Coláiste an Phobail

What is Coláiste an Phobail?

Coláiste an Phobail is a programme of language classes and activities aimed at encouraging the use of Irish in the community. Cultúrlann Uí Chanáin offers a variety of classes to suit the needs of absolute beginners right through to those of a fluent speaker of the language. Most of the classes are delivered in our centre, but we also work in the community, in local schools and organise residential weekends in the Donegal Gaeltacht to enhance the learning experience of our students.

We offer a number of accredited courses in partnership with North West Regional College and NUI Galway, alongside our own language course, Céimeanna Comhrá, which is taught at three ability levels and tailored to the needs of the casual learner.

The centre is a welcoming environment for anyone wishing to learn Irish or practice their language skills. Our in-house café offers a bilingual service, and we sell a range of Irish books, cards and giftware. Our team are on hand at any time to offer assistance, whether this means helping out with unfamiliar words or phrases, or allowing learners the opportunity to practice their conversational skills on them.

Classes and activities run throughout the year, and regular social events such as table quizzes and conversation circles are organised at which our community of learners and language enthusiasts can enjoy a vibrant urban Gaeltacht experience.

For a complete list of all courses currently on offer, please visit the Language Courses section.

Conversational Irish Courses

Céimeanna Comhrá, our language course, has been specially devised by one of our tutors, Toirealach Ó Gráda to suit those interested in learning Irish for conversational use. It is taught on a weekly basis and learners build upon their pool of everyday words and phrases unit by unit through three stages: beginner, intermediate and advanced.


Accredited Irish Courses

A number of accredited courses are taught in the centre, offering the opportunity to acquire OCN Levels 1-3, GCSE, AS & A2 Level and diploma qualifications.


Community Courses

A selection of other subjects are on offer at Cultúrlann Uí Chanáin, including Creative Writing, Folklore, Irish History and Patchwork Quilting.

Tús le Teanga is Cultúr

This weekend scheme is aimed at children aged 5 – 11, offering an introduction to the language. As well as starting their journey in learning Irish, the children will learn music, dance, song, art and storytelling.



This innovative Irish language scheme has been running in 13 English medium primary schools in the Derry City/ North West area since 2011. The highly successful scheme is funded by the Department of Education and offers primary school children in Key Stage 2 their first exposure to Irish in weekly sessions incorporated into the cirriculum. Our tutors deliver the programme through imaginative and interactive activities.


Léann Do Dhéagóirí

This course offers past pupils of Irish medium primary education an opportunity to take their GCSE Irish exam through weekly preparatory classes.


An Chéad Chéim Eile

This course is designed to improve language skills amongst past pupils of Irish medium primary schools who do not get an opportunity to practice their Irish in post-primary education.

Intensive Language Courses

We organise weekend intensive languages courses several times each September, February and June. These full day sessions are a great way to boost language skills, and are also an excellent introduction for prospective learners. These courses are often delivered by lecturers from Ulster University or native speakers from the Donegal Gaeltacht.


The Fáinne Scheme

There are several opportunities throughout year in which we give learners an opportunity to test their spoken Irish and earn themselves one of the widely recognised gold, silver and ‘cúpla focal’ badges. These run in conjunction with the intensive courses and Seachtain na Gaeilge.


Events & Activities

There are numerous events and activities planned alongside our weekly classes to provide an opportunity for learners to make use of their spoken Irish in a comfortable environment alongside classmates. These include weekend trips to the Gaeltacht, conversation circles and table quizzes.


Lá Clárúcháin – Registration Day

Posted: 01 September 2016

Foghlaim Gaeilge Linn!   Learn Irish with us! Would you like to learn Irish? Well, come along to Cultúrlann Uí Chanáin in September 2016 and...

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Glór na nGael Award

‘Best in Ireland’ Award for Cultúrlann Uí Chanáin

Posted: 11 April 2016

Cultúrlann Uí Chanáin has beaten off opposition from Irish language organisations from all over Ireland to scoop the All-Ireland first place for the promotion of...

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Opening Night

Cultúrlann Uí Chanáin success in Glór na nGael Competition

Posted: 05 February 2016

Cultúrlann Uí Chanáin has been shortlisted for the grand prize in Glór na nGael’s national competition, as well as winning 1st place in the 10,000+...

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Seachtain na Gaeilge

Wednesday 01 March 2017

Venue: Cultúrlann Uí Chanáin


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Bia agus beoir

Saturday 04 March 2017

Venue: Cultúrlann Uí Chanáin

Price: £8

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Béal Oscailte / Open mic

Friday 10 March 2017

Venue: An tSeaneaglais (The Glassworks)

Price: Saor/Free

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