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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)
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…
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)
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…
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…
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…
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
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…
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…
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…
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
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…
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…
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…
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
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,…
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. 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…
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…
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…
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.…
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…
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:…
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…
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…
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…
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
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…
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…
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 -…
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 :…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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 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…
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…
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…
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…
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 - 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…
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…
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…
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 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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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 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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…

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