Irish for Primary School Teaching

Weekly Grind

6th Year

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This is a one-year part-time course specifically designed for students who wish to gain entry to Teacher Training College and require a H4 (60-69%) or above in Higher Level Irish in the Leaving Certificate.
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What you will get with this course:

Weekly 75-minute class
4 Mock Orals
2 Mock Exams
1 Christmas Exam
4-Hour Oral Revision Course in March
Pre-recorded topic tutorials

Meet your Irish Teacher

Rachel Mahon

Rachel Mahon is an Irish and Spanish teacher. She obtained a degree her subjects in UCD before completing her Masters of Education through the medium of Irish in NUIG, where she graduated with a first class honours. She has extensive experience teaching Leaving Cert students and has examined orals with the State Examination Commission.


She is very passionate about both languages, having spent many summers working in Irish colleges in the Gaeltacht, most recently as principal. She spent time in Seville during her undergrad and has done various Spanish courses with the Instituto de Cervantes in Dublin and Madrid. Her approach aims to instil a love of languages in students and a deep understanding of how the language works. Her teaching is highly exam focused in order to ensure students obtain the highest mark possible.

More Course Information

All areas of the examination are covered, with graded mock examinations throughout the year. Students will also receive free oral examinations. With the oral component now worth 40% of the marks available, all students are given a customized booklet, with answers tailored to their own situation. This is especially important for mature or repeat students, who are inevitably asked why they are going back to study the subject.


The following topics will be covered during the weekly grinds:

  • Oral Exam Preparation
  • Aiste
  • Diospoireacht
  • Sceal
  • Oraid
  • Grammar
  • Comprehensions
  • Filíocht
  • Prós
  • An Triail
  • Filíocht Breise
  • Cluastuiscint

Where can you attend these grinds?

You can experience our live and interactive weekly grinds by attending classes either:


On-site: We offer on-site classroom-based weekly grinds in our Stillorgan location.


Online via Live-stream: We also offer you the option of attending our weekly grinds via live-stream meaning you can participate from anywhere in Ireland.


Regardless of which option you select, you will be able to interact with our teachers and ask questions. These weekly grinds are 75 minutes in duration and all classes are accompanied by our renowned Dublin Academy study notes. If you opt for Live-streamed weekly grinds, our study notes will be posted to your home free of charge.


The foundation of our Leaving Cert weekly grinds is ‘exam focus’. Our teachers strip away the unnecessary sections of each subject and focus solely on the core, examinable material, the aim of which is increasing your exam performance.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need Irish to qualify as a primary school teacher?

There are Irish language requirements for primary school teaching – teachers must be able to teach the Irish language and must have achieved a H4 grade in Leaving Cert Irish. This course is designed for people who have since left school but wish to study for, and sit, the Leaving Cert exam to achieve this minimum grade requirement.

What is the schedule of these Irish classes?

Start Date:
Classes commence week beginning Monday 4th September 2023.


Please note, classes will NOT be held on the following dates:


Mid-Term Breaks:
Monday 30th October- classes resume Monday 6th November 2023
Monday 12th February – classes resume Monday 19th February 2024

Christmas Holidays:
Monday 11th December 2023 – classes resume on Monday 8th January 2023

Easter Holidays:
Monday 25th March - Sunday 7th April

Final Classes / Supervised Study:
Saturday 18th May 2024

Please note grinds take place as normal on bank holidays

How long are the Weekly Grinds?

Irish for Primary School Teaching grinds are 75 minutes in duration.

How do I access my live-streamed Weekly Grinds?

You will access your live-streamed Weekly Grinds via our online learning management system, DASH (Dublin Academy School Hub). We will send you logins for this platform in advance of your live-streamed grind.

If I opt for live-streamed grinds, how do I get my study notes?

Your study notes will be posted to your house free of charge in advance of your live-streamed grinds commencing. Please note, study notes will take up to 3 working days to arrive from the time of booking.

Can I try out these Irish for Primary School teaching classes for free before signing up?

Yes, all students can attend a free trial of our Irish grinds to ensure they are happy with the service.