Newsletter #33: January 2016

Huge demand for the Certificate in Professional Irish in local authorities around the country

2015 was another bumper year for the Certificate in Professional Irish. 130 employees from Local Authorities around the country took the course at levels 3, 4 and 5 of the National Framework of Qualifications, and between in-house courses, online courses and courses in Gaelchultúr’s centre in Dublin 182 people overall took a Certificate in Professional Irish course during the year. More than 400 public sector employees have completed a course with Gaelchultúr since the Certificate was first offered in 2012, and the numbers are increasing every year.

“We put a lot of work into the Certificate in Professional Irish course in order to ensure that those taking it would make significant progress in a short space of time, whilst still enjoying the learning experience,” says Diarmuid Ó Mathúna, Gaelchultúr’s Business Development Manager. “We understand that any professional training must address two needs: the learners need to enjoy and benefit from the course and the organisations need to benefit from their learning. Based on the feedback we’ve received to date, the course is indeed serving both of those needs.”

The Certificate in Professional Irish Course has been run in Fingal County Council, Dublin City Council, Mayo County Council and Donegal County Council, and has been run more than once in some of those organisations.

The following are some comments made by training officers regarding the Certificate in Professional Irish and their experience working with Gaelchultúr:

Training Officer 1 – Local Authority
“We ran two preparatory courses and two Certificate in Professional Irish courses – one at Level 3 and one at Level 4. The classes ran for ten weeks, and there was huge enthusiasm from all participants because of the knowledgeable and experienced tutors. What could have been an extremely complicated process was made simple because of the professional manner the team [at Gaelchultúr] have. It is clear that they are all very passionate about their work and enjoy what they do. I am very happy with the services provided by Gaelchultúr and I am very much looking forward to working with them again in the future.”

Training Officer 2 – Public Sector Body
“The tutor was excellent – very knowledgeable on all aspects of correct grammatical usage – and she encouraged lively discussion. The group held her in very high regard and attendance was consistently very good. Other staff have now enquired about attending Irish classes and it is our intention to offer Level 3 and Level 4 courses in the future.”

The Certificate in Professional Irish will begin again in Gaelchultúr in Dublin on 1 March 2016, but in-house courses can be run in any organisation around the country at any time. For more information about the course or to download a brochure click here or contact Diarmuid Ó Mathúna, Gaelchultúr’s Business Development Manager, by sending an email to or by calling him on (01) 484 5225.