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People's College for Continuing Education and Training

31/32 Parnell Square, Dublin, Republic of Ireland

The People’s College, Adult Education Association, is a voluntary body with the status of charitable organisation.

Set up 1948, to provide workers’ education, it continues to provide general adult education – languages, social political studies, literature, art appreciation and cultural activities as well as personal development and communication skills – for trade unionists, their families and the general public.

The People’s College is part of the European Workers’ Education movement which emphasises education for democracy. This involves creating a space where workers can study, reflect on and react to their continually changing society as well as develop their intellectual, social and creative potential. An integral part of the system is the active participation of the students in the decision-making process and organisational structures of the College.

The People’s College organises courses in the following areas:

  • Languages (Irish, English , French, German, Italian, and Spanish)
  • Arts, Music Creativity (Painting Art Appreciation; Music Appreciation, Creative Writing, Tin Whistle and Guitar)
  • Social Studies ( Current Affairs,History, European Union, Genealogy, Japanese Culture, Economics/Political Economy).
  • Environment/Nature Studies (Hill Walking, Wildlife)
  • Personal Development Social Skills (Communication Skills/Public Speaking, Pilates, Yoga, First Aid)
Astronomy - Elementary Course - Spring 2020

Astronomy – Elementary Course. Spring 2020 This course will introduce you to the following topics: Mapping the Skies Constellations Practical observing Telescopes and equipment Right ascension and declination Earths orbit Measuring astronomical distances The Sun and the Moon The Heliosphere The Planets Copernicus, Kepler and knowledge of the solar system Exoplanets Stars their formation and…

Avenues into Modern and Contemporary Art (Saturday Class)

This series of slide illustrated art history lectures and tours will look at the diverse range of influences, subject matter and artistic movements explored by some of the most innovative artists from the 19th to the 21th centuries. Throughout the course, temporary exhibitions will also be examined alongside works from the permanent collection. These illustrated…

Beginners Guide to Watercolours

Date: Oct 01, 2019 – Jan 21, 2020 Day: Tuesday Time : 11am – 1.00pm Category: Personal development, The Arts Venue : The Connect Union Building, 6 Gardiner Row, Dublin 1 Cost: €130 for ten classes In this course students will learn how to use watercolour paints and how to handle brushes and materials. We will explore the basic methods and techniques…

Calligraphy Introduction Course

We will cover the basic skills of letter forms and formal scripts along with learning to use tools and materials, starting with pencil and moving onto using dip pens with ink and gouache. Learning will be through demonstration and individual guided practice. Students will have the opportunity to create simple personalised projects and compositions over…

Computers - Digital Skills Level 1

Computers – Digital Skills Level 1. This course will teach you how to use your own computer/laptop/Smartphone. No more asking someone else to do something for you. You will achieve the basic computer skills needed for using: Smart mobile phones Skype EBay Email Banking Booking a flight, appointment, hotel reservation etc… Social Media Facebook, Twitter,…

Computers - Digital Skills Level 2 - Wednesday Eve

Computers – Digital Skills Level 2 – Wednesday Eve. This course will cover the following topics: Recap on basic computer skills Transfer files from phone to PC Learn about new apps to assist with daily activities File Management (how to save your files and photos) Preparing a presentation (MS – PowerPoint) Learn about computer viruses…

Conversational Irish Course

Conversational Irish Course. The emphasis will be on speaking Irish in class. Students will also learn some poetry and song and will develop their comprehension through listening to Irish speakers on tape. This course is interactive and sociable. This course is geared towards those who have some Irish but would like to increase their vocabulary…

Conversational Italian Course

Conversational Italian Course. This course is designed as a continuation of our beginners 2 course or similar, with an emphasis on conversation skills. Date: Oct 01, 2019 – Jan 21, 2020 Day: Tuesday Time : 6.00pm – 7.30pm Category: Languages Venue : To be confirmed in office on start date Cost: €95 for twelve classes Book this course online now It…

Creative Writing Course (Morning class)

Creative Writing Course. Continuation of autumn course, also suitable for new members. This workshop is for those who want to discover and develop their creative writing skills by exploring the imagination, overcoming fear, developing a writing habit and finding a voice. Trigger exercises and writing games will be used and assignments will be set. Constructive…

Creative Writing Evening Class

Susan is the author of three novels, two short story collections, a book of non-fiction and several stage and radio plays. The workshop is aimed at people who want to write but don’t quite know how to get started. It will also be useful for people who have done some writing already but who feel…

Creative Writing Morning Class

Susan is the author of three novels, two short story collections, a book of non-fiction and several stage and radio plays. The workshop is aimed at people who want to write but don’t quite know how to get started. It will also be useful for people who have done some writing already but who feel…

