Brú Na Pairce

Post Transition Year Course


Post Transition Year Course Summer 2024

Intensive One-Week Higher-Level Gaeilge (Irish) Course in Killarney
For Students going into 5th Year in September

Course Dates / Dátaí na gCúrsaí

Monday 19th August – Friday 23rd August 2024

• Catch up and get ahead by getting a great foundation in ORAL and WRITTEN IRISH.
• In a positive learning environment students will become confident in speaking and using Irish fluently and accurately.
• In addition, Brú Na Páirce’s excellent teachers will ensure that students have a solid understanding of GRAMMAR and how to use it effectively in essay composition and answering questions.
• At the end of the course, students will have bridged the gap between Junior Cycle and Senior Cycle Irish and will be well able for the challenge of the Leaving Cert Course.
• For further information about the course please contact Fiona Ní Laocha on 086-3034998.

Entry Requirements / Riachtanais Iontrála

• Minimum Merit grade (Higher Level) in Junior Cycle Irish.
• As evidence, we require a photocopy of the student’s Junior Cycle Results Statement to be submitted with the application.
• Students will be assigned to classes according to in-house assessments and the student’s Junior Cycle Irish grade.
• While every reasonable effort is made to accommodate each potential student, due to the intensive nature of the course and the physical constraints of our premises, it may not be possible to accommodate students who require special assistance or individual attention. If your child has such requirements, you should enquire with the Bainisteoir first to see if your child’s requirements can be met by the school.
• Brú na Páirce reserves the right of attendance on our courses.


Parents and students must read, understand and accept the policies and rules that are in the Policies section.
• It is imperative when your child commits to a Brú na Páirce course that he/she complete the full five days. Notes given are contingent on class attendance.
• Students make their own travel arrangements to/from Killarney.
• The management of Brú na Páirce is not responsible for students outside of school hours.
• Brú na Páirce will be holding pre-course Information Meetings in July 2024, which will take place online via Zoom (dates to be confirmed in due course). The course rules & format will be provided and explained at these meetings and attendance is mandatory for both the student and at least one parent.
• Mobile phones are strictly forbidden during course hours.
• Students must try to speak Irish at all times. 100% participation is required in all areas.
• N.B. Breaking of rules or undesirable attitude / behaviour will lead to immediate expulsion.
• Should prevailing Government public health restrictions and guidance deem it unsafe to deliver a scheduled onsite course in Killarney, Brú na Páirce will deliver the course online and the same terms & conditions apply.


• Accommodation must be booked with a landlady from our Accommodation Listing (see below) unless the student is living locally.
• Accommodation must be provisionally booked before any application can be accepted by Brú na Páirce
• Onus is on parents to ensure that students remain in their accommodation each evening.
• Driving of cars by students to and from classes/study is forbidden. Landladies are responsible for transporting their own students to and from the school premises.
• Maximum four students from the same school are permitted in one house.
• Landlady has the right to apply a lower maximum number per school.
• Cost of accommodation including breakfast, packed lunch, evening meal and transport: €48 per night.
• Deposit of €96 must be paid to Landlady at time of booking.
• Balance of accommodation cost must be paid to Landlady no later than 3 weeks before the course start date.
• Students are not allowed to stay in rented houses unless a parent is present.
• Students are NOT ALLOWED to socialise in Killarney while doing the course and Brú na Páirce has a zero tolerance policy towards alcohol and drugs. The Landlady is not to be asked for permission to socialise during the course. Parents and students have accepted these rules as per their signature on the application form.


What to bring/Tabhair Leat

• A4 file folder with dividers for course notes
• A4 Refill (no spirals/wire bound)
• Pens, pencils and highlighters

Timetable/Clár Ama

Monday – Thursday/ Luan-Déardaoin
Ranganna & Staidéar / Class & Study: 9am – 7pm.
Briseadh / Breaks: 10 minutes between classes; Lunch 12pm – 12:30pm, Pre-Study Break 4:30pm – 5pm.
Clár Ama Dé hAoine / Timetable (Friday)
Ranganna / Classes: 9a.m – 3p.m
Níl aon staidéar – No study on Fridays

Fees /Táillí

• The course fee is €500 payable in two parts:

i) €300 deposit payable with application
ii) €200 Balance of Course fee payable 3 weeks before the start of the course.
• Cancellations made on/before January 31st 2024 will receive a refund of €225 on the deposit payment, i.e. forfeit an administration fee of €75.
• Cancellations made after January 31st 2024 and on/before April 14th 2024 will receive a refund of €150 on the deposit, i.e. forfeit administration fee of €200.
• Cancellations made after April 14th 2024 forfeit the full deposit of €300.

Brú na Páirce accepts payment by Bank Transfer, Cheque, Bank Draft and Postal Order as per the payment details provided in the application form. Please note that we do not take card payments.

How to apply

Download the 2024 application form below


Post completed form (with copy of 3rd Year Final/Summer School Report) and deposit payment to:

Fíona Ní Laocha – Brú na Páirce
PO Box 13545
Co. Kerry

Fón: 086 303 4998 (Fiona Ní Laocha)


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