Irish Course for Primary School Teaching – Enrolling now for LC 2021

Our exceptionally popular Irish Course for Primary School Teaching enables students to achieve the required minimum H4 grade (60-69%) in Leaving Certificate Higher Level Irish required for entry to Primary Teacher training.

Available in Dundrum, Dublin City Centre, D2 or Online.

We are now accepting bookings for Leaving Certificate 2021 classes which are set to commence in September 2020.

About The Irish For Primary Teaching Course

This intensive part-time Irish Course for Primary School Teaching is aimed at mature students and offers the choice of enrolling in weekly classes in Dundrum or in Dublin City Centre.  All enrolled students benefit from access to recorded classes to assist with revision throughout the academic year.  Our top teachers ensure that students are well prepared to sit the Leaving Certificate exam in June. The course covers the prescribed Leaving Certificate course, in full, in one year.

Our Teachers

Teachers Maitiú Ó Faoláin and Darran Breathnach, are committed to the success of those participating in this programme and always go the extra mile to ensure that students have the best chance of reaching their potential.

Maitiú and Darran are experienced in teaching classes of mature students and all segments of the examination are covered with graded assessments.  All students have the opportunity to take a mock oral exam in the Spring to complete their preparation before sitting the Leaving Certificate Irish examination in June 2020.

Demand for our Irish Course for Primary School Teaching classes are extremely high so book your place now to avoid disappointment.

Teacher Profiles

Irish Course for Primary School Teaching Maitiú Ó Faoláin

Maitiú Ó Faoláin

BA (Honours) UCD, PGCE
Course in Dundrum

With eleven years teaching experience, including being a senior member of the teaching staff in Coláiste Árainn Mhóir Donegal, Matt is a dynamic and talented teacher who makes every effort to make Irish accessible for all of his students. He is currently pursuing a Postgraduate Diploma in Educational Leadership in NUIM. Matt has vast experience of teaching the Irish Course for Primary School Teaching. He boasts a 90 percent success rate to date, with most students surpassing the H4 minimum requirement.

Darran Breathnach 

B.A (Honours) NUIM, Ard-dioplóma san oideachas NUIG
Course in Dublin 2

Darran is a secondary school teacher of Irish  for the past 10 years. He has a great passion for his subject and spends much of the summer in the Gaeltacht. Darran puts a massive emphasis on the spoken language and firmly believes that this improves all aspects of the language. He has done much work with the PDST (Professional Development Service for Teachers) to encourage the use of technology in language learning. He takes great pride in giving students a ‘grá’ for the language and engaging them. He is very much aware of the challenges students face when learning the language but is confident in his ability to equip students with the tools and confidence they need to excel in the language.

Academic Requirements for Initial Teacher Education (Primary Teaching)

A grade of H4 in Higher Level Irish is required for entry to Primary Teacher training in St. Patrick’s, Drumcondra, Coláiste Mhuire (Marino Institute of Education), Griffith Avenue, Froebel College of Education, Maynooth, Mary Immaculate College, Limerick, Church of Ireland College of Education, Rathmines, and Hibernia College, Dublin (online).

Please note that it is also necessary to have a minimum grade of O4 or H7 in both English & Mathematics.  Ashfield College will offer half-price grinds in English (H) and Maths (H & O) to all IFPT students.

The Department of Education and Skills outlines full details of educational requirements for Initial Teacher Education (ITE) Primary here.

Irish From Primary Teaching

Our Irish Course for Primary School Teaching Success Rate

Our success rate for getting you through this exam stands at 90% and growing.

  • We have excellent teachers, who know exactly how to get you through this exam.
  • Our classes are also streamed  online (great for revision).
  • We keep our class numbers small.

Thank you to all at Ashfield for the terrific year I had with you on the Irish Course for Primary School Teaching. Particularly, to Matt O’Faolain- such a fantastic teacher. I received  my honour today! I will certainly continue to recommend your college to everyone I know.

Kate McPartlan

Irish Course for Primary School Teaching Fees

€1,300 in full

Pay in full before course commencement

or €150 Deposit

Pay in instalments (€1400 in total)

Fees include Online Classes

If you can’t make a class, or would like to watch it over, all our classes are streamed live and recorded for watching anytime you wish.

Join Anytime

Missed the September Start? No problem, enrol now, and catch up with the classes you missed online.

Join Anytime – Timetable – Irish Course For Primary School Teaching 2020-21

Tuesday   7.00pm – 9.30pm (1 Academic Year)    Ashfield College, Sandyford Road, Dundrum, D16  –  Starts 8th September 2020*

 Thursday   6.30pm – 9.00 pm (1 Academic Year)      South Great George’s Street, D2     –  Starts 10th September 2020*

To enrol now:
call (01) 490 40 50


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