Gwybodaeth Modiwlau

Module Identifier
Module Title
Introduction to Old Irish
Academic Year
Semester 2 (Taught over 2 semesters)
Mutually Exclusive
Other Staff

Course Delivery

Delivery Type Delivery length / details
Lecture 20 x 1 Hour Lectures


Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment Weekly tests  30%
Semester Exam 2 Hours   2 hour exam  70%
Supplementary Assessment Tests  The candidate will be required to retake the element(s) which (s)he failed  30%
Supplementary Exam 2 Hours   2 hour exam  The candidate will be required to retake the element(s) which (s)he failed  70%

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module students should be able to:

Translate accurately from Old Irish

Read short literary texts in the original language, and understand their place in the history of Irish literature.

Demonstrate an understanding of fundamental aspects of Old Irish grammar

Brief description

An introduction to elements of the grammar of Old Irish, the language of the earliest Irish texts. A number of short texts and extracts from longer texts will be read and discussed on this module. Discussion will include linguistic and literary issues.


• The sources of Old Irish
• Orthography and pronunciation
• The noun (2 sessions)
• The article
• The adjective
• Numerals
• The verbs ‘to be’ (2 sessions)
• The present stem of the regular verb (3 sessions)
• Pronouns (2 sessions)
• The preterite stems of the regular verb (3 sessions)
• The subjunctive stem of the regular verb
• The future stem of the regular verb

Module Skills

Skills Type Skills details
Application of Number Not relevant
Communication Written: clear articulation of ideas and analysis in written assignments. Verbal: class contribution, presentation and interaction.
Improving own Learning and Performance By independent research; tutor feedback on written work and oral contribution in class; developing time/work management skills; reflecting upon presentational skills and other written work.
Information Technology For research purposes (assignments and presentations); word-processing. Using electronic research and bibliographic resources; accessing Blackboard for course materials.
Personal Development and Career planning Not relevant
Problem solving By critical engagement (verbal and written) with intellectual concepts.
Research skills Through independent research for written assessment, presentation and oral contribution in class. Using electronic research and bibliographical resources
Subject Specific Skills Getting to grips with grammar, historical linguistics and issues of interpretation and contextualization of early medieval texts
Team work Not relevant


This module is at CQFW Level 4