Newsletter #48: April 2020

Intensive Preparatory Course in Written Irish available completely online this summer

Do you have a good level of Irish but find that you’re still sometimes unsure about certain grammar rules? Or perhaps you’re interested in working through Irish but don’t think your written language skills are at the requisite level yet? Whatever your motivation, Gaelchultúr has just the right course for you and, for the first time ever, you can complete that course from the comfort of your own home!

The Intensive Preparatory Course in Written Irish will begin on Friday, 13 May, and continue until mid-August. The participants will complete most of the coursework on Gaelchultúr’s e-learning website,, but online classes will also be organised on four different weekends. In addition to this, participants will have access to interactive online exercises and videos containing a comprehensive overview of the work undertaken in class, so those who miss an online session will not be at a disadvantage.

Gaelchultúr has run the Intensive Preparatory Course in Written Irish (Dianchúrsa Ullmhúcháin i gCruinneas na Gaeilge) over thirty times since 2010 and almost 700 people have undertaken it in that time. Most of the participants have been based in Ireland but, due to the fact that the course material is available online, students in Australia, England, France, Switzerland and the United States have also completed the programme.

“We have always happy to facilitate those living abroad who wanted to take the course,” says Éamonn Ó Dónaill, Gaelchultúr’s Director of Education, “but it was a disadvantage that they did not have the opportunity to attend the classroom sessions. Now, we have this new model of course delivery that gives participants the opportunity to attend the online classes, speak to the teacher and ask him questions, and participate in pair and group work activities. It’s great that students from all over the world will be able to take the course and not be at any disadvantage.

“Last year, we gave an insight into the opportunities available in the Irish-language sector with the Deiseanna Duitse series. We interviewed various experts and employers, discussed the job opportunities with them and asked them for advice and tips. We recommend the Intensive Course to those who are intending to seek out one of these employment opportunities as it’s essential to focus on language accuracy first. That’s extremely important if you want to work in the sector.” (If missed the Deiseanna Duitse series, you can watch the complete series on Gaelchultúr’s Facebook page or YouTube channel.)

The Intensive Preparatory Course in Written Irish is a part-time programme and is aimed at those working through the medium of Irish on a daily basis – teachers, journalists, civil servants and translators, for example – who wish to improve their written skills and add to their knowledge of grammar. It is also suitable for those who wish to apply for a postgraduate course in Irish but who feel that they don’t yet have the required standard in the language. The course fee is €450.

The course is suitable for those who achieve a score of at least 80% in Gaelchultúr’s Online Irish Test. To take this test now, please click here.

There will be an optional two-hour grammar and translation exam at the end of the course. This will take place on 22 August 2020 but won’t be compulsory. Participants will have the option to complete the exam (i) online or (ii) in Gaelchultúr’s education centre on Clare Street, Dublin 2. Those who choose the second option will be able to use the exam to gain entry to the Dioplóma Iarchéime san Aistriúchán (Postgraduate Diploma in Translation), which is being offered by Coláiste na hÉireann/Gaelchultúr again this year. For information on that course, please click here.

To register online for the Intensive Preparatory Course in Written Irish, please go to For further information about the course, please call (01) 484 5220 or email

To download the course brochure, please click here.

Course brochure