Irish language summer courses for adult learners in the Donegal Gaeltacht
Where are these places? While all the courses listed below take place in the Gaeltacht, the strongest Gaelic-speaking localities are Gortahork and Gweedore, neighbouring coastal districts in the north-west corner of Donegal; and Loughanure, about 10 miles to the south. Aranmore Island is about 10 miles to the west of Loughanure. Downings is on the north coast, about 30 miles to the east of Gortahork. Glencolumbkille is on the coast in the south-west corner of Donegal, and Glenfinn is in the mountains in the centre of the county. Scenery in all cases is top-class.
What is taught and by whom? The location of a course in a Gaeltacht is not always a guarantee that the regional form of Irish will be taught, or that your teachers will be local people rather than fellow holiday-makers. If your aim in learning is to converse comfortably with the local people, you should check before booking whether you'll be taught Ulster Irish or school Irish (generally called "Standard Irish"). For example, how will you be taught to say "I see" — Ulster Irish is "chee-am", school Irish is "feck-am".
Who goes to these courses? Oideas Gael has an element of international clientele, whereas the other courses are patronised mainly by learners from within Ireland.
The information below is taken from literature produced by the course organisers, and its current applicability should be checked before booking.
Language courses in 2018:
30 July–4 August 2018
All standards catered for.
Máire Nic Oscair,
26 Magheralane Road,
Guthán: +44 28 9447 2922
Language courses in 2017:
1-week courses throughout July and August 2017 — see webpage
Other types of course available. International reputation.
Gleann Cholm Cille
Contae Dhún na nGall
Guthán: +353 7497 30248
Facs: +353 7497 30348
Language courses in 2017:
2 July 2017–8 July 2017
30 July 2017–5 August 2017
35 Sráid an Dáma
Baile Átha Cliath 2
Guthán: +353 1 6751200
Facs: +353 1 6704180
No course information on website since 2004, when dates were:
12–17 Iúil 2004
19–24 Iúil 2004
26–31 Iúil 2004
02–07 Lúnasa 2004
Three levels of conversational Ulster Irish. Up to four weeks.
Srath na Corcra
Na Doirí Beaga
Co Dhún na nGall, Éire
Guthán: +353 74 95 32188
Facs: +353 74 95 32189
No adult course information on website since 2005, when dates were:
Language (six levels):
15–20 August 2005
8–12 August 2005
Website is difficult to contact and no longer carries any Gaelic language content.
Currently, Gaelic language courses on Árainn Mhór seem to be for under-18s only, see here
No course information since 2009, when dates were 11–18 July 2009 and 19–26 July 2009. Website no longer available.
Oriented towards families and adults.
Three levels of spoken Ulster Irish.
Other types of course available.
Gort a' Choirce
Condae Dhún na nGall
Guthán: +353 74 91 65822
Ríomhphost: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
No course information since 2002, when dates were 7–12 April 2002, 6–11 October 2002. Website no longer available.
Two levels of spoken Ulster Irish, local teachers. Other types of course available.
Ionad Cultúir Gaeltachta Dhún na nGall
Loch an Iubhair
Co Dhún na nGall
Guthán/Facs: +353 75 48081
No information since 2002, when dates were 21–28 July 2002.
Emphasis on catering for the family.
Cumann an Phiarsaigh
Guthán: +353 47 84315