Newsletter #48: April 2020

Excellent employment opportunities available to those with a high standard of Irish

The Postgraduate Diploma in Translation, Coláiste na hÉireann/Gaelchultúr’s extremely popular postgraduate course, is being offered by the institute for the eighth time from September. And the College's Director of Education, Éamonn Ó Dónaill, says it is very worthwhile for those who wish to pursue a career in the Irish language sector to undertake such a course.

“Excellent employment opportunities continue to be available to those with a high standard of Irish and a course focusing on grammatical accuracy and written skills is definitely worth pursuing.

“In February, for example, the European Commission announced a new competition to employ Irish language translators in Ireland (in Grange in County Meath) and Brussels. This is the first time, to my knowledge, that a European Union (EU) institution is employing translators outside Brussels or Luxembourg and it is, therefore, a historic development.

“We in Coláiste na hÉireann/Gaelchultúr are delighted that some of our students have secured employment in EU institutions and it shows that the investment made by the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht in various postgraduate courses in the past few years, including our own, is bearing fruit.

“There are other opportunities available in the Irish language sector these days as well but a high standard of Irish is required for many of the jobs that are emerging – and a reasonable standard of Irish is not enough in those cases.”

The Postgraduate Diploma in Translation is at Level 9 of the National Framework of Qualifications and lasts for a total of three semesters. It is aimed at those who already have a good command of Irish but who would like to learn translation skills or improve their skills in that area. As well as those interested in becoming a translator, administrator or lawyer-linguist in an EU institution, the course is also suitable for those who work through Irish on a daily basis – teachers and journalists, for example – who wish to improve their writing skills in Irish.

The course lectures and tutorials take place one Saturday a month in Coláiste na hÉireann/Gaelchultúr’s education centre in Dublin city centre. Much of the course content is available on the College’s e-learning site,, so the programme is open to people from all over the country and even to those living abroad. To date, students based in Tory, Kerry, Conamara, Gaoth Dobhair, Belfast, Brussels, Paris and The Hague have achieved the qualification.

This year, once again, one of the students who secures a place on the course will be awarded a scholarship (that is, the course without the fees). Those interested in applying for the scholarship are asked to complete the appropriate form and submit it with the course application form. The scholarship form is available here and the course application form is part of the brochure, which you can download by clicking here .

Application Form for the Scholarship

An information session on the Postgraduate Diploma in Translation will take place in Coláiste na hÉireann/Gaelchultúr, 11 Clare Street, Dublin 2 at the following times and dates:

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

Those wishing to attend one of the above information sessions do not need to book in advance.

Further information on the Diploma can also be found at , or by callng (01) 484 5220 or writing to . There are two application deadlines for the 2020 course: Thursday, 25 June, or Friday, 21 August.