Fáilte go Coláiste Ó Direáin

Coláiste Ó Direáin is an Irish Summer College in County Galway that was founded in 1984 to teach the Irish language courses to the youth of Ireland in an enjoyable and active way. This Irish language college in Galway provides expertly run three week courses during the summer on beautiful Inis Mór, Aran Islands, County Galway.

Come to the Aran Islands to Learn Irish this Summer...


Come to Inis Mór - an island of immense natural beauty and rich cultural heritage where Gaeilge is very much alive!

Our courses are graded to suit different levels of ability ranging from Bunchúrsa to pre-Leaving Cert, giving special tuition for the oral exam. Our courses in Coláiste O Direáin have an excellent ratio of teachers to students, guaranteeing success in spoken Irish.

Intense preparation in a culturally rich environment, is provided for the oral Irish examination. Oral Irish exams take place at Junior and Leaving Cert now and count for 40% of the overall mark.


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Learning in a fun, relaxed yet effective atmosphere with emphasis on activities such as football, basketball, volleyball, cycling, swimming, canoeing as well as engaging in music, dancing and drama is in our opinion the best way to learn Irish. Visits to sites of natural and historical interest will take place throughout the course.

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“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