Irish language evening programmes are available at the following levels and are based on Teastas Eorpach na Gaeilge (TEG) syllabuses, an Irish language programme designed specifically for adult learners:  ​

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

Places in these classes will be available to purchase online in early September.  A decision will be made then whether courses will run on campus or online, in accordance with the public health guidelines at that time.  

Which level should I choose?  The test here will give you a general impression of your current ability in Irish. This information will help you to choose the correct level and the correct examination for you.   As a general rule, these are the levels we recommend, based on the standard of Irish you have achieved so far:

Bonnleibhéal 1(A1)​    Suitable for complete beginners. 

Bonnleibhéal 2 (A2)   Suitable for learners who have: (i) passed Ordinary Level Leaving Cert Irish or (ii) achieved a H5 or lower in the Leaving Cert higher level exam or (iii) passed Teastas Eorpach na Gaeilge Bonnleibhéal 1 (A1) exam.

Meánleibhéal 1 (B1)  Suitable for learners who: (i) took Higher Level Leaving Cert Irish achieving H3 or H4 (B2 grade or lower)or (ii) passed Teastas Eorpach na Gaeilge Bonnleibhéal​ 2 (A2) exam.

Meánleibhéal 2 (B2)  Suitable for learners who: (i) took Higher Level Leaving Cert Irish and achieved a H1or H2 grade (A1, A2 or B1) 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

Classes take place once a week over the course of the academic year for a total of 20 weeks, see the timetable below. The atmosphere in classes is relaxed but structured with emphasis on effective communication skills while grammar is studied in the context of useful, everyday language. A Certificate of Attendance is awarded on request to students with minimum 80% attendance.

There is an upper limit of fifteen students per class. Courses may be cancelled if insufficient numbers register for a particular level. While there are no formal entry requirements, it is advisable that you chat to a member of the Centre for Irish Language prior to registering to ensure that you sign up for the appropriate level. 

There is also the option of taking a Teastas Eorpach na Gaeilge (TEG) exam at the end of the academic year at Maynooth University. TEG is a system of exams and qualifications for adult learners of Irish. Exams are available at five levels, from Elementary to Advanced. The Meánleibhéal 2 (B2) qualification meets the Irish language entry requirement for courses in Primary Education. See for further information. 

TEG Examinations​ 

The 2020 TEG examination schedule has been adversely affected by Covid-19, For further information and 2020/21 TEG dates and application deadlines, click here
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