As different learning methods suit different people at varying degrees, some prefer to have a physical teacher if they want to learn or improve their knowledge in a particular language. A study was conducted by Learning House Inc about physical learning and online learning where 85% of students who had previously enrolled in both face-to-face and online courses felt their online experience was either better than or the same as the classroom course. Among this 85%, 37% of the student participants said that online was better.
However, because of the lockdown restrictions and the fact that most people had no choice but to join the move from physical learning to online learning, most people are now sick of doing everything through a computer screen and just want to learn physically, which is why schools and education are prioritised in the easing down of lockdown restrictions. You could be amongst the percentage of people that would rather opt for physical learning than virtual learning. Therefore, this article will direct you to the physical locations around Ireland where you can avail of Irish lessons or ‘grinds’ as it is referred to.
Notably, there are many Irish physical grinds opportunities so this article will list some grinds centres available if you want to pick up Irish as a language to learn or for examination purposes, like the Junior and Leaving Cert exams. If you are struggling in the Junior and Leaving Cert exams, there is no shame in seeking out that extra help and going to a grinds centre, which will enable you to improve your grade and get as many points as possible for the Leaving Cert. Firstly, if you are looking to learn Irish academically or even recreationally, you should read the guide to learning Irish.
In fact, getting help through grinds is actually common as it was reported by an Economic and Social Research Institute study that almost 50% of Leaving Cert pupils take grinds. In that study, Irish was even the third most popular subject to take grinds in which is no surprise given that some students find it hard to hold a conversation in Irish even after studying it in primary school. A close link between Junior and Leaving Cert results was even found which is why students seek grinds for Junior Cert even though it does not use CAO points. Personally, I also found a link between my Junior Cert and Leaving Cert results.
Before I mention a few physical grinds locations, if you prefer learning online given its convenience, Superprof provides other articles for free that you can read to find online resources for Irish and their prices, as well as several guides for the Leaving Cert for Irish, to give students an idea of what they should know before sitting the Leaving Cert and what to expect to learn.
Where to Locate an Irish Lessons in Leinster?
People’s College for Continuing Education and Training hosts conversational Irish courses costing €95 for twelve classes. An example is the passing one which lasted 24 weeks, being divided into twelve weeks each for the two terms. This is a great opportunity for people who are interested in learning Irish or even have some curiosity on how to speak the language. The course is geared towards these people who want to increase their knowledge and vocabulary. This is located in Dublin City Centre.
Hartstown Community School also hosts such classes separating beginners and improvers which is €100 for 10 weeks in Clonsilla, Dublin. They also host Leaving Cert Irish oral classes. The Academy of Grinds in the Dublin City University campus, Glasnevin, Dublin and Donabate Portrane Leisure Centre offers Junior and Leaving Cert Irish classes. The Dublin School of Grinds also called the Dublin Academy of Education does grinds in Stillorgan, Blackrock, County Dublin.
Moving on from the capital city, there are plenty of other places in Leinster where students can find Irish grinds opportunities. The Navan Grinds Academy in Navan, County Meath provides Junior and Leaving Cert students with grinds for Irish through their experienced Irish teachers, good notes and small class sizes. They even run intensive grinds days where they run through various aspects of the syllabus for students to get the most out of their grinds.
The Carlow Academy in Carlow town provides Irish grinds services in the form of mock orals and oral preparatory courses, Easter revision courses, summer courses, camps, and weekly grinds classes. Laois Tutorial in Portlaoise, County Laois teaches Leaving Cert Irish lessons in group classes. They also offer one-day intensive Irish oral preparation courses.
Looking to Learn Irish in Munster?
Kilmartin Educational Services offer Irish grinds in Ennis and Limerick, both being in County Clare. Amongst the grinds services offered, they do pre-exam revision courses and Leaving Cert revision courses with 400 students attending daily. Deane College in Cork runs weekly grinds classes for Irish. Additionally, they have a one-year course for mature students who want to repeat Leaving Cert honours Irish in case they want to pursue primary teaching. This year-long course aims to prepare students for oral, aural and written exams. Through this course, 80-90% of students have achieved a C or higher in the Leaving Cert Irish exam.
Students in Cork also have the option of going to Hewitt College for Irish grinds and also Bruce College where the Irish teachers offer a selection of private grinds for Irish students in the different year groups of secondary school. Castleisland Tuition Centre in Castleisland, County Kerry offers Irish grinds at both Higher and Ordinary level for Junior and Leaving Cert students. As well as focusing on the oral, aural and written portion of the exam, the grinds also focus on grammar, which includes verbs, prepositions, pronouns, adjectives and vocabulary.
The Ballyheigue Family Resource Centre in County Kerry also gives Irish grinds for the Junior and Leaving Cert. Irish grinds and revision courses can be found at Clonmel Tuition Academy in Clonmel, County Tipperary. In Dungarvan, County Waterford, Déise College offers Junior and Leaving Cert Higher Level Irish grinds through its handpicked Irish teachers to suit the needs of students.
How to Study Irish in Connaught?
As the biggest and most populated area in Connaught, there are many Irish teachers available in Galway, such as Galway Grinds Academy in Galway City, Galway Study Centre in Galway City, Irish Galway Grinds in Clarinbridge, County Galway. In fact, the National University of Ireland, Galway (NUIG) has a grinds register whereby many of its students offer to teach and tutor Junior and Leaving Cert Irish. In Sligo, students can avail themselves of Irish grinds teachers in Educandi Grinds School.
Looking up Irish teachers in Ulster?
While a lot of the counties up north in Ulster are not part of the Irish state, there are still Irish teachers that you can do lessons with physically like MCM Grinds School in Cavan which provides Irish grinds. Oideas Gael has a range of Irish courses specially designed to cater for the needs of adults at all learning stages. The Irish teachers are tailored to beginner, intermediate and advanced levels through their Irish language courses and weekend Irish courses which can be found in Gleann Cholm Cille, County Donegal. They even teach fluent Irish speakers who want to enrich their spoken Irish.
Cultúrlann Uí Chanáin is an Irish centre offering Irish lessons in Londonderry, County Derry. An Droichead provides an Irish Language Programme with a range of levels to suit different abilities. They even run weekend courses and a programme for children. They can be located in Belfast.
Gaeilge with Gaeltachts and Superprof
In Ireland, there are a few Gaeltacht areas which means they are Irish-speaking areas. These areas are Mayo, Kerry, Donegal and Galway and some parts of Waterford, Meath and Cork and some of the islands surrounding Ireland. These places are filled with Irish teachers who are fluent and use it in their everyday life, and some of these places make good holiday destinations which is a good way to practice your Irish speaking in between lessons.
However, there are also Gaeltachts which usually come in the form of summer school where students speak Irish and mingle with other students. They can last from around 2 weeks to about a month for primary and secondary school students. They are found in some parts of the country such as Coláiste UISCE in Mayo, Coláiste Naomh Eoin in Dublin 16, and Coláiste Chamuis in Galway. They do various levels of Irish in their Irish courses provided.
You can also learn Irish, or ‘Gaeilge’ as it is called, with Superprof by looking up Irish teachers in Gaeltacht areas if you are thinking of going on holidays to a Gaeltacht area and improving your Irish at the same time. Even if you are not going on holidays there, you can look up Superprof Irish teachers and they will come and teach you Irish in the convenience of your home if you wish so you will not even be required to go anywhere. They also teach virtually and can be found with a quick search. Notably, while there are many Irish teachers all over and in all the provinces, some are temporarily closed because of the pandemic so make sure you check with them before going!
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