Is coláiste iontach é Coláiste Laichtín. Bhain mé taitneamh as an gcoicís a chaith mé ansin. Bhí gach duine chomh deas agus bhí na múinteoirí chomh cabhrach. Tá feabhas ar mo chuid Gaeilge agus cinnte beidh me ag filleadh ar ais ann.
Mark really enjoyed his time at the college this year. His confidence in Irish is growing all the time. He achieved a C on the Higher Level Junior Certificate. We are very pleased with the result. His report at the end of 1st year was an abysmal fail.
Is mar gheall ar mholadh mo charad gur shocraigh mé dul chuig Coláiste Laichtín trí bhliain ó shin. Chuaigh mé ann don chraic agus ní raibh aon suim agam sa Ghaeilge ag an am. D’fheadfá a rá go raibh mé go huile is go hiomlán i gcoinne na Gaeilge toisc go raibh mé tar éis Gaeilge gnánleibhéal a dhéanamh don Teastas Sóisearach. Is cuimhin liom nar thuig mé focal ar bith ar an gcéad lá, agus níor thuig na múinteoirí focal ar bith a dúirt mé! Cuireadh an t-ainm ‘buachaill gan gaeilge orm’.
All the teachers are so nice and join in with the students when playing sports. Going to the beach was also really fun and the extra game we did on the beach like a huge game of bulldog. The classes were always helpful especially the grammar classes. The college diary is very good for the poems.
I never spoke much Irish up to fifth year. That summer I attended Colaiste Laichtín in Inis Oírr. I never realised that Irish existed outside the classroom until that summer. My parents don’t speak Irish. My friends don’t speak Irish. I attended Coláiste Laichtín as a student in 2009. I returned as an ardchinnire/leader in 2014 and as a teacher in 2015. I will be returning again to teach in Coláiste Laichtín in 2016.
I met loads of new people and made lots of new friends. I especially enjoyed the free time, like at lunch. I loved going to the beach as well. I loved walking home and not having to take buses, cars etc. Overall I enjoyed the experience on the island.
I really enjoyed Coláiste Laichtín because I got to make loads of new friends. I will stay in contact with them. It definitely improved my Irish and made me more confident in speaking the language. We did really have fun activities such as themed ceilís and going to the beach.
I have lived in the States for the past 28 years and STILL talk about my time on that Island. I have three kids now and try to give them some basic teaching into the Irish language. If it wasn't for my time there I wouldn't passed my leaving cert in Irish and more important the importance of MY LANGUAGE. Thank you for an experience that I will NEVER NEVER forget!