June: (A1) 04/06/’23 – 17/06/2023
June: (A2) 18/06/’23 – 01/07/2023
1st & 2nd Year Students
July: (B1) 02/07/’23 – 15/07/2023
July: (B2) 16/07/’23 – 29/07/2023
Age 12 - 18
Aug: (C1) 30/07/’23 – 12/08/2023
Age 12 – 18 years
Pre-Leaving Cert Course
- Mock Oral Interview
- Aural Comprehension
- Particular emphasis in class on conversation for the Oral Exam
- Essay Content - vocabulary, idioms, grammar
Junior Cycle Course
- Pre Junior Cycle Course for 1st and 2nd year students
- Conversation and Oral Language
- Presentations, Debates
Primary School Student Course
- Pre second Level 6th Class
- Basic Irish course with emphasis on basic idioms and conversational sentences
- Preparation for transition to second level
Our policy in Coláiste Chiaráin is to run our courses solely through the medium of Irish so that the students leave the college very well versed in the language and confident in their ability to express themselves.
10:00 – 13:15: 3 Formal Classes
15:30 – 17:15: Outdoor Games, Competitions, Beach & Watersports
19:30 – 21:15: Céilí, sketches, sing songs, inter-house competitions, Dioscó Gaelach, fancy dress & many more interesting and fun activities.
All guest houses are approved by Roinn na Gaeltachta. Irish is the spoken language of the guest houses and the Fear/Bean an Tí will always encourage the speaking of Irish by her/his students.
We support returning secondary students who have shown a keen interest in the Irish language having attended Coláiste Chiaráin previously. They are normally in the senior cycle at school. There is a Cinnire Tí in each house to encourage students to speak Irish.
Students can bring an ATM card with them for small purchases in the local shop and for spending money on any tours. The card can also be used to pay for a visit to the doctor in the event that this is necessary during the course.
Medical Illness & Allergies
A doctor is always on call. The cost of attendance is borne by the student or their parents. Parents are requested to inform the college of any recurring illness during booking (e.g. asthma, bed wetting, allergies etc…). Medical report can be obtained by emailing the college at firstname.lastname@example.org. We can then send you a link to an online form. Relevant information will be passed on to the Bean an Tí.
Information meetings are arranged prior to the courses for students who are attending the college for the first time. They are organised normally during the month of May. Centres are arranged in locations most convenient to parents throughout the country. A parent or guardian must attend these meetings with the students. The students will be interviewed in order to assess their current level of Irish and to enable them to ask any questions they have in advance of travelling to An Cheathrú Rua. It is also a chance for parents to address any particular concerns they might have. This year (for 2023) the parents meeting will happen online and students will fill out a questionnaire about their level of Irish to assist us in organising classes.