Is it a mixed course?
Yes. However, accommodation is separate for boys and girls.
How big/small are the courses?
Our courses are limited to 90 students per course. This ensures appropriate supervision and optimises the safety. Each and every student is personally known to the staff. It also allows students to interact well together and achieve better fluency in the irish language.
What is the accommodation like?
The accommodation is of high standard. All students are housed with irish speaking families who have been approved by the department of gaeltacht inspectorate.
What is the standard of food like?
The food is of a high and uniform standard. The menus are agreed by Coláiste Chú Chulainn and the mná tí prior to each course. We ensure a well balanced diet of appropriate quality and quantity is provided. Special dietary requests are catered for.
How do I book my place?
You may reserve a place by completing the online application form or posting a print out of the application form which is available on the Coláiste brochure. The brochure is available for downloading on website pages right side.
How do I pay?
Payment may be made electronically via paypal or by posting a cheque/bank draft to Coláiste Chú Chulainn, Bóthar na Carraige, Co. Lú.
Can I stay in the same house as my friends?
Friends are accommodated together wherever possible.
How will my child get to/from the college from the Bean an Tí’s house?
All the accommodation is within walking distance of the Coláiste. However buses are provided on a daily basis to transport students to activities and in wet weather.
How many students will be in the house together?
The houses can accommodate between 8 to 12 students. The capacity of each house is determined by the inpectorate and all safety standards and fire are adhered to.
Do children come on their own?
Yes. Students are encouraged to attend independently. We find they return home with many new friends.
My child has an illness. Can he/she still attend?
The Coláiste must be informed about all illnesses and the decision to attend is made on a case by case basis.
What should my child bring with him/her?
Students need only bring: Clothing, towels, toiletries, runners, a raincoat. Musicians are encouraged to bring their instruments. All wetsuits and equipment is provided by Coláiste Chú Chulainn but students may bring their own wetsuit if they so wish. Students must care for their personal belongings. Lost or damaged property is not the responsibility of Coláiste Chú Chulainn.
Is there a size limit on the suitcase he/she can bring?
No but be mindful of weight for students carrying heavy cases. We encourage students to travel light.
How do we get from home from Coláiste Chú Chulainn?
Transport is available to and from the Coláiste. Buses go from Dublin, Galway and Belfast servicing all students on route. The return journey is €60/£45.
Who do I make the cheque payable to?
Coláiste Chú Chulainn.
Will my child be covered by insurance while on the course?
How much pocket money will my child need?
Students require no money during the course. The course fee covers all costs, however there is a shop nearby where students may purchase confectionery.
What about valuables while my child is on the course?
All valuables and pocket money must be given to the mná tí for safe keeping. Lost or damaged property is not the responsibility of Coláiste Chú Chulainn.
How are the classes divided?
The classes are divided according to age.
How are the groups divided?
The groups are divided according to the houses for activities.
How will I contact my son/daughter while they are on the course?
Students are directly contactable at all times and through mná tí after 11pm.
Can we visit our son/daughter during the course?
Yes. Visitors are welcome at any time.
Can my child have his/her mobile phone at all times?
Yes. However during class, phones will be on silent and at night phones must be given to the mná tí to ensure a good sleep.