Creative Writing, Introduction (Evening Class)

Creative Writing, Introduction (Evening Class). There will be two terms of twelve weeks each and participants can sign up to both or to either the first or second part. The first term will cover the basics of writing personal reminiscence, fiction and poetry, with class exercises providing a jump start. This class is also useful…

Dancing (Ballroom, Latin, Salsa, Jive)

Dancing Course (Ballroom, Latin, Salsa, Jive). Don’t just watch strictly, come and get your body in gear to the best sounds possible! Learn how to move your body, get fit and meet new friends. We have exciting new dance classes coming to the college. No matter what your fitness level is, you will become more…

Drama Group Course (Monday 6:30-8:30pm)

Drama Group Course. Following the success of the Percy French Show (See it on Youtube) Dubbaliners, Home Truths (a new play written by a group member) and Jack-Knives and Buckshot by Mick Halpenny (in association with the Peoples College Choir and Jimmy Kelly Band) enthusiasm is high to pursue new and challenging ideas for the…

Energy and Vitality in Movement

Lecturer: Ben Somers, 3rd Dan Ninjutsu Instructor, Tai Chi Instructor, Ontology Instructor, The course is taught gently and without the need for, or use of muscle strength. Once learned, you can employ any combination of these exercises. These exercises can be used for muscle toning and definition, or just to keep the body healthy, flexible…

English Literature Appreciation

English Literature Appreciation: 2019/2020 Tutor: Stephen O’Kane BA (Hons), DipM This popular course offers a friendly, relaxed and stimulating journey through some great works of literature. It can best be described as a teacher led, student centered book club. The tutor tends to put forward lots of ideas about a text when introducing it and…

Felt Making Course

Felt Making Course. Felt Making: an introductory course where students will gain hands-on experience in a wide variety of felt making techniques and projects. The course also highlights the history and tradition behind this magical craft.

Feltmaking - Beginners/Intermediate - Tuesday Evening Option

Feltmaking is one of the oldest textile making techniques which is getting more and more popular again all over the world. Handmade felt has great properties. It is an ideal technique for creating decorative and also functional pieces. This 9-week course is designed for those who have already attended any of the feltmaking courses at…

Feltmaking course (Beginners & Intermediate)

Feltmaking is one of the oldest textile making techniques which is getting more and more popular again all over the world. Handmade felt has great properties. It is an ideal technique for creating decorative and also functional pieces. This 9-week course is designed for those who have already attended any of the feltmaking courses at…

French Beginners Course

French Beginners Course. This course is designed for people with NO previous knowledge of French. It will start from the very beginning. Date: Oct 02, 2019 – Jan 22, 2020 Day: Wednesday Time : 6.15pm – 7.45pm Category: Languages Venue : Teachers Club,36 Parnell Square Cost: €95 for twelve classes Lecturer: Laurence Devaux This course is designed for people with NO…

French For Improvers Course

French For Improvers Course. This course is aimed at those who have a little knowledge of French – who have completed a beginner’s course and are familiar with the Present Tense and simple vocabulary. No books necessary as materials provided Date: Oct 02, 2019 – Jan 22, 2020 Day: Wednesday Time : 7.45pm – 9.15pm Category: Languages Venue : Teachers…

French Intermediate I Course

French Intermediate I Course. It will equip the student with new language skills required to cope in France whether on business or holiday. Tutor: Ms Laureen Richard Date: Oct 03, 2019 – Jan 23, 2020 Day: Thursday Time : 7.45pm – 9.15pm Category: Languages Venue : Teachers Club,36 Parnell Square Cost: €95 for twelve classes    

French Intermediate II Course

French Intermediate II Course. This course is designed for people who have completed the People’s College Intermediate I course or those who have a good knowledge of the various past tenses, future and conditional tenses. Date: Oct 03, 2019 – Jan 23, 2020 Day: Thursday Time : 6.15 – 7.45p.m Category: Languages Venue : Teachers Club,36 Parnell Square, Dublin 1…

Guitar (Intermediate) Course

Guitar (Intermediate) Course. This course caters for those who have completed the beginner’s course or those who have been playing classical guitar for at least one year. Students taking this course must have knowledge of how to read music for the guitar. Date: Oct 03, 2019 – May 07, 2020 Day: Thursday Time : 8.15pm – 9.30pm Venue :…

