What do students need to bring?
Students will need to bring a packed lunch, along with pens and paper. The Coláiste will provide specialised handbooks to each student. Students will need to wear casual comfortable clothes for the sport and activities in the afternoon.
What about students with little or no fluency?
To those students who have little or no fluency in the language we aim to foster their confidence and build up their fluency through our structured morning classes and through the social use of Irish in the afternoon/evening activities. Ceannairí and teachers are always on hand to help any student who has any difficulty with the language. The Coláiste aims to create an effective and enjoyable learning environment for students at all level of fluency.
What can parents do at home?
Parents and other members of the family can use your own knowledge and understanding of the language, regardless of how small it may be, in conversation with your son or daughter throughout the duration of the course.
We have provided a Conversational Guide for parents & other members of the family to use at home and to also practice your own “Cúpla Focal”.
‘Riail na Gaeilge’ & Speaking Irish
The Gaeltacht Course can only be effective if students refrain from conversing in English for the duration of the course. Coláiste Naomh Eoin insists that students respect and abide by this fundamental rule. While students can incorporate English words and phrases into sentences in Gaeilge, they will at all times be encouraged to avail of their presence in the Gaeltacht and to actively seek to fill the gaps in their vocabulary. If you speak English, you won’t learn Irish. This rule is enforced in an enlightened, constructive and fair way with emphasis on reward and effort. Students who do not co-operate in this regard will be sent home without refund of fee. Special help will be given to students with little of no fluency in the language.
What about settling in?
The first few days of the course are very important and it is essential that our students develop a positive learning attitude as early as possible. After the first few days students should become adjusted and acclimatized to an all-Irish speaking environment. Students should enjoy the course, participate fully in class and in the afternoon activities and most importantly speak Irish at all times, before you know it you will find yourself thinking as Gaeilge! If for any reason your son/daughter encounters any difficulty in settling in or is unhappy about anything please contact us immediately. We are always here to help students to enjoy every aspect of the course as much as possible.
Where are the Course locations?
The success of the Coláiste Naomh Eoin is widely acknowledged and we now operate 20 Irish Courses in 8 locations different locations throughout Leinster. Click here for all Course Locations & Dates.
What is the cost of the Course?
€440 Total Cost
We require a deposit of €140 to paid upon booking. This will reserve a place for the student. The balance of €300 is payable on a specified registration date. There is a 10% reduction for the second and subsequent students attending from the same family.
On receipt of the application and deposit an official acknowledgment will be issued along with an information pack. This will contain everything needed to make the course as easy and as worthwhile as possible.
At least four weeks notice in writing of cancellation must be given before refund will be made.
How can I book a place?
Please contact us by email or phone to verify that there is space available for your chosen course. If space is unavailable we will put your name on a waiting list and contact you when a place becomes available.
We offer a number of ways in which you can enroll for one of our courses:
- Book Online – You can apply online and pay the deposit online – Click Here
- Download Application Form – You can download our application form online and send it in along with the deposit – Click Here
- Request a Brochure – We can send you out a brochure, which must be filled out and returned along with the deposit – Contact us
All application forms must be posted to the address listed on the form with a deposit of €140 or full fee of €440. Cheques, Drafts & Postal Orders should be made payable to: Coláiste Naomh Eoin.
*Please note that due to the increase in demand for our courses and our small class sizes, places are very limited. We work on a first come first served bases.
Students are supervised at all times. We have one of the lowest ratios of students to teachers/ceannairí in the country. All our staff are fully qualified and vetted under the Department of Education and Science regulations
Students may not leave the Coláiste during the course without permission of the Coláiste authorities and written permission of the parent/guardian. Students who leave the premises without permission will be immediately expelled from the course without refund of fee.