The Irish College is about 40 miles West of Galway City and is beside a calm inlet of Galway Bay. It was first established in 1960 and each year since has run very successful Irish courses.
We have 2 centres for our courses. In Cill Chiaráin we make use of the Community Centre and its many facilities which include spacious classrooms, sports facilities and nearby Astro pitch. In Carna we make use of Pobalscoil Charna and all of its fantastic facilities, as well as the local GAA pitch.
Every effort is made to ensure that our students have a positive and active learning experience where they are fully immersed in the Irish language, through our experienced teachers and Cinnirí along with the key role of the Bean an Tí who enriches the whole experience.
We use a very clear system of rules in terms of the use of Gaeilge which supports the students and gives them an opportunity to improve and make progress throughout the course.
This rule is applied fairly to all students. It is there to ensure that Gaeilge is the language of the Coláiste 24 hours a day. Any student who makes an effort will never be in trouble. A word or two in a sentence does not break the rule once a student is making a fair effort. The staff of the Coláiste appreciates that students attend our courses, not because they are fully fluent in the language, but rather because they wish to improve their command of an Ghaeilge. The Coláiste strives to create an enjoyable, fun-filled atmosphere with Gaeilge as the means of communication.
A decision to ask a student to leave the Coláiste is never taken lightly and not before the student’s point of view has been heard and the student has had the opportunity to speak to a parent or guardian. If a student is asked to leave the course the onus is on the parents to collect the student within a reasonable timeframe.
Riail na Gaeilge
As parents are spending a lot of money to give their child an opportunity to improve their Gaeilge, Riail na Gaeilge is taken very seriously.
The first time a student is caught speaking English [phrase / sentence] while making no effort to speak as Gaeilge the student’s name is recorded and the student will be cautioned by the principal.
A second offence will result in the student making a phone call to parent or named adult and being advised of the consequences if this should happen again. This is taken seriously but it is not the end of the world. The student must realise that they need to make a greater effort.
A third offence will result in the Coláiste making contact with the parents / guardians of the student and asking them to make arrangements to collect the student.