Oideas Gael students during a class break. Oideas Gael

The ever-increasing interest in Ireland’s language and culture both nationally and internationally, has made Gleann Cholm Cille, Gleann Fhinne and Tory Island, in Donegal, the holiday destinations of choice for adult Irish language learners and cultural holiday enthusiasts.

Over 2017, the varied courses will attract people from over 30 different countries with participants from several different nationalities attending each week.

Courses are ideally suited to individuals who are out of touch with Irish but are keen to brush up on their conversational Gaeilge. Moreover, the courses are attracting growing numbers of absolute beginners from Ireland and North America.

The end of July summer school flagship programme offers up to eight levels of Irish classes each morning and afternoon workshops in set- dancing, sean-nós dancing, Sean-nós singing, tin whistle, bodhrán, hill walking and simple Irish songs.

Sliabh Liag, the tallest sea cliffs in Europe

Sliabh Liag, the tallest sea cliffs in Europe

Other holiday courses on offer over the summer include Hill-walking (including a day-long hike on Sliabh Liag), Archaeology, Marine Painting, Landscape & Environment, Digital photography, Tapestry weaving, Harp, Flute and Bodhrán.

Tory Island

Oideas Gael, this year, will present a course on the Language and cultural riches of Tory Island. The course, limited to thirty participants, will offer an opportunity of interacting with the local community and enjoying a unique and memorable Irish welcome.

According to Language Director, Liam Ó Cuinneagáin, the cosmopolitan mix of participants, will this year be given a boost due to Tourism Ireland s promotion of the ‘Wild Atlantic Way’.

Glencolmcille in County Donegal

Glencolmcille in County Donegal

Níl rogha níos fearr dó do shaoire ná theacht go Dún na nGall ar cheann de chúrsaí saoire Oideas Gael. Tá rogha leathan de chúrsaí dóibh siúd atá líofa i nGaeilge nó atá ar bheagán go fóill. Bíonn éileamh ar leith ar an Scoil Shamhraidh le ranganna ar maidin agus ceardlanna difrúla sa tráthnóna le ceol san oíche. Tá cúrsaí i gcruinneas na Gaeilge chomh maith leo siúd ar mhaith leo a bheith gníomhach i siúlóidí ar Shliabh Liag agus ar an Trá Bhán.

Don chéad uair ariamh, rachaidh an cúrsa ‘Saibhreas na Gaeilge’ chomh fada le hOileán Thoraigh. Níl áit níos speisialta in Éirinn le daoine flaithiúla i maos i nGaeilge shaibhir le traidisiúin atá ag gabhail siar nacianta.

For more information, call +353 74 973 0248 / +353 87 9173106, email [email protected] or visit www.oideasgael.ie