Top 10 places to learn the Irish language in Ireland

The Irish language is very unique with lots of history. It is the official language of Ireland and is the first language of many, even to this day, in particular counties such as Kerry, Galway, Cork, Mayo, and Donegal.

Top 10 places to learn the Irish language in Ireland

If you have traveled to Ireland, you will notice that most things are in both languages, such as; road signs, documents, notices, bus schedules etc., so it is worth knowing a bit of the language to really get a feel for the country and its people.

Irish is an Indo-European language and is sometimes referred to as Gaelic, Gaeilge or simply as Irish. Irish has spread to other countries such as Scotland, England and the Isle of Man, where they have created their own version but with very close similarities.

It is a language belonging to a very patriotic nation and that is why, to really become ingrained in Irish culture, we’ve come up with a list of the top then places to learn the Irish language. So. forget picking up a few phrases from the guy sat next to you at the bar and let’s do this the proper way!

10. Clane Community College (Co. Kildare) – learn the Irish language in a friendly environment

This adult education school in Co. Kildare offers ten, two-hour evening sessions to help you get your Irish conversation skills together, in a friendly environment.

More info: HERE

AddressProsperous Rd, Crockaun Commons, Clane, Co. Kildare, W91 PD79, Ireland

9. Hartstown Community School (Co. Dublin) – perfect for beginners

Hartstown is one of the best places to learn the Irish language.
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This school offers an 8-week course to help get beginners on their way to having confident conversations in Irish.

More info: HERE

AddressHartstown Rd, Northside, Dublin 15, D15 X049, Ireland

8: Conradh na Gaeilge (Co. Dublin) – for year-round courses

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A voluntary Irish language organization that offer courses all year round in the capital.

More info: HERE

 AddressSráid Fhearchair Harcourt St, Saint Peter’s, Dublin 2, D02 VH98, Ireland

7. UCD (Dublin) – a warm welcome to international students

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Gaeltacht UCD promotes the Irish language and culture in one of Irelands best universities based in Dublin South. They have various options when it comes to each individual’s needs and they give a warm welcome to international students.

More info: HERE

AddressUniversity College Dublin, Belfield, Dublin 4, Ireland

6. Oidhreacht Chorca Dhuibhne (Co. Kerry) – set on the Dingle peninsula

Oidhreacht Chorca Dhuibhne (Co. Kerry) – set on the Dingle peninsula
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Set on the majestic Dingle peninsula, this language school offer a varied choice of courses from Irish conversation skills, to singing in Irish and even to learning Irish heritage and folklore.

More info: HERE

AddressÁras Bhréanainn, Ballyferriter, Tralee, Co. Kerry, Ireland

5. Gaelchultúr (Ireland) – ­for first class services

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This option is great as it offers courses all over Ireland. Their goal is to offer first class services that will inspire learners and to keep the Irish language alive.

More info: HERE

4. Gael Linn (Dublin) – something to suit everyone

Gael Linn (Dublin) – something to suit everyone
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Offering a range of courses from short to intermediate in Dublin to courses held in the Gaeltacht, Gael Linn prides itself on having something to suit everyone.

More info: HERE

Address35 Dame St, Dublin 2, D02 H797, Ireland

3. Oideas Gael (Co. Donegal) – for a unique learning location

The Gaeltacht areas are the best places to learn the Irish language in Ireland.

Set in the Gaeltacht region of Gleann Cholm Chill, in beautiful Donegal, this Irish language school has a location unlike the rest and what can be better than learning your new skill in such dreamy surroundings.

More info: HERE

AddressCill Áthnaid, Glencolumbkille, Co. Donegal, Ireland

2. NUIG National University of Ireland, Galway (Co. Galway) – learn the tongue in a renowned university

NUIG is one of Ireland's top universities and one of the best places to learn the Irish language.

Not far from the Gaeltacht region, this renowned Irish university holds Irish summer courses which are sure to get you off to a great start whatever level you are at.

More info: HERE

AddressUniversity Rd, Galway, Ireland

1. University of Limerick – the best place to learn the Irish language in Ireland

The University of Limerick is perhaps the best place to learn the Irish language in Ireland.
Irish World Academy of Music and Dance, University of Limerick. Credit: www.ul.ie

For those learners wanting to gain a university qualification, this in-depth course at the University of Limerick offers a part time, two-year diploma.

More info: HERE

AddressPlassey Ave, Sreelane, Limerick, Ireland

No matter where you see yourself as an Irish language learner, there are so many options to choose from. Perhaps you could see yourself immersed in tradition in Ireland’s Gaeltacht region learning Irish folklore or maybe you would like the more modern approach of living in Dublin city centre, attending a part time conversational course whilst practicing with new friends on your days off.

On the grand spectrum, you may want to aim high and plan to go head on into learning a new language, perhaps gaining a university diploma at the end of it all. You may need to head to the west of Ireland for this to happen, but they will be very pleased to welcome you into a conversation.

All of these courses are available to local and international students of all levels so it will be a tough choice, but take your time in choosing the best one for you. Irish is a language that is not easy to grasp, even for the locals who have been learning it since they were school children, so although it may be challenging at times, remember that everyone is in the same boat and all of these organizations are there to support your learning journey. Now has never been a better time to start!  

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Jade Poleon is a free spirit with a love for the world and her homeland, Ireland. Jade started travelling in 2007 and since then has travelled to every continent and over 90 countries, qualified as a yoga teacher in India, hiked the Himalayas, walked 900km across Spain, and is about to embark on a trip through Portugal in her camper van. Travel is her number-one passion, and she has a soft spot for hiking, food, and jaw-dropping scenery, all of which can be found right here on our stunning Emerald Isle.