ILASP is a fantastic way for students to maintain and improve their level of Irish during their time at Maynooth University. Classes are open to fulltime students of all disciplines and years*, both undergraduate and postgraduate.  Students will have the option of taking a Teastas Eorpach na Gaeilge (TEG) exam at the end of the academic year.  TEG Irish language qualifications are recognised by the Department of Education and Skills as an alternative Irish language qualification for entry into primary education courses. TEG is also recognised by the Public Appointments Service and King’s Inns.  
*Students of Nua-Ghaeilge are not eligible to apply for ILASP.


The Irish language levels that we offer are based on the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR):

  •  Bonnleibhéal 1(A1) -  Elementary 1​
  •  Bonnleibhéal 2 (A2) - Elementary 2
  • Meánleibhéal 1 (B1) - Intermediate 1
  •  Meánleibhéal 2 (B2) - Intermediate 2

Courses are based on Teastas Eorpach na Gaeilge (TEG) syllabuses, designed specifically for adult learners. 

Which level should I choose? As a general rule, these are the levels we recommend, based on the standard of Irish you have achieved so far:

Bonnleibhéal 2 (A2)   Suitable for students who: (i) took Ordinary Level Leaving Cert Irish or (ii) passed Teastas Eorpach na Gaeilge Bonnleibhéal 1 (A1) exam.

Meánleibhéal 1 (B1)  Suitable for students who: (i) took Higher Level Leaving Cert Irish achieving a H4 or B2 grade or lower or (ii) passed Teastas Eorpach na Gaeilge Bonnleibhéal​ 2 (A2) exam.

Meánleibhéal 2 (B2)  Suitable for students who: (i) took Higher Level Leaving Cert Irish and achieved a H1, H2 or H3 (A1, A2 or B1 grade) or (ii) passed Teastas Eorpach na Gaeilge Meánleibhéal 1 (B1) exam or (iii) took Irish as a subject in the first year of a BA programme or (iv) have regular and current contact with the language through their work or social life. This qualification is recognized by the Department of Education and Skills as meeting the Irish language requirement for those who wish to pursue a career in Primary Education. To take a course at Meánleibhéal 2 (B2) level, you must meet at least one of the above criteria and you will be asked to supply evidence of this.

Please note that while these are general recommendations we do encourage you to follow these guidelines. Starting at a level which is too difficult is counterproductive. Each level assumes knowledge of the previous level and if for example, you haven’t acquired the skills at Bonnleibhéal 2 (A2) level yet, it will be difficult to acquire the Meánleibhéal 1(B1) skillset successfully. If you feel that the recommended level does not reflect your abilities, please email

For further direction in determining your language level, please refer to the   ​

Grid for self-assessment

How to register
You can now reserve your place online.  Classes take place in the evenings (A2: Tuesdays 6.30-8.30pm; B1 (Wednesday or Thursday) & B2 Monday 6.30-9.30pm) and will commence in early October. Places are limited to 15 students per class.  Extra courses may be run, subject to demand. Places are allocated on a first-come first-served basis so prompt action is required to secure a place. Course costs €50. TEG exam fees will be extra but are offered at a discounted rate to registered ILASP students.