The benefits of learning
Sir -- Regarding the article by Eilis O'Hanlon (Sunday Independent, May 9, 2010) on Irish summer colleges, these colleges adhere to strict standards and are approved by the Department of Education and Skills and the Department of Community, Equality and Gaeltacht Affairs, which means that every aspect of college life is continually subjected to rigorous inspection.
College staff are committed to providing the highest standard of care and the promotion of the Irish language with due regard to evolving teaching methods and the development of young people.
To parents and teachers all over the country, the Irish colleges represent great learning benefit and value for money. Students have an enjoyable and fulfilling experience with a packed timetable every day, including: classes in the morning; a variety of sports, water activities or creative pursuits in the afternoon; and evening entertainment. Particular attention is paid to students' personal welfare with individual care given to issues such as homesickness or special dietary requirements.