Irish Courses

So when do these Irish courses take place?

Tá na cúrsaí ar fad lán anois. All courses are now full. Waiting lists are in operations. Please email any query before completing an application.


  • Ages 11-18.
  • Cúrsaí A agus B will have a special focus on the Junior Cert.
  • Cúrsaí C agus D will be suitable for both Junior and Leaving Cert students.


  • Cúrsa A: 4/6/2023 - 17/6/2023 - THIS COURSE IS NOW FULL. 
  • Cúrsa B: 19/6/2023 - 2/7/2023 - THIS COURSE IS NOW FULL. 
  • Cúrsa C: 4/7/2023 -17/7/2023 - THIS COURSE IS NOW FULL.
  • Cúrsa D: 19/7/2023 - 1/8/2023 - THIS COURSE IS NOW FULL


  • Course A : €920.
  • Course B: €920
  • Course C: €920
  • Course D: €920
  • Balance + travel to be forwarded before May 1st.
  • Travel costs include Coach and Boat return fare. Travel from Dublin €50 , Athlone €40 and Ros a' Mhíl €30.
  • Travel arrangements will be forwarded 14 days before the course commences.


Interviews are necessary for all first time applicants. The purpose of the interviews is not only to determine the level of competency in Irish of the applicants but also to explain the regulations regarding the speaking of Irish etc during the course.

Interviews will be held in early 2023 at convenient locations to parents/students and at least one parent/guardian is expected to attend with each applicant.

Daily Programme:

Monday to Saturday

  • Monday to Saturday 10.30 a.m –1.30 p.m : Formal classes.
  • 3.00p.m –5.00p.m. Games, swimming, canoeing, Cycling etc.
  • 7.30 –9.30 p.m. Céilí, Drámaí, Singing, Line Dancing etc.



  • Students will be accommodated in private houses with Irish speaking families that are approved by Roinn na Gaeltachta.
  • A menu will be agreed with the Bean an Tí, which is varied and healthy. We allow two / three friends together if requested in advance.
  • Information Giving Session: will be provided throughout the country as required.


  • A deposit of €100 reserves a place on any of our courses.
  • The deposit (€100) is non-refundable except in the case of students who do not obtain a place in An Coláiste as a result of the interview.
  • No refund will be made in the case of non-completion of a course or in cases of dismissal.
  • We allow a discount of €50 each for groups of 5, returning students and the second member of any family who books a course with us.
  • Places are limited so early booking is advised!
  • Information sessions will be held throughout the country in early April for those who are new to Irish Colleges. The main aim of these meetings will be to answer any questions that parents and students may have about the course.

Should you attend Coláiste Ó Direáin?

YES - if you wish to improve your command of spoken Irish!

YES - if you wish to improve your grades and benefit more from your Irish class!

YES - to gain natural fluency in the Irish language all in a fun way through Spóirt, Craic agus Spraoi!

YES - if you wish to meet new people and make new friends.

YES - if you wish to experience an Island adventure for three weeks.

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A Day In The Coláiste

A typical day in Coláiste Ó Direáin begins :

8.30am – 9.00am:
Rising time and breakfast

10.30 a.m. - 1.30 p.m:
Formal classes

1.30 p.m. - 3.00 p.m:

3.00 p.m. - 5.00 p.m.
Games  /Swimming/Canoeing/Cycling etc.

5.00 p.m. - 7.30 p.m.

7.30 p.m. - 9.30 p.m.
Céilí dancing; Drama, Singing, Line Dancing,Seisiúin ceoil; Quiz, etc.

10.00 p.m.
Supper with host family

11.00 p.m.
Lights out!


“Our Sincere thanks for looking after Eoin on his first trip to Coláiste Ó Direáin. Please convey our gratitude to your teachers and all who contributed to the success. He is already looking forward to returning next year.”

Eoin. Dublin.

“Hi Sean and all the team at Coláiste Ó Direáin. Just to say thank you for looking after my daughter for the past three weeks she spent with you. She arrived back full of stories having had a brilliant time. Well done to you all.”

Ann. Co Louth.

“Just a quick note to thank you for taking care of my son Paul while he attended the college recently.He had a wonderful time and really enjoyed every minute of his stay. Already he is looking forward to a return visit next year.”

Paul. Kildare.

“Myself and my husband visited the Island on Sunday 7th July to see Patrick. We had a lovely visit, we cycled, visited Dún Aonghasa, had a swim and some lunch. You definitely have something special on Inis Mór. I have already recommended Coláiste Ó Direáin to my younger niece.”

Patrick. Co Limerick