Newsletter #37: January 2017

Certificate in Professional Irish continues to expand (Gallery)

The number of people taking the Certificate in Professional Irish is growing continuously. Gaelchultúr ran the course at level 4 (NFQ) for the first time in 2012 with only 4 students. Now, the course is available at levels 3, 4, 5 and 6 on the National Framework of Qualifications and is being run in locations all over the island. In 2016 more than 280 public sector employees took these courses.

“We’re delighted with the growth in the Certificate in Professional Irish,” says Éamonn Ó Dónaill, Gaelchultúr’s Director of Education. “We’ve put together a robust and enjoyable course, we’ve hired competent and friendly teachers, we’ve developed valuable resources for use in the classroom and outside it and the results of this combination can be seen in the amount of people who come to learn with us. Of course, none of this would be possible without Foras na Gaeilge’s continuing support in developing these courses.”

To date, staff from more than 50 different organisations have taken the Certificate in Professional Irish. In Autumn 2016 the courses were run in Co. Galway, Co. Mayo, Co. Kildare, Co. Dublin and in different offices in Dublin City. The courses are run on demand, so it’s up to the organisation to contact Gaelchultúr if they would like courses run in their region.

“Many organisations around the country wish to run these courses for their staff, but unfortunately they very often do not have sufficient numbers to run a course themselves. The good news is that we’ve found a solution to this problem, with the help of training officers and Irish Language officers,” explains Diarmuid Ó Mathúna, Gaelchultúr’s Business Development Manager. By running courses in one organisation and inviting employees from other organisations to also attend them, we are able to accommodate staff from every size of organisation, and this approach reduces the cost for all involved. With this new approach we hope to provide the courses in every province this year.”

Here are a selection of photos from some of the presentation ceremonies that have taken place so far:

The TGG will begin again in March in Gaelchultúr and live online, but the course can be run within an organisation at any time. The company is currently carrying out assessments in organisations all over the country.

For more information or to download a digital brochure, please click here.

Contact Diarmuid Ó Mathúna, Gaelchultúr’s Business Development Manager ( or 01 484 5225) at any time for more information or to arrange an assessment for yourself or for a colleague.