Tionól Gaeilge UCD offering chance for language learners abroad to travel to Ireland for Bliain na Gaeilge

Applications for Scoláireacht de hÍde due 5th of June

University College Dublin, with support from Bliain na Gaeilge and Conradh na Gaeilge, are running a competition to win a Scoláireacht de hÍde, a scholarship with €1,000 in honor of Douglas Hyde.  This will give an Irish language learner to travel from abroad to attend Tionól Gaeilge UCD 2018 as a language student.

Clár Ní Bhuachalla, Bainisteoir Tionscadail Bhord na Gaeilge UCD, explains:
“Due to the great success of Tionól Gaeilge UCD 2017, University College Dublin’s Bord na Gaeilge has decided to run the event again this year.  Tionól Gaeilge UCD is a summer school, organised by UCD and Gaelchultúr, for adults who wish to learn or improve their Irish.”

The course will take place on UCD’s Belfield Campus, Dublin 4, from Monday 2nd of July until Friday 6th of July 2018.  The course will comprise of classes, lectures and social events.

Ciste Bhliain na Gaeilge is offering an Irish language learner or speaker the chance to win a scholarship to attend this course free of charge.  The scholarship is worth €1,000 (the fee to attend the summer school and to be provided with accommodation for five nights on campus is €600, with an extra €400 contributed towards travel costs).

Síomha Ní Ruairc, Coordinator of Bliain na Gaeilge said:
“We are delighted to have the chance to support Thionól Gaeilge UCD.  The event provides an excellent opportunity for students, language learners and the diaspora to come together to learn and to celebrate the Irish language, which is especially fitting during Bliain na Gaeilge.”

“Dubhghlas de hÍde was a founder of Conradh na Gaeilge, and we are delighted to offer this scholarship in honour of the first President of Ireland, and a figure who was central in the revival of the Irish language as part of Bliain na Gaeilge.”

To enter the competition all you have to do is answer the following question:
During Tionól Gaeilge UCD, language classes will be held each day. How many different levels will be available?

Send the answer to this question in an e-mail, titled “Comórtas” to Bainisteoir Tionscadail Bhord na Gaeilge UCD Clár Ní Bhuachalla at [email protected] before 17.00 GMT, on Tuesday, 5th of June 2018.  The winner will be announced on social media before the end of the month, after being contacted directly.

Clár Ní Bhuachalla
Bainisteoir Tionscadail Bhord na Gaeilge UCD
+353 (0)1 716 7387  | [email protected]
Emma Ní Chearúil
Feidhmeannach Cumarsáide Chonradh na Gaeilge
+353 (0)1 4757401 | [email protected]

Síomha Ní Ruairc
Comhordaitheoir Bhliain na Gaeilge
+353 (0)1 4757401 | [email protected]


Tionól Gaeilge UCD will be based in Belfield, the University’s main campus which is located in a beautiful 133 hectre parkland setting with a 5 km woodland walkway and a 50 meter swimming pool. The campus is within easy reach of Dublin city centre and there is a direct bus link from Dublin airport. Please note that applicants must be resident outside Ireland for a minimum of 12 months. Further Information:

Bliain na Gaeilge is a community project that has over 50 Irish-language, Gaeltacht, and cultural groups taking part in the organisation of the project, including the GAA, TG4, USI and RTÉ. The Government of Ireland is also officially supporting Bliain na Gaeilge and a committee has been formed to coordinate that support. The Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht is providing funding via Foras na Gaeilge for the year. Further information:

Conradh na Gaeilge is the democratic forum for the Irish-speaking community. The Conradh has over 200 branches and numerous individual members registered around the world, members that work hard to promote the use of Irish in their own areas. Conradh na Gaeilge’s main aim is to promote the use of Irish as the standard language in Ireland. Conradh na Gaeilge was established by Douglas Hyde, Eoin Mac Néill, and their colleagues on the 31st of July 1893. The organisation runs Irish-language courses; advocates for the language rights of Irish-speakers; raises awareness about the language; hosts the international Irish-language festival Seachtain na Gaeilge; manages the Irish-language information hub and the Irish-language bookshop An Siopa Leabhar; supports Raidió Rí-Rá; and much more. More information:

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