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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)
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…
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…
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…
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…
Create Your Own Sketchbook
Tutor: Ms Grainne Carr Brand New Course to the People's College A Wonderful project for you to take on. Date: Oct 04, 2018 - Jan 24, 2019 Day: Thursday Time : 11am - 12.30pm Venue : The Teachers Club,…
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…
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…
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,…
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…
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…
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…
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,…
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,…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
HISTORY (Introducing James Joyce’s ‘Ulysses’)
Meet Joyce’s everyman Leopold Bloom and his racy, earthy wife Molly, along with a host of other Dubliner's brought to vivid life. Date: Oct 03, 2018 - Jan 08, 2019 Day: Wednesday Time : 6.15pm - 7.45pm Venue :…
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…
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.…
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.…
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. The course will be based on the book Grammaire progressive du franais…
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.…
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…
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.…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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 -…
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…
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…
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…
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 :…
BUJINKAN NINPO BUDO TAIJUTSU (NINJUTSU)
BUJINKAN NINPO BUDO TAIJUTSU (NINJUTSU). Unified under the tutelage of Grand Master Masaaki Hatsumi they offer great ideas for self-defense, body awareness, health and fitness and personal development. Included in the training are methods of…
Cheng Hsin (The Art of Effortless Power)
Cheng Hsin (The Art of Effortless Power). It includes techniques inspired by Tai Chi, Aikido, Judo and Western Boxing. It is of benefit to complete beginners or people with previous training in Martial Arts. There…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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,…
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:…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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,…
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…
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…
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,…
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…
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,…
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…
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…
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…
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,…
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…
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…
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…

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