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Coláiste na bhFiann – Irish Summer Colleges


Coláiste na bhFiann is an Irish language organisation for young people that aims to promote the language as a living language. We endeavour to create a supportive environment where young people can use Irish and develop their confidence to speak it. We build on the Irish that children learn at school and complement it by providing a real life Irish language experience where they can put all they have learned into practice. This is achieved through the provision of a wide range of fun activities for young people to participate in alongside friends, old and new.

Our services run year round and include residential summer courses, youth clubs, tours and events through the medium of Irish.

We are delighted to be back with our residential summer courses for summer 2023 having spent the last two years evaluating and reimagining the services we provide.

All students attending courses will attend an information session in the coming months, accompanied by a parent. This is the opportunity for us to partner with you so that your children will benefit from our courses as much as possible.

This year the same rule will apply on all of our courses. Please note the wording of the rule below:

If a student accidentally speaks English, she/he will receive a warning. If such an incident is repeated, parents will be contacted and asked to speak to their child. If she/he speaks English again, we will have no option but to send the student home. However, deliberate speaking of English will not be tolerated and any student found doing so must leave the course without warning and with no fee refund. (These rules are enforced from the time the student arrives on the course.)

Courses for 2023 – All of our courses are three weeks duration

Centre Age group Dates Fees
Ráth Chairn, Meath 12 – 16  04-24/06/2023 €1,100
Gaoth Dobhair, Donegal 12 – 16 04-24/06/2023 €1,100
Ros Muc, Galway 14 – 18 04-24/06/2023 €1,100
  14 – 18 02-22/07/2023 €1,100
Droim Rí, Meath 12 – 16 02-22/07/2023 €1,100



Brief description of our locations and ages

Ros Muc (14 – 18 years old)
This Gaeltacht is located in Connemara, 35 miles from Galway. Students stay in Irish speaking family homes in beautiful surroundings. This course is particularly aimed at those who have already a good competency in the language.




Ráth Chairn (12 – 16 years old)

The Gaeltacht of county Meath is situated in Ráth Chairn, just outside Athboy. In this area, students stay with Irish speaking families in their homes. These families have been providing accommodation for us for many years. The homes are all located close to the college where classes, sports and evening activities take place.




Droim Rí (12 – 16 years old)

This College is situated in our HQ in Ionad Óige na hÉireann, Droim Rí, Co. Meath. This is an all Irish youth centre all year round, and during the summer months, it is the location for a variety of residential courses.




Gaoth Dobhair (12 – 16 years old)

This Course is located in the Gaeltacht of Gaoth Dobhair, Co. Donegal. This is a lovely area which is overlooked by Errigal mountain and also close to many beautiful beaches. Students stay in family homes with a leader in each house and Coláiste na bhFiann are in this area for several years now. The students travel by coach to and from the College centre each day.






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