Newsletter #48: April 2020

UCD's Tionól Gaeilge summer school to take place online

Rather than cancelling Tionól Gaeilge UCD due to current restrictions, the Irish-language summer school’s organisers, Gaeltacht UCD/UCD Global Centre for Irish Language & Culture (previously known as Bord na Gaeilge), have decided to make a shorter version available online, between 29 June and 1 July. The theme of this year's Tionól is “Irish in a Global Context”.

During the Tionól, participants will have the opportunity to undertake live Irish classes online and listen to a range of interesting speakers talk about various topics related to this year's theme. The fee will be €120. To reserve a place, please click here.

Participants at Tionól Gaeilge UCD, 2019

The guest speakers will include Professor Kevin Scannell from Saint Louis University and James Kelly from the Ireland Canada University Foundation.

The Tionól is run by Gaeltacht UCD in conjunction with Gaelchultúr and it has been a great success since it began in 2017. As well as Irish people, Irish language learners from many different countries, including Canada, the United States and South Africa, have attended the summer school.

“We’re disappointed of course that we can’t run the Tionól in UCD itself as we’ve done for the past three years,” says Gaeltacht UCD Director Clár Ní Bhuachalla, “but we’re excited to try the this new model and give the worldwide Irish language community a chance to practise the language and listen to excellent Irish speakers.

“Eighty people attended last year’s Tionól and I hope many of them will be interested in joining us online this year. It’s disappointing for them and for us to not be able to gather together in the university as we did previously, but at least we’ll have the opportunity to be a virtual international community for a few days.”

Tionól Gaeilge UCD is aimed at adults in Ireland and abroad who have an interest in the Irish language and in Irish culture. It’s particularly suitable for students who’re studying the language or undertaking an Irish Studies course, in Ireland or in another country.

During this year’s Tionól, participants will attend language classes from 4.00pm to 6.00pm, Monday to Wednesday. These classes will be offered at five levels to ensure that those with a good standard of Irish are catered for, as well as those who have only a little knowledge of the language.

The sessions on the Irish language in a global context will take place between 7.00pm and 9.00pm and Tionól participants will be able to attend either an Irish language or English version of each session; the discussion will take place in one language first, then, after a short break, in the other. These sessions will be available exclusively to Tionól participants and they will have an opportunity to ask the guest speakers questions during each session.

For more information about Tionól Gaeilge UCD, please click here.

Further information is also available from Gaeltacht UCD Director Clár Ní Bhuachalla – she can be contacted 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