As well as university and college undergraduate and postgraduate courses, Dublin offers other opportunities for education and learning. Many local libraries provide courses and lectures free of charge in a variety of topics from starting your own business to learning English as a second language. Course information can be found at Dublin City, South Dublin, Dún Laoghaire–Rathdown and Fingal public libraries. Education and community centres run reasonably priced popular courses to help upskill for the workplace or relax with a hobby.

Check out the courses in the areas of computer training, business, fitness training, personal development, childcare, hobby courses and more.


You will find thousands of further education, part-time and evening courses to choose from across the Dublin region.


Here you can find information on the wide array of options available to part time learners.


CDETB provides educational services in schools, colleges and centres. They place the learner at the centre of provision whether he/she is a second level student, a young adult wishing to obtain a Further Education and Training qualification or an older adult wishing to upskill.


The springboard+ initiative in higher education offers free courses at certificate, degree and masters level leading to qualifications in areas where there are employment opportunities in the economy. Springboard+ is co-funded by the Irish government and the European social fund as part of the ESF programme for employability, inclusion and learning 2014-2020.

Dublin and Dun Laoghaire Education and Training Board serves the three County areas of Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown, South Dublin and Fingal. Twenty six post-primary schools and five Further Education colleges provide education for over 19000 day students. The three Training Centres provide courses for 4000 trainees. Our Adult Education services provide varied programmes to over 14000 learners. Youth Services enrich the lives of young people in various programmes throughout the ETB area.


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Private education in Dublin

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UCD’s Irish Folklore Centre

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Parlez-vous Pirate?

There’s a lot of things you can learn at your local library. And how to speak Pirate is one of them. As a place to learn a foreign language, Dublin’s public libraries have a notable advantage over the city’s other estimable language-learning institutions – the facilities they offer are free! Aside from the foreign language books you can borrow, your library card gives you access to two other invaluable resources. One is a language app called Mango. The other is the more traditional but by no means outmoded method of improving your French, or your Mandarin; con

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