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People's College for Continuing Education and Training

01 8735164
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

Astronomy – Elementary Course. 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 evolution The…

Avenues into Modern and Contemporary Art (Saturday Class)

Throughout the course, temporary exhibitions will be examined alongside works from the permanent collection. The Gallery’s overarching theme for 2018 is, The Artist as Witness: Migrations, and these illustrated lectures will also offer the opportunity for exploring this engaging and wide ranging theme. Course Co-ordinated by Jessica O’Donnell, Head of Education and Community Outreach. Registration…

Beginners Guide to Watercolours

Tutor: Ms Grainne Carr Brand New Course to the People’s College A Wonderful project for you to take on. Date: Oct 01, 2018 – Jan 21, 2019 Day: Monday Time : 11am – 12.30pm Venue : The Teachers Club, 36 Parnell Square West, Dublin Cost: €130 for twelve classes In this course students will learn how to use watercolour paints…

Calligraphy Introduction Course

This Calligraphy Introduction Course is suitable for anyone interested in learning calligraphy. No experience is necessary and complete beginners are welcome. Date: Oct 04, 2018 – Jan 24, 2019 Day: Thursday Time : 6.30pm – 8.30pm Venue : Peoples College, 31 Parnell Square, Dublin 1 Cost: €130 for twelve classes We will cover the basic skills of letterforms and formal scripts…

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.    

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. It is aimed at those who have a good basic grammar knowledge but do not feel comfortable at launching in conversations. The course is structured around some situation related scenarios and also…

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

This workshop is aimed primarily at people who want to write but don’t quite know how to get started. Date: Oct 02, 2018 – Jan 22, 2019 Day: Tuesday Time : 6.15pm – 7.45pm Venue : 31 Parnell Square, Dublin Cost: €125 for twelve classes There will be two terms of twelve weeks each and participants can sign up to…

Creative Writing Morning 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 for people who have done…

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

AUTUMN Theme: Creating a Monster Set Texts: Pygmalion – a play by George Bernard Shaw Galatea 2.2 – a novel by Richard Powers Frankenstein – a novel by Mary Shelley Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde – a novel by Robert Louis Stevenson Classes are friendly, relaxed and the aim is to enhance your understanding 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 course (Beginners & Improvers)

Feltmaking is one of the oldest textile making techniques which is getting more and more popular again all over the world. Natural animal fibres, mainly wool fibres are used in the process. Warm soapy water is applied to layers of wool and repeated agitation and compression causes wool to shrink, the fibres interlock and mat…

Feltmaking course for Improvers/Advanced

This new 12-week course run by felt artist, Gabi McGrath, is designed for those who`ve already attended the beginners felt-making course at People`s College. The felt-making projects covered on this course offer more complex techniques and designs. Venue: The , 37 Parnell Square, Dublin 1 Tuesday EveningsTime: 6.15 – 8.15pm 12 WeeksCost:€175.00

French Beginners Course

French Beginners Course. Lecturer: Laurence Devaux. This course is designed for people with NO previous knowledge of French. It will start from the very beginning. No book necessary as materials will be provided by tutor. Registration details: this is a 24 week course divided into two terms of 12 weeks each with and an optional…

French For Improvers Course

French For Improvers Course. This course is aimed at those who have a little knowledge of French – people who have completed a beginners course and are familiar with the present tense and simple vocabulary. Lecturer: Laurence Devaux. No books necessary as material provided in class.

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.   Lecturer: Severine De Malingreau.  

French Intermediate II Course

French Intermediate II Course. The 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. This course will bring the student to a higher level of understanding and speaking modern French.  

Guitar (Intermediate) Course

Guitar (Intermediate) Course. Students will be given the opportunity to study and play pieces from any of the recognized examination syllabi and may sit for an exam at the end of term if they so wish. Tutor: Alan Grundy, M.A. (Mus), Hon. V.C.M., F.T.C.L., L.R.S.M., A.L.C.M. Venue : Teachers’ Club, 36 Parnell Square, Dublin 1.  …

Guitar for Beginners course

This year the course will be 24 weeks long so we will strive to reach an examination level of Grade One, at which point students can choose to sit this exam if they so wish. A strong emphasis is placed on the correct playing techniques as this will serve as a solid foundation for further…

Herbal Medicine (Introduction Course)

Herbal Medicine (Introduction Course). It will introduce the student to: Herbs from the Irish Medicine tradition Dandelion, Nettle, Yarrow and Marshmallow. The medicinal properties of some common culinary herbs and herbs that aid digestion. Introduction to the actions of Herbs Astringent, Bitter, Calming and Demulcent actions. Balms and creams, teas and tinctures. Wicked Herbs Some…

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 05, 2018 – Jan 10, 2019 Day: Friday Time : 11.00am – 12.30pm Venue : Teachers Club, 36 Parnell Square,…

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 - The joy of Joyce: introducing the life and work of James Joyce

This course is an entertaining and enriching whistle-stop introduction to the life and works of Dublin’s greatest writer, James Joyce. Date: Feb 06, 2019 – May 08, 2019 Day: Wednesday Time : 6.15pm – 7.45pm Venue : The Teachers Club, 36 Parnell Square West, Dublin Cost: €120 for twelve classes Step between the pages of Joyce’s ‘Dubliners’ and meet characters…

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: Oct 04, 2018 – Jan 24, 2019 Day: Thursday 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

