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Irish 4: Old Irish Prose

Course 2011-2012

Admission requirements

Basic knowledge of Old Irish grammar, for instance acquired by attending the introductory course Irish 3 in the first semester.


In this course the student will translate and study “Tochmarc Étaíne” (“The Wooing of Étaín”) and parts of the “Táin Bó Cuailgne” (“The Cattleraid of Cooley”). These texts will be studied from a cultural-historical as well as from a linguistic point of view.

Course objectives

After completing this course the student will be able to study Old Irish texts independently.


The timetable will be available by June 1st at the website.

Mode of instruction

Weekly three-hour seminars, on Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Assessment method

Oral contribution to class and a written translation test will count for 50% each towards the final mark.


This course is not supported by Blackboard.

Reading list

Wim Tigges, ed., Tochmarc Étaíne, als Reader verkrijgbaar bij de docent.
John Strachan, ed., Stories from the Táin, rev. Osborn Bergin, Dublin: recente uitgave.


Students should register through uSis. Exchange studentens cannot register through uSis, but must see the director of studies and register with her. If you have any questions, please contact the departmental office, tel. 071 5272144 or mail:

Exchange and Study Abroad students, please see the Study in Leiden website for information on how to apply.

Contact information

Departmental Office English Language and Culture, P.N. van Eyckhof 4, room 102C. Tel. 071 5272144; mail:
Studentcounsellor Bachelor: Ms. S.H.J. Bollen, P.N. van Eyckhof 4, room 103B.
Coordinator of Studies Master: Ms. K. van der Zeeuw-Filemon, P.N. van Eyckhof 4, room 103C.