Guitar for Beginners course

Tutor: Alan Grundy, M.A. (Mus), Hon. V.C.M., F.T.C.L., L.R.S.M., A.L.C.M. Alan Grundy is one of Ireland’s most qualified and experienced guitar teachers. Date: Oct 03, 2019 – May 07, 2020 Day: Thursday Time : 7.15pm – 8.15pm Category: Venue : Teachers’ Club, 36 Parnell Square, Dublin 1. Cost: €125 for 24 classes His career now spans four decades and during…

Herbal Medicine (Introduction Course)

Herbal Medicine (Introduction Course). This course will introduce students to Herbal Medicine. You will learn what Western Herbal Medicine is and about common plants that grow in fields and gardens around us and the traditional and current uses in supporting health. Date: Sep 30, 2019 – Jan 20, 2020 Day: Monday Time : 6.30 – 8.00pm Category: Health and…

Herbal Medicine - Introduction - Morning class

This course will introduce students to Herbal Medicine. You will learn what Western Herbal Medicine is and about common plants that grow in fields and gardens around us and the traditional and current uses in supporting health. Date: Oct 04, 2019 – Jan 24, 2020 Day: Friday Time : 11.00am – 12.30pm Category: Health and Fitness, Stress Management Venue : Teachers…

History - Dublin in the Rare Ould Times Course

History – Dublin in the Rare Ould Times Course. It will explore how Irish society evolved and changed, and how Church and State, individually and collectively, collaborated and influenced those changes, as well as examining important historical figures that helped shape events which left a legacy for many years to come. Often, the people who…

HISTORY - EXPLORING JAMES JOYCE’S DUBLINER'S AND A PORTRAIT OF THE ARTIST AS A YOUNG MAN

This course is an entertaining and enriching whistle-stop introduction to the life and works of Dublin’s greatest writer, James Joyce. Date: Oct 02, 2019 – Jan 22, 2020 Day: Wednesday Time : 6.00pm – 8.00pm Category: History and Politics, Personal development, The Arts Venue : To be confirmed in office on start date Cost: €145 for twelve classes   This course introduces the…

HISTORY: 'IRELAND, 1798 – 1998 - War, Peace and a study of the people and efforts in between'.

‘From the granting of Home Rule to the Home Rule Party under Redmond during the First World War,to’New Nationalism’ and the Peace Agreement in 1998, this course will examine the people and events that shaped Modern Irish History. Date: Feb 04, 2020 – May 05, 2020 Day: Tuesday Time : 6.15pm- 7.45pm Category: Venue : Teachers Club,36 Parnell Square…

Ireland and Europe: Current Affairs, Politics and the Role of the Citizen Course

Ireland and Europe: Current Affairs, Politics and the Role of the Citizen Course. Lecturer: Odran Reid, BA (Mod), H.Dip Ed, MSc Spatial Planning, MIED We will look at issues such as the economy, the referendum process, crime, health, transport and other policy areas as they arise. There will be a focus on the day-to-day breaking…

Irish for Beginners course

Learn how to communicate in Irish. Date: Sep 30, 2019 – Jan 20, 2020 Day: Monday Time : 6.15pm – 7.45pm Category: Irish Language Training, Languages, Personal development Venue : Teachers Club,36 Parnell Square Cost: €95 for twelve classes This course is geared towards those who have little or no Irish but would like to learn their vocabulary and general knowledge of the…

Italian for Beginners Course

This Italian for Beginners Course is designed for real beginners with no previous knowledge of Italian. At the end of the course students should be able to satisfy basic communicative needs. Date: Sep 30, 2019 – Jan 20, 2020 Day: Monday Time : 6.00pm – 7.30pm Category: Languages Venue : To be confirmed in office on start date Cost: €95 for…

Italian Intermediate course

This course is intended for students who have acquired a good level of understanding and who wish to further their knowledge of Italian language and culture Date: Oct 01, 2019 – Jan 21, 2020 Day: Tuesday Time : 7.30pm – 9pm Category: Languages Venue : People’s College, 31 Parnell Square, Dublin Cost: €95 for twelve classes Open topics will be discussed…

Mindfulness, Meditation, Relaxation for Beginners, Improver's and Practitioners

Mindfulness, Meditation, Relaxation for Beginners, Improver’s and Practitioners. Being present, being joyful, being healed. Mindfulness Practices for Beginners and Practitioners. Supporting different skill levels and experience we will : Share the depth and richness of the Foundation Practices. With spacious relaxation we will practice sitting and walking meditation. Exploring Mindfulness of the Body, Breathing Sensations,…

Modern Calligraphy - Intermediate Course

This class will focus on learning new scripts along with experimentation of new writing tools and materials. Learning will be through demonstration and individual guided practice. Students will be encouraged and assisted to create personalised projects and compositions over the duration of the course. Level 2 – Tutor: Ms Grainne Carr This course is suitable…

