative Director, Lanugage Hunters)

Jacinta Keys-Hanlon (Co. Kildare, Ireland)

Each day will be organized into a morning and afternoon block of classes (roughly two 50 min classes per block) punctuated by tea breaks. Lunch will run mid-day for an hour followed by an hour long workshop. Workshops on offer will include sean-nós singing, sean-nós dancing, and Cluichí as Gaeilge (games in Irish). Want to suggest another workshop topic? Contact me!

Expect the total duration of each day to run from 9:30 a.m. to roughly 5 p.m. with minor adjustments to the schedule as needed.


Email brian@languagehunters.org to RSVP and to organize payment via cheque, PayPal, or credit card.

Támid ag tnúth go mór leis! Looking forward to celebrating our love of Irish together again!

*Beginning speakers can respond to simple questions dealing with common, everyday interactions. You rely on lists of words and memorized phrases, and can satisfy a very limited number of immediate needs. (Absolute beginners have no language skills whatsoever.)

*Intermediate speakers can particpate in simple, direct conversations on generally predictable topics related to daily activies and personal interests. You can initiate, sustain, and bring to close a number of basic, uncomplicated exchanges, often in a reactive mode with some mistakes. You can also create with the language by re-combining sentences and familiar structures.

*Advanced speakers participate actively in conversation in most informal and some formal settings on topics of personal and public interest. You can narrate and describe in major time frames with sustained accuracy and confidence. You can also deal effectively with unanticipated complcations through a variety of communication techniques.

Brian Ó hAirt

Portland, OR

(314) 974-7073