Newsletter #49 July 2020

Postgraduate Diploma in Translation being offered again this autunm - despite the pandemic

Covid-19 has disrupted all aspects of life, including education, but because of Coláiste na hÉireann/Gaelchultúr’s many years of experience of online teaching, the institute will be able to offer the Dioplóma Iarchéime san Aistriúchán/Postgradaute Diploma in Translation (DISA) again this autumn – despite the restrictions that are in place throughout the country.

The DISA is at Level 9 on the National Framework of Qualifications and lasts for a total of three semesters. It is the most popular course of its kind that is currently being offered in Ireland.

The programme 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. In addition to those interested in gaining a job as a translator, administrator or legal linguist in a European Union institution, the course is also suitable for those who work through Irish on a daily basis – teachers and journalists, for example – who would like to improve their written Irish skills.

Because of Covid-19, a slightly different course delivery model will be used this autumn, as the institute’s Director of Education, Éamonn Ó Dónaill, recently explained to us.

“The course lectures and tutorials usually take place one Saturday a month at Coláiste na hÉireann/Gaelchultúr’s education centre in Dublin city centre but it seems likely that all tuition will be online during semester 1 this year. In the case of the 2019-2020 group, we had to run the final classroom based sessions of semester 2 entirely online and we also had to organise the exams online, but that wasn't too challenging as online teaching has been part of the course from the beginning.

“Since the DISA was first established, people from all over the country have completed the course, as well as Irish people based abroad – in London, for example, Paris, Brussels and The Hague. Much of the course content is available online, making it ideal for those living far from Dublin.

“In recent times, four graduates of Coláiste na hÉireann/Gaelchultúr's Postgraduate Diploma have secured employment in one of the EU institutions and we are extremely pleased about that.”

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

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 that can be downloaded here.

Scholarship application form

An information session on the Postgraduate Diploma in Translation will take place on Gaelchultúr's Facebook page on the following dates:

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

Further information about the Diploma can also be found at, or you can call (01) 484 5220 or write to if you have queries regarding the course. The closing date for applications for the 2020 course is Friday, 21 August.