Learning Irish is fun at Coláiste UISCE

Our Traditional Gaeltacht course is available on all of the summer courses that we have available. This Traditional option allows you to enjoy the Coláiste UISCE ethos of a strong focus on the development of conversational Irish, which we have intertwined with water sport activities, this builds confidence and leadership skills along with developing a vast vocabulary of Irish. Coláiste UISCE is the only Irish College to hold accreditation from the Irish Sailing Association and the Irish Surfing Association. This approval is your guarantee that your child receives the highest standards in relation to safety and Instructor / Pupil ratios 1:6, Buoyancy Aids, water sports equipment and qualified instructors. 24hr supervision is provided for all our students by a dedicated team of night supervisors, teachers, prefects and Bean an Tís to ensure your child gets the highest standard of care.

The aim of our Irish Courses is to get you talking as Gaeilge


Students are placed into their Irish classes on the night of arrival. We cater for all levels from basic to advanced Irish on these courses, open to all ages attending secondary school. We aim to keep class numbers as low as possible to ensure our teachers can dedicate their time to the specific needs of the class. We cater for all levels from basic to advanced Irish. Each Irish class is then sub divided into groups for water sports. This ensures the needs of each individual are met. Individual attention and tuition on the water is an integral part of the course.

Tailored Courses

Exam Focused/ Intensive

Our Diansraith course focuses on the Aural, Oral and State Exams, this intensive course is the perfect preparation for anyone sitting their state exams the following year. Parents are issued with feedback reports.


Coláiste Accommodation

Our Coláiste accommodation comprises of 4 & 5 bed en-suite rooms. All students are fully supervised at night with the Course Principal staying on-site for the duration of the course.

Bean An Tí

All our Bean an Tí accommodation is inspected and approved by An Roinn Gnóthaí Pobail, Tuaithe agus Gaeltachta. Transport is provided to and from the centre each day.


Fáilte & registration will be held between 4:30pm and 6:00pm. Please note accommodation & registration is not available prior to 4:30pm. Dinner will be provided on the evening of arrival at 7:00pm.

Travelling from the East
Students travelling from the East can meet Coláíste USICE coaches in B&Q carpark at Liffey Valley. Students must register at 11.00am sharp with the teacher. Travel information can be booked via your on line account using your email as your username.

Travelling from the South
Students travelling from the South are advised to travel by Bus Eireann to Galway on the following expressway buses. If travelling from Cork, take the Cork/Galway expressway departing at 9:25am. If travelling from Limerick, take the Limerick/Galway expressway departing at 11 :25am and arriving in Galway at 1.45pm, where students will be met by an UISCE representative.

Students wishing to get Coláiste UISCE bus from Galway should meet at hotel Meyrick at 2pm for a 2:15 departure.

If travelling to Galway by car, please use either Euro Car parks, Forster Street OR Q-Park Eyre Square car park.

Travelling from the North/North-West
Students using private transport should arrive at Coláiste UISCE between 4:30pm and 6:00pm.

Students who wish to avail of a bus service from Ballina should contact the office for further details.

In order to avoid confusion on the day of arrival, please book your proposed method of transport to and from Coláiste UISCE at least two weeks prior to the course start date.
(We recommend that students using public transport confirm bus times at their local station so as to ensure the times have not been altered).


Coláiste UISCE coaches will arrive in Galway bus station for 12:30pm to meet the 1 :05pm Bus Eireann bus heading south, arriving in Limerick at 3:20pm and Cork at 5:25pm. Students that are getting private transport from Galway can meet at hotel Meyrick at 12.30pm.

Students travelling to Dublin will depart at 10:30am and arrive at the B&Q carpark at Liffey Valley between 3.30 – 4.30.

Students using private transport should arrange for a 11 :00am sharp departure time from the Coláiste.

Please contact the office on 097-82111 if you plan to use public transport for more information.


  • Students must have completed 1st year in post primary education.
  • In the interest of your child we must be informed of any health or educational needs before acceptance of your application.
  • Students are expected to adhere to a code of conduct for the duration of the Gaeltacht course.
  • Caithfidh gach duine iarracht a dhéanamh Gaeilge a labhairt i gconaí. Students must make a determined effort to speak Irish and follow Coláiste UISCE rules at all times.

Each year I came home bursting with self confidence, amazing memories, heaps of new friends and of course a WHOLE new outlook grasp on the Irish language.

Aaron Kelly