IRISH for Primary Teachers:
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1,300.00 Enrol

Wednesdays 7pm – 9.30pm (1 Academic Year) Sandyford Road, Dundrum, D16 – Starts 6th September 2017

Thursday 6.30pm – 9 pm (1 Academic Year) South Great George’s Street, D2 – Starts 7th September 2017

Classroom sessions start in September – join anytime online and get access to previous class recordings

Academic Fee €1,400 (€1,300 if paid upfront)

Designed for those who wish to gain entry to Teacher Training College and require a C3 or above in Honours Irish in the Leaving Certificate. The course is offered weekly in the evenings throughout the school year and covers the prescribed Leaving Certificate course, in full, in one year. A C3 is required for entry to Primary Teacher Training in St. Patrick’s, Drumcondra, Coláiste Mhuire (Marino Institute of Education), Griffith Avenue, Froebel College of Education, Maynooth, Mary Immaculate College, Limerick, Church of Ireland College of Education, Rathmines, and Hibernia College, Dublin (online)

The majority of those who register for this programme are mature students who have already completed the Leaving Certificate. Maitiú Ó Faoláin and Darren Breathnach, our expert Irish language teachers, are experienced in teaching classes of mature students and all segments of the examination are covered with graded assessments. All students have the opportunity to take a mock oral exam in the Spring to complete their preparation.


“Thank you to all at Ashfield for the terrific year I had with you re-sitting my Irish Leaving Certificate. Particularly, to Matt O’Faolain for his excellent Irish course. He is a fantastic teacher and I’m delighted to have received my honour today. I will certainly continue to recommend your college to everyone I know.”

 Kate McPartlan, Ashfield College Class of 2013-14


Teacher Profiles


Maitiú Ó Faoláin, BA (Honours) UCD, PGCE

With eleven years teaching experience, including being a senior member of the teaching staff in Coláiste Árainn Mhóir Donegal, Matt is a dynamic and talented teacher who makes every effort to make Irish accessible for all of his students. He is currently pursuing a Postgraduate Diploma in Educational Leadership in NUIM. Matt has vast experience of teaching the Irish for Primary Teaching course.  He boasts a 90 percent success rate to date, with most students surpassing the C3 minimum requirement.


Dublin 2

Darran Breathnach,  B.A (Honours) NUIM, Ard-dioplóma san oideachas NUIG 

Darran is a secondary school teacher of Irish and Geography for the past 10 years. He has a great passion for his two subjects and spends much of the summer in the Gaeltacht. Darran puts a massive emphasis on the spoken language and firmly believes that this improves all aspects of the language. He has done much work with the PDST (Professional Development Service for Teachers) to encourage the use of technology in language learning.  He takes great pride in giving students a ‘grá’ for the language and engaging them. He is very much aware of the challenges students face when learning the language but is confident in his ability to equip students with the tools and confidence they need to excel in the language.

To enrol now, call (01) 490 40 50 or book online