Irish Summer Course 2022

This week long Irish Summer Course for students starting 3rd Year in September 2022 is taking place in the New Parish Centre, Donnybrook, D4.

It is taught by teachers from the Gaeltacht.  It places emphasis on the Oral, Aural and Written parts of the Junior Certificate Examination.
Students will perfect their grammar and written work as well as develop their understanding of the different dialects for the Aural examination.
Gaeilge is spoken throughout the course.  This course provides students with the opportunity to improve and develop their skills in the Irish language in a warm and welcoming learning environment.

Cookery & Baking

This week long workshop shows students how to cook a variety of dishes including chicken and fish dishes as well as dishes including beef and lamb. Students are shown and then prepare with the assistance of the cookery and baking chefs a main meal followed by baking which the pastry chef demonstrates and then guides each student while doing the same. The Pastry Chef demonstrates to the class the step by step process involved in baking and then guides each student as they begin the process of preparing and baking that day’s pastry/cakes/desert themselves.

We work from a series of Cookery and Baking Books in our workshops.  The daily recipes for the Baking section of our teenage workshops are taken directly from our own published Columbus Club Baking Books.

Students who return for a second and third Cookery & Baking workshop experience cooking and baking different dishes.


The Animation workshop works on the classical and the computer animation sections of the course. The traditional or classical animation caters for the sketching of characters, designing the storyboards, Claymation which involves making the characters from coloured clay (paper cut outs are also demonstrated and worked on as an alternative) and the stop motion animation work to create an animated movie is all part of the course. The computer aspect deals with making animated movies using a software package.


This course takes students out on field trips each day for the course of the week. Each morning, the professional tutors explain and demonstrate followed by their classes practicing some new skills each morning. This is followed up with a field trip to the local seaside, the city, the aquarium and other venues. Fashion and street photography form part of each student’s mini portfolio on this course. It is a very engaging workshop with terrific learning outcomes.

Illustrations/Comic Books/Sketching.

Students learn to sketch characters, backgrounds, expressions and so much more.

Students learn to create their own storyboards.  They learn to tell their stories through illustrations and storyboards.  Students learn how to develop their characters.  They learn to perfect each character and their individual characteristics.   Students also learn to prepare and complete comic book illustrations.  They produce their own comic books by the end of the course.  This is essentially a mini portfolio course in illustration.

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