Ireland’s longest established Irish language courses organiser, Coláiste na bhFiann was founded 48 years ago with one purpose in mind – to teach young people to speak Irish in a welcoming environment that encourages a positive attitude towards the language.
Building on the basics of Irish learned within the traditional schools’ structure, Coláiste na bhFiann has developed a formula that has successfully helped generations of young people to enjoy improving their Irish language skills.
It involves a process of total immersion, with formal lessons interspersed with more informal activities such as music, sports and arts & crafts, all conducted through the medium of Irish.
Experienced staff (most of whom are past pupils), tried and tested teaching methods and personal attention through a low pupil to teacher ratio are among the factors that have contributed to this success, and that allow Coláiste na bhFiann to guarantee fluency after three weeks, regardless of previous ability.
Coláiste na bhFiann organises a series of courses at 5 different centres – 3 week and 2 week residential courses based in boarding colleges and Gaeltacht areas between June and August each year.
A unique feature is the opportunity to speak Irish on a regular basis after each course through membership of Cumann na bhFiann, the largest nationwide youth service through Irish. Running weekly youthclubs and events all year round.