Newletter #44: April 2019

Postgraduate Diploma in Translation: Advice for applicants

The Dioplóma Iarchéime san Aistriúchán (Postgraduate Diploma in Translation) course, the first postgraduate programme being offered by Coláiste na hÉireann/Gaelchultúr, will be accepting a seventh cohort of students from September of this year.

The Dioplóma Iarchéime san Aistriúchán (DISA) is a Level 9 NFQ course and the programme lasts three semesters. It is aimed at those who already have a good standard of Irish, but who wish to learn translation skills or to enhance the skills they already have. It is also ideal for those who work through Irish on a daily basis – teachers and journalists, for example – who wish to improve their standard of writing in the language. The course will also benefit those who are interested in working as a translator, administrator or lawyer-linguist in one of the EU institutions.


Here are some practical suggestions for those wishing to prepare for the DISA entrance exam this year:

  • They can try the sample entrance exam available in the subsection A guide to the entrance exam on, and then check their answers in the document entitled “Freagraí ar cheisteanna an pháipéir shamplaigh”, which can be found in the same section.
  • They can have a go at Gaelchultúr’s Online Irish Test to see which grammar rules they still need to master. The test is available here.
  • They can buy Gaelchultúr’s grammar, Gramadach gan Stró!, try the exercises and check their answers at the back of the book, or they can register for the interactive online version of the publication, which is available on Gaelchultúr’s e-learning website,
  • They can translate the English versions of articles found in this newsletter to Irish, and then compare their translations with the original Irish versions of those articles.
  • They can try some of the exercises contained on the website.

The DISA’s classroom-based sessions are held on one Saturday a month in Coláiste na hÉireann/Gaelchultúr’s headquarters in Dublin city centre. A great deal of the course material is available on Gaelchultúr’s e-learning website,, and this gives people from all parts of Ireland the opportunity to undertake the programme (so far, for example, students have travelled from Tory Island, the Kerry Gaeltacht, Luxembourg and France to attend the classroom-based sessions).

There are two deadlines for the 2019–2020 course: Thursday, 27 June 2019 or Friday, 23 August. And applicants can also undertake the entrance exam on two different dates: Saturday, 6 July or Saturday, 31 August (2.00–4.00pm on both dates).
Important: Because there are only 15 places available on the course, those undertaking the entrance exam in July may have an advantage.

Further information about the Dioplóma Iarchéime san Aistriúchán programme, and the course brochure and application form, are available at Those requiring further information can also call (01) 484 5220 or write to

Information sessions regarding the Dioplóma Iarchéime san Aistriúchán will take place in Coláiste na hÉireann/Gaelchultúr, 11 Clare Street, Dublin 2 at the following times and dates:

12.00–1.00pm, Saturday, 18 May
6.00–7.00pm, Tuesday, 20 August
12.00–1.00pm, Saturday, 24 August

Those wishing to attend one of the information sessions above are not required to book a place in advance.

And, in order to cater for those people who are not available on the above dates, a live information session will take place on Gaelchultúr’s Facebook page on Tuesday, 28 May at 7.30pm. Gaelchultúr’s Director of Education, Éamonn Ó Dónaill, will give those in attendance an overview of the course and there will also be an opportunity to ask him questions about the programme.