Music Appreciation - Beginners Course

Music Appreciation – Beginners Course. In Music Appreciation Course, questions and discussion are encouraged. No musical experience or ability, other than an interest in listening is required. The course will offer advice on how to start a good CD collection of classical music. Lecturer: John Buckley, NT, MA. Ph.D. D Mus & Sean Doherty. An…

Music Appreciation Course - A Guide to Listening

Music Appreciation Course – A Guide to Listening. Composers and their music will be discussed in the general historical and artistic context of their time with key works being considered in detail. Questions and discussions are welcomed. No musical experience or ability other than an interest in listening is required. Lecturer: John Buckley, NT, MA.…

Ontology (Reality Check) Course

It is not life, people or events that cause us to suffer, it’s our reaction to them that causes our unhappiness and it’s our mental conditioning that causes our reactions Date: Sep 30, 2019 – May 20, 2020 Day: Monday Time : 6.30 – 7.45 pm Category: Public Speaking Venue : To be confirmed in office on start date Cost: €130…

Painting for All

This 12 week painting course is for beginners and improvers to build confidence in using acrylics. Tutor: Elizabeth Archbold Date: Sep 30, 2019 – Jan 20, 2020 Day: Monday Time : 6.30pm – 8.00pm Category: Venue : To be confirmed in office on start date Cost: €130 for twelve classes The course covers basic materials, improving skills for working from…

Photography for Beginners

The 12 lessons during this course have been developed over many years and aims to accommodate learners from absolute beginners to advanced beginners. Primarily, the aim of this course is to address early steps of camera work and downloading pictures to a students Personal Computer (PC). Cameras accepted on this course include those listed below:…

Positive Psychology - Advanced Course for Real Life Situations

Positive Psychology – Advanced Course for Real Life Situations. The objectives of the Positive Psychology Course include to develop and enhance: Self-awareness Relationships Emotional self-regulation Concentration and Focus Emotional resilience Personal achievement academic, work, goals etc. Happiness and fulfillment. To reduce tension, stress, anger, and fatigue. The aim of this Course is to facilitate the…

Positive Psychology Coaching: Putting the Science of Happiness into your life

This course will enable you to: • Understand what to do to feel better almost instantly • Learn simple practices to improve your well-being • Discover your strengths and how to use them • Activate strategies for Success Date: Oct 02, 2019 – Jan 22, 2020 Day: Wednesday Time : 6.15 – 7.45 p.m Category: Venue : To be…

Public Speaking/Presentation Skills Course

Public Speaking/Presentation Skills Course. Areas covered in Public Speaking skills course include: How to control nervousness How to make the best use of your voice Non-verbal communication How to structure a presentation How to choose appropriate words and language How to handle a questions and answers session The use of humor etc. etc. This is…

Qigong (Improvers/Practitioners)

Qigong course run by People’s College. Practiced in China by young and old alike for over one thousand years Medical Qigong is a complete healthcare system. Its simple, yet powerful, gentle flowing movements, integrated breathing and meditative awareness invigorates our natural healing ability bringing an enhanced experience of well being, vitality and physical fitness. Tutor:…

Self Defence for Men and Women

No need for strain!! Learn how to deal with an aggressor with ease and confidence! Our classes are taught very slowly and very gently. It’s very effective! For men and women of all ages, shapes, sizes and fitness levels! Date: Oct 02, 2019 – Jan 22, 2020 Day: Wednesday Time : 6.30pm – 7.45pm Category: Health & Safety, Health and…

Spanish 1 Beginners (A1.1) Course

Spanish 1 Beginners (A1.1) Course. This course is aimed at those students that want to start learning the language. The course will be using an online platform to enhance learning. The course consists of 24 weeks divided into two terms of 12 weeks each. Date: Oct 02, 2019 – Jan 22, 2020 Day: Wednesday Time : 6.00 -…

Spanish 2 - Beginners (A1.2)

This course is not for complete beginners. It is aimed at those students who have done some Spanish before. The course will be using an online platform to enhance learning. Date: Oct 02, 2019 – Jan 22, 2020 Day: Wednesday Time : 7.30pm – 9.00pm Category: Personal development Venue : To be confirmed in office on start date Cost: €95 for…

Spanish 3 - Level A2.1 Course (Pre-basic Spanish)

Spanish 3 – Level A2.1 Course. Students should have previous knowledge in Spanish. This course will be using an on line platform to enhance learning. This course consists of 24 weeks divided into two terms of 12 weeks each. Date: Oct 01, 2019 – Jan 21, 2020 Day: Tuesday Time : 12.30 – 2.00pm Category: Personal development Venue : To…

