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COGG Irish Language Course led by Ghaelchultúr

COGG made Irish classes available online last year in collaboration with Gaelchultúr for teachers, for the first time. These classes build on the work that is done during COGGs Intensive Irish Course that is run in August to support teachers who are teaching through the medium of Irish.

We are offering the same classes again this year starting on the dates shown below. Free except a €50 deposit applies*

The Irish language course is a 10 week-long course suitable for post-primary teachers in the Gaelcholáistí and Gaeltacht schools. The goal of the course is to help the participants learn grammatically correct Irish with the necessary vocabulary. The course is run in collaboration with Gaelchultúr and your registration details will be shared with COGG.

*If you attend 8 or more classes, you will receive a €50 refund.

The classes are provided at different levels to support teachers in finding the most suitable level for them. COGG understands very well the crisis that exists in relation to the recruitment of teachers, especially teachers with a high standard in Irish.

The following are the details and the registration link relating to the classes (led by Gaelchultúir) but you can contact the COGG office at [email protected]  at any time if you have any questions.

1. Courses will commence the week starting 2nd October 2023.

2. Ten week course and a two hour class each week is what the course entails.

3. There will be a mid-term break (30/10/23 to 3/11/23).

4. The final week of classes will be held the week starting 4th December 2023.

5. Maximum of 18 participants per level and a minimum of 6 participants.

6. €100 to be paid by teachers but if they attend 8 or more of the classes, a refund of €50 will be repaid to them.  


·         Bunrang 2 (A2) Tuesday 3 October, 7-9pm Online (zoom)

·         Meánrang 1 (B1) Tuesday 3 October, 7-9pm Online (zoom)

·         Meánrang 2 (B2) Wednesday 4 October, 7-9pm Online (zoom)

·         Ardrang 1 (C1) Wednesday 4 October, 7-9pm Online(zoom)


More information about the nature of the classes:

Gaelchultúr has developed high-quality notes, leaflets, syllabus and online resources for adult learners of Irish for the past eighteen years. All courses taught by Gaelchultúr are learner-centred and the communicative approach is always used. Useful and practical language is taught and emphasis is placed on participation and the social aspect of the language. Gaelchultúr is of the opinion that learning Irish should be fun and that the process should be very satisfying. Irish grammar is taught in a very interactive way. There is a strong emphasis on pair and group work, role-playing activities and language games in  classes. The learners are given the opportunity to take a central and active part in each class rather than the teacher doing all the talking. Participants are given a certificate of attendance at the end of the course.

Career Opportunities with Irish


The Pacáiste eolais um Threoir: Deiseanna Gairmeacha le Gaeilge has been officially launched.

Click here to see it.

Here is a vide from the official launch.




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Den chéad uair, beidh seastán ag an gComhairle um Oideachas Gaeltachta agus Gaelscolaíochta ag an Aonach Gairmeacha, Higher Options atá á reáchtáil ag an Irish Times san RDS ón gCéadaoin go dtí an Aoine an tseachtain seo (20-22 Meán Fómhair).  Is ag an gCeathrú Ghaeltachta a bheidh an seastán – rannóg úrnua atá á cur ar siúl ag lucht eagraithe Higher Options chun eolas a scaipeadh ar scoláirí agus ar mhúinteoirí faoi na deiseanna ar fad atá ann do ghairmeacha beatha le Gaeilge.  Roinnfidh COGG seastán le, agus idir an dá sheastán, is féidir eolas a fháil faoi chosáin ghairmeacha éagsúla mar aon le féiríní deasa – acmhainn nua COGG san áireamh – An Pacáiste eolais um Threoir: Deiseanna Gairmeacha le Gaeilge.  

Beidh an Cheathrú Ghaeltachta, atá urraithe ag Foras na Gaeilge, lonnaithe i Halla na dTionscal san RDS agus beidh eagraíochtaí Gaeilge eile i láthair – An Roinn Turasóireachta, Cultúir, Ealaíon, Gaeltachta, Spóirt agus Meán agus Conradh na Gaeilge, mar shampla – agus institiúidí tríú leibhéal a chuireann cúrsaí ar fáil trí Ghaeilge.  Beidh seans ag scoláirí agus múinteoirí freastal ar chainteanna atá dírithe ar ghairmeacha le Gaeilge ó leithéidí Údarás na Gaeltachta, TG4, Oifig an Choimisinéara Teanga nó beidh seans acu cupa tae nó caife a ól sa chaife Gaelach a bheidh oscailte san RDS do na 3 lá! Tá a thuilleadh eolais faoin gCeathrú Ghaeltachta anseo.  

