Because its inaugural summer school last year was such a success, Bord na Gaeilge UCD has decided to run Tionól Gaeilge again this year. This school, which will be organised by the Bord in conjunction with Gaelchultúr, will take place on the Belfield campus at the beginning of July and it will feature a mixture of language classes, lectures and social events.
“Last year’s Tionól was a great success,” says project manager Clár Ní Bhuachalla of Bord na Gaeilge UCD. “We aimed to attract 50 people to the event but there were around 70 participants in the end. The feedback we received was incredibly positive – the mixture of classes at different levels, lectures on a range of topics and cultural events in the evenings appealed to the participants and many of them said that they intended to attend the Tionól this year again.”
Tionól Gaeilge UCD is aimed at adults in Ireland and abroad who are interested in the Irish language and in Irish culture. It will also suit students, both in Ireland and abroad, who are studying Irish as a subject or undertaking an Irish Studies degree.
During the Tionól, language classes will be held each day, Monday to Friday, from 9.30am until 1.00pm. These classes will be offered at five levels to ensure that it will cater for all levels of competency, from those who are fluent in Irish to those who are total beginners. The emphasis in the classes will be on developing the participants’ spoken language skills.
Lectures will take place in the afternoon, Monday to Thursday, in which the focus will be on various aspects of the Irish language and culture – lexicology, for example, literature and Irish language autobiographies. Lecturers will include Regina Uí Chollatáin, Alan Titley, Máirín Nic Eoin and former Coimisinéir Teanga Seán Ó Cuirreáin. School participants can choose to attend an Irish language version or an English language version of each lecture; the speaker will deliver the talk in one language and then, after a short break, he/she will give the same talk in the other language. Cultural events will be held each evening as well.
As some of the Tionól participants will be staying an extra night this year again, an extra event is being run on Friday evening, i.e. a guided tour of the Irish Folklore Collection. Those who attended this event last year said that they enjoyed it immensely.
Here are the options available as regards accommodation:
Option 1 - All Tionól activities, without accommodation: €250 (€200 student rate)
Option 2 - All Tionól activities, and bed and breakfast accommodation (five nights): €600 (€450 student rate).
Accommodation will be provided on the UCD campus, from Sunday to Friday.
As only a limited number of rooms is available, those who wish to stay on the Belfield campus during the summer school are advised to book their accommodation.
To book a place on the Tionól, the entire fee must be paid in advance. Payment can be made online at www.ucd.ie/bnag/ga/cursaiseirbhisi/tionolgaeilgeucd/ or by sending a cheque (payable to ‘Bord na Gaeilge’) to:
Bord na Gaeilge, Room L508, Library Building, UCD, Belfield, Dublin 4.
The Tionól UCD programme and other details are available in the summer school brochure – to download it, please click here.
Further information is also available from Clár Ní Bhuachalla and from Ashling Hartveld at Bord na Gaeilge UCD’s International Programme in the university. They can be contacted by calling (01) 716 7387 or by writing to firstname.lastname@example.org.