English School About Us

English Language Ireland is a world-class learning facility where students from across the world improve their English skills while enjoying life in Ireland.

We are located in Carlow – a friendly and safe small town (population 25,000), but just 80km from Dublin and within easy reach of many more of the attractions our beautiful country has to offer.

Our school is as friendly and welcoming as is our town. We pride ourselves on small classes, individual attention, and ensuring all students’ time spent with us as memorable and enjoyable as possible.

We guarantee extra care and attention for all our junior students, including placing them with carefully chosen host families but arranging many trips and other activities for outside the classroom.

Our teachers are all university educated and hold additional qualifications in teaching English as a foreign language ensuring superb quality tuition. We create a learning environment where students are encouraged to think for themselves, express themselves creatively, and where they develop in terms of both self-esteem and self-confidence. We were founded in the year 2000 as a Summer School only, but our methods and philosophy have since proven so popular that we now operate all year round, providing English language courses and other services for both adult and junior students.

We regularly welcome students from Spain, Italy, France, Germany, and other European countries, as well as from much further afield, such as Saudi Arabia, Oman, Brazil, and China. We also cater for students who already live in Ireland, and who want to improve their English. All enjoy a wonderful learning experience with us, and all leave here as our friends as well as our students.

You can read testimonials from former students  to see how highly they thought of us, or read on to get to know us better.

Meet Our Team

RUTH COFFEY

RUTH COFFEY

Managing Director

“I started my career as a Montessori teacher when my own three sons were very young. I then retrained as a teacher of English as a foreign language which led to the creation of this school in 2000. Since then I’ve met so many wonderful agents, parents and students from around the world and I’ve also been very fortunate to work with many equally wonderful host families and businesses here in my local community in Carlow. I share the management of English language Irelandwith my incredible husband Terry and I think we make a great team! This school, and education in general, is my passion but I also find time to enjoy singing in a choir and painting with a local group of artists”.

TERRY COFFEY

TERRY COFFEY

Operations Director

“A lifelong Dublin football supporter and rugby fan, I love sport but I’m also really into music (any and all types) and love going to concerts as often as I can. I was an industrial chemist, then a HR manager, then a Management consultant, then a University Lecturer and now I work for my wife! I believe that every day is a school day – you should never stop learning and this is something that we try to transmit through our work here at English language Ireland. I think that seeing people young and old enjoying their learning experience is something that we do very well and I’m very proud of the quality and inspiration that we give all of our students.”

MIKE STANLEY

MIKE STANLEY

Director of Studies

“As Director of Studies, it’s been my privilege to work with fantastic teachers and of course, many wonderful international students here at English Language Ireland. I’m a Carlow native, though I received my BA (Media & Politics) at Wolverhampton University in the UK. I did an MA in Politics and Communication at Dublin City University and then started in the world of teaching English. I’m a Rugby fan (Leinster, and Carlow too!), I’m a bit of a history and politics nut, and I love travelling in Ireland and abroad! It is also my life’s mission to get as many people as I can to read Moby Dick, which might be my favourite book.”
ELAINE CONDELL

ELAINE CONDELL

Summer Centre Manager

“I would describe myself as the wanderer who has returned. I’m a Carlow woman but I’ve lived in California, Paris, Budapest, and most recently Cordoba, in Spain, so you could say I’ve been bitten by the travel bug. But I’ve always returned to Carlow to spend my summers working with English language Ireland and now I’m back permanently. I love the outdoors, whatever the weather. I also like to read, draw, meditate and I am an avid gardener. I received my BA in French and Spanish at NUI Maynooth and went on to study for a Postgraduate Diploma in Teaching Modern Foreign Languages at Trinity College Dublin. I speak Spanish, French, a little German, a little Portuguese and of course, a little Irish. My next project is Arabic”.

MAURA MCVEIGH

MAURA MCVEIGH

Bookings & Accommodation Officer

“I’m a Waterford native but marriage and family brought me to Carlow. I have three fantastic children who are almost all grown-up. I absolutely love all types of music and singing, but especially Irish traditional music. I take a big interest in local arts events and I enjoy reading and history. I’m also passionate about the Irish language and the GAA (Irish football and hurling). I became a host mother for Ruth many years ago and I’m delighted to now work here at English language Ireland as a co-ordinator and administrator for our international students and local host families. It’s my pleasure to offer local advice and help our students to get the most out of their time here in Carlow, academically, culturally and socially.”

Our Teachers

Rachel

Rachel

Teacher

Hi, I’m Rachel. Meeting students where they are and accompanying them a while on their quest to master English, helping to navigate uncharted territory, pointing out signposts and keeping learners on the right track.

This is how I perceive my role of English language teacher. Having been lucky enough to work with students from all over the world, I’ve experienced the magic that happens when people of different cultures and backgrounds are united in a common goal – communicating in a language that is not their own. I feel privileged to be able to use my training, skills and experience to contribute to these “journeys to English”.

Christine

Christine

Teacher

Hi my name is Christine. I love teaching and meeting people of all ages from all over the world. I focus on building a rapport with all my students because I find that that fun and learning in a relaxed environment are key elements of success. You’ll hear discussion, laughter, role play and you might even hear some music and singing. I can assure you the singing won’t be from me though, it’ll be either Utube the CD player! Here’s a few adjectives to describe the action in my classroom; authentic, engaging, motivating, interesting, flexible, supportive and academic with a few challenges thrown in. You’ll be glad to hear that I have my teaching degree and have been teaching English as a second language for over eight years. I have also had the pleasure of training English Language teachers. So I can safely say that students leave my class with a lot more English and new friends than when they started on a course with English language Ireland.

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