Bígí linn, a scoláirí agus a mhúinteoirí, “ Do ghairm, do theanga, do thodhchaí”

Guidance Information Pack: Career Opportunities with Irish

 COGG is very pleased to be able to send you the Guidance Information Pack: Career Opportunities with Irish.

It was clear to us that there was a need for this type of resource in post-primary schools across the country – a resource that would make both young people and teachers aware of the great opportunities that are available for those that are interested in a career with or through the medium of Irish. Our goal was to provide information on a variety of careers and to provide guidance on how to to take advantage of these great opportunities.

We worked alongside other organisations and the support we received from all of them throughout the project was amazing. We are very proud of the result of the works, and we are sure that students and teachers (guidance counselors, transition year coordinators, Irish teachers, principals and whole school communities) will benefit and enjoy what they have top learn from the information pack.

As we now undertake the next steps in this work, we have set out a plan for the coming school year:

  • The pack is being sent out to all T1 schools at the moment and a digital version is available at COGG | Sonraí Acmhainní (
  • Tomás Ó Síocháin, Príomhfheidhmeannach Údarás na Gaeltachta, will lauch the information pack on the  26 September at the Options West Career Fair, Galway.
  • A continuing professional development meetings will be held for teachers/guidance counselors between November/December 2023
  • For the first time COGG will have a stand at Higher Options in the RDS (An Cheathrú Ghaeltachta) on the 20-22 September and at Options West, Galway on the 26 September.
  • We hope to have a stand at the  IGC (Institute of Guidance Counsellors) annual confernce in March 2024.
  • A billingual version will be developed which will be more aimed at T2 schools.
  • A series of videos will be developed to support the resource.

If you have any questions or would like more information or of course if extra copies are needed please feel free to contact me at: [email protected].

Le gach dea-ghuí,

Aoife Ní Shéaghdha, Oifigeach Oideachais Iar-bhunscoile, COGG

Hacking festival for post-primary students

Gaois, Fiontar and Scoil Na Gaeilge (FSG) will be running a hacking festival this autumn!!

Location: Bialann Theach na Sinsear, All Saints Campus, DCU (Mapa Google & Mapa DCU).

Time: 14:00-17:00, 29 November 2023.

Individual competitors and teams will be welcomed and judged on various different aspects of their work. This event is for university students (undergraduate and postgraduate) and post-primary students. The event will be held through the medium of Irish, but you do not need to be able to speak Irish. There will be a 120 second presentation to be made in front of the crowd on the day and the judges will be looking to give a glimpse of the source code during the day.

This event is free of charge but you must register by the 18th September, 23:59, by sending an email to [email protected]. Please include “Féile Haiceála 2023” as the email subject,  and specify the name of the team (if it is a team application or your own name if you are a solo competitor), and food requirements, and the team captain’s name. The festival specifocations will be sent to all registered competitors on the 15th September so that planning and developemnet can begin. 

There will be pizza and free café for all participants.

There will be cash prizes and jobs to be awarded to those who attend on the day. Judging will be carried out on technical aspects of the piece of technology created, and on other aspects specified below. Scorecard.

  • Technical complexity
  • Originality
  • Polish, design and finish
  • Usability or functionality
  • Bonus points*

*Bonus points will be awarded if something new has been learned, for recognizing a new problem, for being funny or for attracting the judges with a prank!

Part Time article Writers

The FTO are seeking article writers to develop questions for screening and diagnostic tests for early literacy (Irish and English) and early numeracy at senior infant and first class level. This role will involve up to six hours of work per week for a period of up to twelve weeks between October 2023 and January 2024.

Click here for more information.

Send application letters and CV to: [email protected] by 5.00 pm, Monday, 25 September, 2023.

Stair Ghluaiseacht na Gaelscolaíochta

“Léarscáil scéala” de chuid ArcGIS atá le fáil anseo a thabharfaidh comhthéacs don úsáideoir agus iad ag baint leasa as an léarscáil idirghníomhach atá le fáil ANSEO. Tá feidhmiúlacht níos fearr don léarscáil ar ríomhairí ná mar atá ar ghutháin.

Tá 53 agallamh béil le fáil sa léarscáil idirghníomhach chomh maith trí chliceáil ar na pointí daite de na scoileanna atá beagáinín níos mó agus ansin ar “Eolas”. Tá dhá agallamh ann do roinnt de na scoileanna. Sna cásanna sin beidh an dara hagallamh le fáil sa chur síos faoi bhun an fhíseáin.

Is féidir teacht ar na hagallaimh uilig a mbaineann le Gaelscoileanna/Gaeloideachas trí chliceáil ar an bpointe ina bhfuil an oifig lonnaithe i Marino i mBaile Átha Cliath.

Nó, mar rogha eile, is féidir teacht ar an iomlán ar YouTube ANSEO

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