Who is the Transition Year suitable for?

The opportunity to spend Transition Year in the Gaeltacht is unique opportunity and is ideal for students interested in the Irish Language and Irish Culture. The course is particularly suited for students wishing to pursue a career in education and other related fields or other Irish Language related choices such as media, law and journalism.

Where will the course take place?

The course will run at Coláiste na Rinne, in the Waterford Gaeltacht. Coláiste na Rinne, established in 1905, is an Irish Language College in the Waterford Gaeltacht with huge experience in Irish language courses.

Students will board at Coláiste na Rinne which will provide the location for day time tuition and after-school activities. Participants will be registered as students of Meánscoil San Nioclás which will coordinate their Transition Year Programme.

What is the weekly programme?

Students will follow the standard TY programme with numerous extra-curricular activities.
Students will be required to be on campus by 6pm on Sunday of each week and to be off-campus by 4pm on Friday.

Academic Tuition : Monday to Friday 9.00 am – 3.30 pm. Academic class room tuition will take place through the medium of the Irish Language.
4 weeks of work placement off campus will form an essential component of the course. On-campus accommodation is not provided during the work experience periods.

Sample of Extra Curricular Activities
Gaisce Programme, Mini-Company, First Aid Course, Sign Language, Braille, guest speakers, life skills, community involvement, school sports, music, drama, Toastmasters, Art & Crafts, field trips, overnight excursions, Team Building Workshops, food and hygiene course, sports coaching courses.

after school hours - Sports including football, hurling, camogie, tennis, basketball, soccer, handball, racketball. Indoor & outdoor activities, drama production, classes in dance, music and drama, horticultural classes, naomhóg and sailing boat classes.
(Tá sé de chead ag an gColáiste an clár a athrú de réir mar is gá).

What are the programme fees for the full year and for one term?

Full Board Pupil, 5 nights accommodation - All inclusive price : €4,400 (payable in advance) | to include - tuition, extra-curricular activities, excursions, meals, accommodation on campus (Sunday to Thursday night inclusive) for Sept - Christmas term.

Successful applicants can secure their places by paying a deposit of €1,000 by mid March prior to the academic year in question (75% refundable if cancelled). Thereafter, the balance of the course fees will be due before Sept - €3,400.

Fee of €435 payable directly to Meánscoil San Nioclás.

If demand exists, a bus service will be organised to take students to Coláiste na Rinne from Dublin, Kildare, Laois, Kilkenny.

What is the application process?

Application forms will be available from January 27th.
All applicants will be interviewed in an informal setting and a reference from applicants’ current secondary school and copies of reports will also be required. The programme is suitable for students who have an interest in and working knowledge of the Irish Language and who are interested in achieving a strong Leaving Cert result.