This is a complete Beginners Course suitable only for those who have never studied Irish before. By the end of the course students will be able to hold a basic conversation. Date: Oct 01, 2018 – Jan 21, 2019 Day: Monday Time : 8.00pm- 9.30pm Venue : Teachers Club,36 Parnell Square Cost: €95 for twelve classes They will also learn…

Italian - Conversational Course

Italian – Conversational Course. This Italian language course is designed for students who have a good basic grammar but do not feel comfortable at launching into conversations.  This course is structured around some situation related scenarios and also makes use of listening comprehension activities. It is aimed at those who have a good basic grammar…

Italian for Beginners Course

Italian for Beginners Course. This 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. These include talking about themselves, being able to interact in one-to-one conversations about basic topics. They will also be able to talk both,…

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 02, 2018 – Jan 22, 2019 Day: Tuesday Time : 7.30pm – 9pm Category: Venue : People’s College, 31 Parnell Square, Dublin Cost: €95 for twelve classes Open topics will be discussed…

Literature Appreciation Course

Literature Appreciation Course. The literature appreciation class will resume for the Spring Term in February. FIGHTING THE SYSTEM. This term the group will study three more fantastic novels all of which have been turned into movies. The general theme is “fighting the system”. The novels, which will be read in the following order, are: One…

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

Modern Calligraphy – Intermediate Course. This course is suitable for anyone interested in learning calligraphy and has the basic knowledge. 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…

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.  …

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: Oct 01, 2018 – Jan 21, 2019 Day: Monday Time : 6.30 – 7.45 pm Venue : Teachers Club,36 Parnell Square Cost: €130 for twelve classes Luckily, we don’t…

Painting for All

These rigorous introductory painting classes are for beginners and returners. Some classes will be working from a life model. Tutor: Elizabeth Archbold Date: Oct 01, 2018 – Jan 06, 2019 Day: Monday Time : 6.30pm – 8.00pm Category: Venue : Teachers Club, 37 Parnell Square Cost: €130 for twelve classes Classes will focus on line, composition, drawing the figure, tone,…

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 03, 2018 – Jan 08, 2019 Day: Wednesday Time : 6.15 – 7.45 p.m Category: Venue : Teachers Club,36…

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 - Medical - Beginners Course

Qigong – Medical – Beginners Course. 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, 2018 – Jan 22, 2019 Day: Tuesday Time : 6.30pm – 7.45pm Venue : The Teachers Club,…

Spanish 1 - Complete Beginners (A1.1) Course

Spanish 1 – Complete Beginners (A1.1) Course. At the end of this Spanish language course you will be able to: Talk about yourself, Giving your name, Professions, Hobbies and interests, Talking about your country. The course will also introduce you to vocabulary when shopping. It also involves talking about likes and dislikes. This course has…

Spanish 2 - Beginners (A1.2)

This course is aimed at those students who have done some Spanish before. Date: Oct 02, 2018 – Jan 07, 2019 Day: Tuesday Time : 6.00pm – 7.30pm Venue : Teachers’ Club, 36 Parnell Square, Dublin 1 Cost: €95 for twelve classes

Spanish 3 - Level A2.1 Course

Spanish 3 – Level A2.1 Course. This course is aimed at those students who have done Spanish before. We will cover: talking about learning languages, feelings and experiences, giving advice, talking about an ideal house, talking about biographies, describing people, how to ask for a favour/permission, talking about experiences and making plans Lecturer: Marta Sanz…

Spanish 4 - Improvers (A2.2) Course

Spanish 4 – Improvers (A2.2) Course. At the end of this course you will be able to: talk about the past, give advice, describing a house, comparing, biographies, make plans, talking about experiences and making comments about them, talk about the future. The contents of this course may change Lecturer: Marta Sanz Fernandez.  

Spanish 5 Improvers - Level A2.2 - B1.1

Spanish 5 Improvers – Level A2.2 – B1.1 Course. At the end of the course you will be able to: give an opinion (verbal and written) talk about feelings and character, express conditions and consequences, indirect speech. Registration details: the contents of this course may change. This course has two terms (12 weeks of 1.5…

Spanish 6 Improvers - Level B2.1

This course is aimed to those who have intermediate level of Spanish. Date: Oct 04, 2018 – Jan 09, 2019 Day: Thursday Time : 6.00pm – 7.30pm Venue : Teachers’ Club 36 Parnell square,Dublin 1 Cost: €95.00 for 12 classes

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 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 04, 2018 – May 09, 2019 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. The Tin Whistle classes are designed for beginners and will cover all aspects of traditional Irish music. The tin whistle is the generation D whistle. Tutor: Peter Phelan. These classes are designed for beginners and will cover all aspects of traditional Irish music. The tin whistle is the generation “D”…

Ukulele - Beginners Course

Ukulele – Beginners Course. Lecturer: Alan Grundy, M.A.(Mus), Hon.V.C.M., F.T.C.L., L.R.S.M., A.L.C.M. Alan has designed this course to deal with all of the basic chords, strumming techniques and the correct use of the plectrum. This is definitely a ‘fun course’ and Alan hopes to be able to create a Ukulele Orchestra in which all of…

Watercolours - Beginners/Intermediate

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 used in watercolour painting. The class is aimed to assist students create their own individual artworks in a unique and personal way. Learning will be through demonstration and individual…

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 for Beginners & Improvers Course - Tuesday Evenings

Yoga for Beginners & Improvers 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…

Yoga for Beginners and Improvers - 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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