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Modules - Learn, Live & Enjoy

Adult learners can choose from different modules (A-D), whatever suits their interests and needs:

A) English tuition

Each week, English lessons are held in the morning from Monday to Friday. Please note, that classes can also be held in the afternoon during peak season. Students can choose from the following course options:

  • General English (20 lessons/week)
    • in groups of 6 students or
    • in mini-groups of 3 students.
  • Intensive English (30 lessons/week)
    • in groups of 6 students or
    • in mini-groups of 3 students.

B) Accommodation

Various accommodation options are available in our English school in Kilkenny:

  • Host family
  • B&B guest houses
  • Self-catering apartments

C) Free-time activity programme

Every week, the school offers various educational, cultural & social activities. All excursions and activities are organized and accompanied by a member of staff. Participation on all excursions, activities and trips is voluntary and at an extra cost.

Participating in the school´s excursions and trips will enhance your knowledge about Kilkenny, Dublin and Ireland as a whole. There are a wide variety of activities on offer including Irish dancing classes, city tours, cooking classes, and cultural and social outings. The school also organizes interesting excursions around Ireland, for example to the Irish coast in Waterford and Tramore, Dublin, Glendalough, and Cork, just to name a few.

The following free-time activities are offered on a regular basis (sample) - please note that we require a minimum number of participants for each activity:

  • Cooking classes
  • Movie nights
  • Irish dancing show and workshop
  • City Tours and excursions
  • Museums
  • Variety of sports (hurling, football, table tennis, Pitch & Putt etc.)
  • and more

D) Airport Transfers

If requested, adult learners are picked up upon arrival to Ireland and/or dropped off upon their return.

'Learn, Live & Enjoy' - English courses for adult learners
in our English language school in Kilkenny

Accreditations & Memberships

mackdonald language academy is committed to offering the highest quality courses and services to our students. Our English school in Kilkenny is recognised and accredited by the following leading independent quality marks in the language travel industry.



Our English summer camps in Kilkenny are recognised by the Irish Department of Education and Skills as a school for the teaching of English as a foreign language. The Advisory Council for English Language Schools (ACELS) administers the scheme which leads to School Accreditation and Recognition by the Department of Education & Skills - ACELS (




MEI is an association of 55 recognised English Language Schools in Ireland. Quality is central to MEI's mission. All MEI schools are recognised by the Irish Department of Education through an inspection scheme administered by ACELS (


AGPI regulate, monitor and assess the placement and guardianship of international students, under the age of 18, in Irish secondary schools. Facilitated and documented by the Irish children’s charity Barnardos, the AGPI’s Quality Assurance Framework (QAF), is designed to benefit all Guardianship Providers in Ireland (

Education in Ireland

Enterprise Ireland manages the Education in Ireland national brand under the authority of the Irish Minister for Education and Skills. Enterprise Ireland is responsible for the promotion, development and branding of Irish Higher Education Institutions overseas (


For interested English students that are enrolled in one of our English summer camps in Kilkenny, we offer Junior TIE examinations. TIE is a test especially designed for junior learners and the TIE certificate is recognised by the Irish Department of Education and Science (



mackdonald language academy is a member of Kilkenny Tourism - an organisation promoting tourism in Kilkenny, the South-East and Ireland - KILKENNY TOURISM (



YOUR English school of choice in the heart of Ireland

mackdonald language academy is an ACELS/QQI, MEI and AGPI accredited, certified and independent English language school in Kilkenny, Ireland.

We are specialised in offering 'all inclusive' holiday courses for international kids and teenagers (13-18 years) from all over the world.

Our junior students either come as individuals during our international English Summer Camps in June, July and August. Or else, students come to us in Kilkenny as part of a group of international language students at any time of the year (mini-stay programme for groups).

With us, students do not only improve their English, they also get a very good impression of the cultural and natural beauty of Ireland: Learn English & Experience Ireland is the motto of our English school. All levels of English are catered for: beginner - intermediate - advanced.
We also offer placements of international students in Irish high schools through our high school programme "Irish Experience". Our Irish high school placement programme is certified by AGPI.
We also offer English courses for adult learners, both as private lessons and small group instruction, mainly during the summer months.
mackdonald Kilkenny

mackdonald language academy is based in Kilkenny, in the South-East of Ireland. Kilkenny enchants visitors from all over the world with its Irish charm. Kilkenny has a wealth of history and a colourful culture.

Kilkenny is only 90min from Dublin and is visited by many tourists from all over the world each year. Kilkenny is centrally located in the heart of Ireland.

Kilkenny is full of traditions and customs and these, combined with modern advancements, make Kilkenny a highly attractive travel destination. Learn English & Experience Ireland.

The English spoken in Ireland is clear and very easy to understand. The medium-sized town of Kilkenny is safe, clean and there are many attractions to see and explore. Kilkenny is not too big but also not too small.

We aim to help our students improve their English learning skills in a friendly and stimulating atmosphere by providing an extensive educational and cultural programme. We ensure that all our students' needs and wants are clearly understood and met at all times.

With mackdonald language academy, a successful and a great time in Ireland is guaranteed.


Studying English the Irish way is an experience you will always remember -
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