Each afternoon the students take part in indoor and outdoor activities through the medium of Irish.
The students practice their Gaeilge in a fun, relaxed environment while taking part in various sporting and cultural activities.
The activities take place in the many excellent facilities available to the College.
These include, but aren’t limited to, an all-weather pitch, GAA pitches, water sports centre, local beaches and a multipurpose sports hall.
The teachers and cúntóirí are experienced coaches who ensure each activity is structured, organised and entertaining.
We also offer GAA and Rugbaí workshops with experienced players, past and present.
Gaelic Football, Hurling, Soccer, Tag Rugby, Athletics, Basketball, Volleyball, Dodge Ball, Hockey, Olympic Handball, Aerobics. GAA and Rugby Workshops throughout the course.
We also facilitate students who want to follow summer sports on television. This usually includes GAA and Wimbledon as well as the Olympics, World Cup and European Championship.
Kayaking and water sports take place on Loch an Mhuilinn beside the village. Snorkeling is also available on any one of the beautiful beaches in the area, including Trá an Dóilín, famed for its clear water.
There are many beautiful beaches in An Cheathrú Rua. Students are supervised by a qualified lifeguard while enjoying the crystal clear waters. There are also enjoyable group activities organised on the beach – céilí on the beach, sandcastle competition, tug of war, limbo, volleyball.
Golfing is available to those interested. The golf course is situated nearby on the beautiful scenic Annaghvane Island.
Trekking and Walking
An Cheathrú Rua is surrounded by spectacular trekking and walking routes. These include the pilgrimmage route of Mám Ean, Cnoc Leitir Móir from which students enjoy an amazing view across Connemara and the historic Ros a’Mhíl Martello Tower.
Students take part in céilí dancing most evenings during their time in the College. There is a theme set for each céilí, such as Céilí na gCondaetha (County Colours) and Céilí Rásaí na Gaillimhe (The Galway Races). Students dress up for each céilí which creates a fantastic atmosphere each evening. Pack accordingly!
Students will also enjoy the surrounding areas. A day trips to the Aran Islands leaves lasting memories. The ferry journey takes approximately forty minutes each way. The view from Dún Aonghus offers breathtaking scenery with a magnificent view of the wild Atlantic and Clare coast. Students also enjoy day trips to Inis Óirr, Padraig Pearse’s Cottage / Teach an Phiarsaigh, Connemara and Salthill. The total package cost is €60. This will cover all tours. This charge will be collected separately from the fees a few days before the course.
Line Dancing and Zumba classes are organised during the courses. Students also learn to jive! And local damhsóirí showcase Damhsa ar an Seanós.
Students participate in sporting activities and compete in teams against the other Títhe Lóistín. There are also various other entertainment stations, such as bouncy castles and sumo suits, available for their enjoyment on College Sports Day.
Each house takes part in the Talent Competition at the end of each course. The house works as a team to create musical pieces, dance routines and drama sketches through the medium of Irish. We invite students to bring their musical instruments, dancing shoes and creative spirit on the course!
Cúrsaí 2023 What to Bring!
Themed Céilithe - plan for your costumes! Below is a list of some of the themes students have enjoyed in the past:
- Dubh agus Bán (Black and White)
- Ildaite (Multi-coloured)
- Condaetha (County Colours/Jerseys etc)
- Cúplaí (Twins)
- Mo Laoch (My Hero)
- Nollaig (Xmas)
- Junk Couture (Think black bags/tinfoil/cardboard etc )
- NBA - (Basketball)
- Gailf – US Masters
- Scannán - Film (House Theme)
- Tour de France
- Galway Races
- Fairytale - Pirates and Princesses
Sport – Barring a weather warning we will be outside so be prepared!
- Football Boots
- Hurley and Helmet/Sliotar
- Football Gloves/gumshield if desired for contact sports
- A small knapsack / bag for sports gear, swimwear etc.
- Rain Gear (lots of it!)
- Swimming Togs
- Beach Towel
- Towels for personal use
- Two Clear boxes labelled – for toiletries and makeup (to keep separate from others in the Teach Lóistin)
- At least one other towel for personal use (bean an tí will provide more)
- RSA – High Viz Vest (Walking/Orienteering etc)
- Musical Instruments (if possible)
- A4 Hard Copy – for classes + pens, highlighters and markers (pencil case)
- Plain White Tee-shirt – for Art
- 5 antigen tests
- Face Masks
- Hand Sanitizer
Students should bring an ATM card with them for small purchases in the local shop. Larger expenses (College Hoodie/Doctor/Day Trip to the Aran Islands) can be managed by parents via the online payment system.