About us

Established in 2004, Coláiste na hÉireann/Gaelchultúr is the largest provider of Irish language courses in the world and the first third level Irish language institution.

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— Number of learners
50000 +

In the past ten years, 50,000+ learners have completed an Irish course with us.

— Global Community
30 +

People are learning Irish with us in over 30 countries around the world.

— Organisations and Companies

94 organisations and companies have completed an Irish course with us over the past year.

— Recommend
91 %

91% of learners this year said that they would recommend our Irish courses to their family and friends.

Irish language courses and resources

Established in 2004, Gaelchultúr is the largest provider of Irish language courses worldwide and the first third level Irish language institution. Gaelchultúr is located in Dublin but services the needs of Irish language learners around the world.

Gaelchultúr provides Irish language courses and learning resources of the highest quality, aimed at those with an interest in Irish worldwide. Our goal is to provide first-class services that will inspire both learners and fluent speakers of Irish to improve their knowledge of the language. Gaelchultúr offers courses throughout the world, taught by our network of talented teachers, and our e-learning website, ranganna.com, gives learners all over the world the opportunity to learn at their own pace.

Our team

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Chief Executive Officer

Darren Ó Rodaigh

Darren was born and raised in Wicklow. He completed his undergraduate degree in Fiontar, DCU and his MBA in Trinity College Dublin. He started his first company while in college and that company achieved a stock exchange listing. He has been involved with lots of startups over the years and he set up Gaelchultúr in 2004. He enjoys running, cooking and has an interest in current affairs.

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Deputy Director of Education

Eimear Ní Chinnéide

Eimear is from County Armagh. She did an undergraduate degree in Irish and French at Queen's University, Belfast and achieved first-class honours in both subjects. She did a master's degree and a doctorate in Irish in the same institution and obtained her doctorate in 2017. She was awarded a Fulbright scholarship in 2016 and she spent a year teaching Irish at New York University and at Drew University, New Jersey. Eimear started working at Gaelchultúr in 2019 and has been the college's Deputy Director of Education since 2021. She loves music, reading and watching Netflix. She also loves to travel abroad.

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Sales and Marketing Manager

Ellen Curtin

Ellen was born and raised in Dublin. She was awarded a first-class honours degree in her Bachelors in Irish and Journalism with DCU and a Postgraduate Diploma in Technology Commercialisation with the University of Galway. She has gained invaluable experience working on branding, content creation and digital marketing with companies in the Irish-language and tourism sectors. She enjoys traveling, painting and sea-swimming. She started working with Gaelchultúr in 2020.

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Operations Manager

Pádraig Mac Congáil

Pádraig Mac Congáil was born and raised in Derry City. He attended Queen’s University, Belfast, where he obtained a BA, MA, PhD and Postgraduate Certificates in Education. He wrote his PhD thesis on ‘Éamon de Valera, the Irish Language and Linguistic Nationalism’, before spending a year on a Fulbright scholarship teaching Irish in the United States. Pádraig is passionate about the promotion of Irish in the northwest and he spent three years working with Irish-language communities in this part of the country before joining Gaelchultúr in 2022.

Senior Project Executive

Sharon Howe

Head of Course Development

Niamh Nic Leoid

Niamh is from Leitir Mealláin in the Conamara Gaeltacht. She earned a BA in Applied Languages (Irish, French & TESOL) from UL and an MA in Translation Studies (Irish and French) from UCC. She was awarded a PhD in Celtic Studies in 2023 from the University of Edinburgh. Her research interests include language acquisition and the sociolinguistics of Irish. Niamh has spent time teaching Irish in Ireland, Scotland and the US (Fulbright FLTA 2016). She began teaching with Gaelchultúr in 2020 and has been in her current role as Head of Course Development since 2022. Niamh enjoys cooking and eating, hill walking and travelling.

Digital Marketing Executive

Helen de Búrca

Helen is from North County Dublin and holds a Bachelor of Arts in Irish and French and a Master of Arts in Irish and the Performing Arts from Maynooth University. She started working in the marketing department at Gaelchultúr in September 2023 and during that time has completed a Diploma in Digital Marketing with UCD Professional Academy. Outside of work, Helen enjoys art, music, theatre and creative writing.

Administrative Assistant

Jody Buckley-Coogan

Jody is from Cork, where he completed a BA (Irish and French) and MA (Early and Medieval Irish) in University College Cork. He was awarded a PhD from Queen’s University, Belfast in 2020 for a thesis examining the language of three sets of Middle/Early Modern Irish legal writing. Having worked in a variety of roles and industries, he began in his role with Gaelchultúr at the beginning of 2024.

Administrative Assistant

Dominica Williams

Dominica is from Dublin. She was raised with Irish in a bilingual household and attended Gaelscoileanna in south Dublin. After graduating from Trinity College Dublin with a degree in Drama and German she worked for ten years as an opera singer with the Irish companies Irish National Opera and Wexford Festival Opera as well as the English companies Glyndebourne Festival Opera and Opera Holland Park. She began teaching Irish four years ago and she works as an Irish teacher with Gaelchultúr now too. Dominica has a huge interest in languages, theatre, and opera, and she loves sea swimming and indoor bouldering.

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Chair, Postgraduate Degree in Translation

Éamonn Ó Dónaill

The Academic Council

Carmel Nic Eoin, Dónall Ó Baoill

Organisations that avail of our services