Gaeltacht Courses for Adults with Gael Linn 2024

The Location:
Gael Linn’s Gaeltacht courses for adults are held in Gaoth Dobhair, Co. Donegal, which is one of the largest Irish-speaking areas in the country. The classes take place in Acadamh na hOllscolaíochta Gaeilge (F92 V2AW is the Eircode or 'Ionad na hOllscoile' according to Google Maps). The area is one of outstanding natural beauty, surrounded by the Derryveagh Mountains, the most majestic of which is Errigal. Some of the finest beaches in Ireland are to be found in Gaoth Dobhair.

The Course:
The courses run Sunday to Saturday. Irish language classes are held each day starting at 9.30a.m. until 3.00p.m, and the course concludes at 1.00 p.m. on the Saturday. One of the aims of the course is to show that the Irish language is vibrant and relevant to all aspects of modern life. There will be a varied evening programme of lectures, poetry-readings, table-quiz, céilí etc and information will be available about cultural events taking place in the vicinity. 

You can find the schedule for a typical week on one of our courses HERE.

Our courses follow the TEG Levels, and you can find more information about them here. If you are still unsure about which level to chose you can try TEG's online assessment HERE.

1. New to Gaeilge (A1 TEG)
This level is for anyone with no prior experience with the language who is looking to learn the foundations of the language like phrases, proverbs, and basic sentence structure.
2. Feabhsaitheoirí | Improvers (A2+ TEG)
This level is for anyone who has studied Irish at school or elsewhere and is out of practice. Participants will learn useful phrases and basic pieces of grammar to construct sentences, build on vocab, and increase confidence in speaking.
3. Meánleibhéal | Intermediate (B1+ TEG)
This level will focus on slightly more difficult aspects of the language and participants will focus on fluency in their spoken Irish learning more complicated sentence structures, grammar and vocab.
4. Ardleibhéal | Advanced (B2+ TEG)
This is a level for people with a solid grasp on the language who want to focus more on slightly more challenging grammar and develop their fluency over the course.

Course participants make their own accommodation arrangements during the course and there are many different options. You can our accommodation list and extra information HERE.

Dates for Summer 2024:
Cúrsa A: 23/06/2024 - 29/06/2024
Cúrsa B: 04/08/2024 - 10/08/2024

Fee & Registration:
The courses are priced at €250 - this fee covers tuition and evening lectures. 

NOTE: There is a 10% discount available for anyone with a valid student card, for anyone receiving a pension, and for job seekers. Please get in touch with to avail of this discount.

SCG & OCG Recognition:
Gael Linn’s Donegal courses are recognised by the Department of Education and Science and they satisfy the requirement that primary teachers trained outside the State must attend a recognised course in the Gaeltacht. There will be a number of lectures/workshops specifically for teachers in addition to the programme already described. When applying please quote SCG.

More Info:
For more information contact us on 01 675 1200 or email, or visit our office at 35 Dame Street, Dublin 2.

Past-participant Recommendations:

“Bhain mé sult as na ranganna - ní raibh siad rófhoirmiúil (is saoire atá ann) agus bhí neart deiseanna againn le bheith ag plé agus giota beag craic a bheith againn. D'fhoghlaim mé cupla rud an-úsaideach chomh maith. Bhí imeachtaí den scoth eagraithe, go háirithe an turas treoraithe agus an turas go Gabhla. Beidh me ar ais an bhliain seo chugainn.”

“The course was amazing from start to finish. There was such variety, camaradarie and exposure to the Irish language and culture. We had an exceptional teacher who taught us so much, provided such variety and made it fun and engaging the whole way through. Such a gifted teacher. The organisation and support from everyone involved in the course was truly exceptional. I had high expectations going but they were actually exceeded so good was the course.”