Every Monday night, The Celtic Arts Center offers workshops in the Irish language (Gaelic). The workshop is held in board room upstairs at The Mayflower Club from 7–8PM.

The Beginner Level Workshop is a basic introduction to the Irish language using the text "Progress In Irish" by Mairead NiGhrada (textbook info below).  Tuition for this introductory workshop is FREE and open to the public. Enrollment is on-going and everyone's welcome to join at any time. Just show up at 7PM on any Monday night at The Mayflower Club and start learning Irish! And be sure to eventually get a copy of the textbook and maybe a 'foclóir póca' and bring them to class.

Please feel free to come down any time and check out our Monday night language workshops — no pre-registration is necessary. If you have any additional questions about our language workshops, you can e-mail us at language@celticartscenter.com .

Additionally the Celtic Arts Center from time to time offers more in-depth courses in Irish Gaelic language, as part of our schedule of classes and workshops.

Do you need a reason to learn Gaelic?
Watch this video short "Yu Ming is ainm dom." (Real Player required).

The primary texts used in our workshops are:

Progress in Irish by Mairead NiGhrada

Gaeilge Gan Stró! – Beginners Level by Éamonn Ó Dónaill

It is not mandatory that you have the texts with you the first class you attend, but please consider buying them soon after joining the class.

Below is a list of other books we use in our workshops and some convenient places where you can find them.


Foclóir Póca, a pocket size English/Irish - Irish/English (Bearla-Gaeilge / Gaeilge-Bearla) dictionary

Pocket Oxford Irish Dictionary: Bearla-Gaeilge / Gaeilge-Bearla dictionary

Where can you get these books?
In the San Fernando Valley:

Shamrock Imports
12514 1/2 Magnolia Blvd
Valley Village, CA 91607
– just west of Whitsett, on the south side of the street.
(818) 505-9221 

Imelda McCann, Proprietor 

In the Los Angeles/Hollywood area: 

Irish Import Shop
738 N. Vine Street 
Hollywood, CA 90038
– a bit north of Melrose, on the east side of the street
(213) 467-6714 

Anne Colburn, Proprietor

Irish Books and Media
1433 Franklin Avenue East 
Minneapolis, MN 55404-2135 

Call toll free (800) 229-3505 
or (612) 871-3505
or FAX (612) 871-3358  IRISHBOOK@aol.com 
(formerly IRISHBOOKS@aol.com)
or visit their website at http://www.irishbook.com

Tea & Sympathy
Book Warehouse
"Open to visitors...but call to let 'em know you're coming."
3440 West Warner, Suite F
Santa Ana, CA 92704

You've seen them at fairs and Highland games.
You may even have visited the tea room.


Cló Iar-Chonnachta
Publisher of books in Irish and of traditional Irish music.

Cló Iar-Chonnachta
Connemara, Co. Galway
PH: + 353 91 593 307

Their website is a great resource for Irish language students and musicians. They have an extensive selection available for purchase online and the ability to search their entire catalogue.


Cill Chúile, Baile na nGall, Trá Li, Co. Chiarrai
Tel: +353 (0) 669 155 237
Fax: +353 (0) 669 155 523

A great online resource for purchasing Gaeilge books, magazines, recordings, etc. online. "Every Irish book in print."