Spanish 4 - Basic (A2.2)

The Spanish course is aimed at those with some knowledge of Spanish. They should have completed the beginners course prior to this level. Date: Oct 01, 2019 – Jan 21, 2020 Day: Tuesday Time : 6.00pm – 7.30pm Category: Languages, Personal development Venue : To be confirmed in office on start date Cost: €95 for twelve classes This course will be using…

Spanish 5 - Pre-Intermediate Spanish - Level A2.2 - B1.1

This Spanish course is aimed to those who have intermediate level of Spanish. Students should know the past tenses. This course will be using on line platform to enhance learning. This course consists of 24 weeks divided into two terms. Date: Oct 01, 2019 – Jan 21, 2020 Day: Tuesday Time : 11.00am – 12.30pm Category: Languages, Personal development Venue :…

Spanish 6 - Upper Intermediate - Level B2.2.1

This Spanish course is aimed to those who have intermediate level of Spanish. Students should also be familiar with the subjunctive tense. Date: Oct 03, 2019 – Jan 23, 2020 Day: Thursday Time : 6.00pm – 7.30pm Category: Languages, Personal development Venue : To be confirmed in office on start date Cost: €95.00 for 12 classes This course will be using on…

Tai Chi - Cheng Hsin Tai Chi Course

Tai Chi – Cheng Hsin Tai Chi Course. As part of the course, the student will learn profound body awareness and how best to use posture and movement. This means that all physical tasks become easier and the likelihood of strain or injury in ANY physical task is greatly reduced. A form of Chi Gung…

Tin Whistle (Intermediate)

These Tin Whistle classes will cover more advanced techniques in ornamentation and style. They would suit people who already possess a basic knowledge of the tin whistle. Date: Oct 03, 2019 – May 07, 2020 Day: Thursday Time : 7.15pm – 8.15pm Category: Venue : Teachers’ Club, 36 Parnell Square, Dublin 1. Cost: €125 for 24 classes  

Tin Whistle for Beginners Course

Tin Whistle for Beginners Course. These classes are designed for beginners and will cover all aspects of traditional Irish music. The tin whistle is the generation “D” whistle. Date: Oct 03, 2019 – May 07, 2020 Day: Thursday Time : 6.15pm – 7.15pm Category: Venue : Teachers’ Club, 36 Parnell Square, Dublin 1 Cost: €125 for 24 classes

Ukulele Beginners Course

Ukulele Beginners Course at Peoples College Lecturer: Alan Grundy, M.A.(Mus), Hon.V.C.M., F.T.C.L., L.R.S.M., A.L.C.M. Date: Oct 03, 2019 – May 07, 2020 Day: Thursday Time : 6.00pm – 7.00pm Category: Venue : Teachers Club,36 Parnell Square Cost: €125.00 for 24 classes   The Ukulele Beginners course has a new term commencing on the 4th October. It will be a fun…

Ukulele Intermediate Course

Date: Oct 04, 2019 – May 08, 2020 Day: Friday Time : 6.30pm – 7.30pm Category: Mental Health, Stress Management, The Arts Venue : Teachers Club,36 Parnell Square Cost: €125.00 for 24 classes After two very successful years of “Ukulele for Beginners”, The People’s College now offer a Ukulele Intermediate Course  to continue where the beginners class finished off. Since this class is…

Watercolours Intermediate course

Date: Sep 30, 2019 – Jan 20, 2020 Day: Monday Time : 11am – 1.00pm Category: Personal development, The Arts Venue : The Connect Union Building, 6 Gardiner Row, Dublin 1 Cost: €130 for ten classes

Yoga - Beginners & Improvers - Monday Evenings

Yoga – Beginners & Improvers – Monday Evenings. World renowned for bringing a profound sense of physical and mental well being, Hatha Yoga works gently towards the emergence of new, positive life patterns, so we can enjoy life and face its challenges with a greater sense of confidence, courage and vitality. Through postures, breathing exercises…

Yoga Beginners Course - Tuesday Evenings

Yoga for Beginners  Course – Tuesday Evenings. Promoting health and longevity through exercises, postures, breathing and guided relaxation Yoga simply dissolves blockages and stress. World renowned for bringing a profound sense of physical and mental well being, Hatha Yoga works gently towards the emergence of new, positive life patterns, so we can enjoy life and…

Yoga for Beginners - Tues Mornings

Yoga for Beginners and Improvers – Tues Mornings. World renowned for bringing a profound sense of physical and mental well being, Hatha Yoga works gently towards the emergence of new, positive life patterns, so we can enjoy life and face its challenges with a greater sense of confidence, courage and vitality. Through postures, breathing exercises…

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