Newletter #47: January 2020

Gaelchultúr’s Postgraduate Diploma in Translation: Scholarship and entry process

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

This year again, a scholarship (i.e. the course without the fees) will be awarded to one of the students accepted into the programme.

“The course fee is €4,485,” says Éamonn Ó Dónaill, Coláiste na hÉireann/Gaelchultúr’s Director of Education, “therefore this scholarship will provide a great opportunity for someone who wouldn’t be able to afford the course without such support. The diploma is at level 9 on the National Framework of Qualifications and a qualification at that level is very valuable for someone who is aiming to find an Irish language job or gain promotion.

“During the worst years of the economic crisis, job opportunities in Irish were few and far between. Things are improving now, however, and opportunities are again emerging for those with a high standard of Irish. There will always be jobs and opportunities for Irish speakers who have excellent writing skills.”

Those wishing to apply for the scholarship are asked to fill the appropriate form and to submit it with the course application form. The scholarship form is available here and the course application form is part of the brochure which can be downloaded by clicking here.

For further information about the Dioplóma Iarchéime san Aistriúchán, please ring (01) 484 5220 or write to There are two deadlines again this year for applications: Thursday, 25 June 2020 or Friday, 21 August 2020.

Applicants to the course will also have a choice when it comes to sitting the entrance exam, as it will be available on Saturday 4 July 2020 and Saturday, 29 August 2020.

The Dioplóma Iarchéime san Aistriúchán lasts three semesters and 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.

The 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, and even from abroad, the opportunity to undertake the programme (so far, there have been students from Tory island, the Kerry Gaeltacht, Paris, Brussels and London, for example).

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

12.00–1.00pm, Saturday, 16 May 2020
6.00–7.00pm, Tuesday, 18 August 2020
12.00–1.00pm, Saturday, 22 August 2020

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

The Dioplóma Iarchéime san Aistriúchán course receives funding from the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, under the Advanced Irish Language Skills Initiative.