Newletter #44: April 2019

Bord na Gaeilge UCD’s summer school to take place for the third time this year

For the third year running, Irish learners from around the world will be gathering in Dublin at the beginning of July to attend Tionól Gaeilge UCD, a five-day crash course in Irish language and culture. This exciting summer school offers a range of events, including language classes at five levels (beginners to advanced), workshops and lectures on Irish culture, and social events each evening – the perfect chance to immerse yourself in a tradition that is both ancient and alive and kicking.

Tionól Gaeilge UCD will take place from Monday, 1 July to lunchtime on Friday, 5 July, on UCD’s Belfield campus in Dublin 4.

This summer school, which Bord na Gaeilge UCD has been running in conjunction with Gaelchultúr since 2017, will see many learners returning for the third time in a row this year. The feedback from participants has been extremely positive and they have mentioned in particular the friendliness of the staff, the quality of the classes and the wide range of topics covered, from folklore to technological aids for Irish language learners.

The Tionól is designed to be accessible to anyone who is interested in Irish culture, whether they live in Ireland or outside the country, and it typically attracts around 60 participants. Learners come from all sorts of backgrounds and age groups - there are no entry requirements except a desire to learn!

UCD’s Irish Language Officer and the Tionól’s project manager, Clár Ní Bhuachalla, says the summer school has been a great success to date and she hopes it will prove popular again this year.

“We love making the Tionól participants feel welcome here in UCD,” she says, “and we're very proud to be offering such a diverse and interesting series of talks, aimed at Irish speakers not only from Ireland but from all over the world. Bilingual talks will again be a core part of this year’s school and the paper to be delivered by Professor Regina Uí Chollatáin on the Irish transatlantic revival seem particularly appropriate, bearing in mind the number of participants we attract from abroad.

“The bilingual approach we use works extremely well - it ensures that no student is left behind, as they get to experience all of the events in their choice of language.

“We take great pride in sharing our culture in this way, in a friendly setting where everyone is made welcome. There’s no doubt that participants leave totally inspired to continue their Irish studies.”

Here are the two options available to those wishing to attend the Tionól:

Option 1 - All Tionól activities, without accommodation: €265 (€215 student rate)

Option 2 - All Tionól activities, and bed and breakfast accommodation (five nights): €620 (€470 student rate).
Accommodation will be provided on the UCD campus, from Sunday to Friday.

As only a limited number of rooms is available, those who wish to stay on the Belfield campus during the summer school are advised to book their accommodation.

To book a place on the Tionól, the entire fee must be paid in advance. Payment can be made online at or by sending a cheque (payable to ‘Bord na Gaeilge’) to:

Bord na Gaeilge, Room L508, Library Building, UCD, Belfield, Dublin 4.

Information about Tionól Gaeilge UCD is available in the summer school brochure – to download it, please click here.

Further information is also available from Clár Ní Bhuachalla at Bord na Gaeilge UCD’s International Programme in the university. She can be contacted by calling (01) 716 7387 or by writing to

Feedback from Tionól participants

This course has meant a lot to me personally as I’ve been meaning to ‘tackle’ Irish for years. All of the classes have been excellent and pitched at the correct level. Our tutor made the class fun and we had a daily ‘lashing’ of intense but informative lectures. The accommodation was very clean and near to all the facilities. An excellent course which we all hope will be repeated next year.
K Murphy

Bhí caighdeán ard san Ardrang agus bhí múinteoir den scoth againn … Bhí na léachtaí an-suimiúil ar fad agus thaitin na himeachtaí oíche liom freisin, go háirithe an cheardlann leis an bpíobaire. Bheadh suim agam teacht thar n-ais an bhliain seo chugainn.
C Hegarty