Leaving Cert Aiste



Essential Irish was launched in September 2009, due to the new marking scheme in Irish announced by the Department of Education that same year.  Our team  has worked diligently to ensure that our Irish Oral programme remains unique and exclusive to our students.  Additional facilities are provided to enhance and personalise our programme. We at Essential Irish promise to maximise your potential regardless of your level.


Leaving Cert Irish Aiste Workshop

This online programme shows students how to tackle the Aiste in the Leaving Cert exam and also provides exclusive material for students to use when writing their own essays. This course is a wise investment as it allows students plenty of time to put the material into practice throughout the year in their school work. We also include a FREE final session at the end of Term 2 to facilitate revision and work on the predictions before the exam.


Check out this link to see information on our Leaving Cert Irish Oral Programmehttps://essentialfrench.ie/home/irish-grinds-cork/irish-oral-programme/


Essential Irish provides Leaving Cert Irish Grinds in Cork that offer:

Exclusive Material: We promise you exclusivity in the material and in the programme.  Everything we provide you is exclusive to our Essential Irish students.  Our material for Paper One written pieces (Aiste, Alt etc) along with our FANTASTIC oral material is completely original and guaranteed to impress!

Individual Attention: This is to ensure you receive our personal attention during your time with us.

An Enthusiastic Teaching Team: in a relaxed atmosphere, our tutors will build your confidence and perfect your fluency in Irish.

Help outside Classroom Hour: Our tutor will upload Facebook live streamings to perfect the pic sequences as well as the poetry readings.



Essential Irish: Here is what past students have to say about our Irish programme……

“It has been one of the best decisions I have made.  All the material is at a a very high standard and all possible aspects are covered.  The LC course is broken down so well and the small classes are great! Ye go far beyond any other average weekly grind”  Nicole Collins, Christ King

“ The teachers were great; I learnt so much!  I would recommend Essential Irish to everyone!”  Deirdre O Halloran, Ballincollig Community College

“Teacher was so enthusiastic and the notes were fantastic. I  feel so much better prepared now”  Jean Kiely, Carrigaline Community College

“The small classes really gives a lot of time for practice and personalising my answers! Thanks a million!”   Gillian O Riordan, Mount Mercy College

“Notes were brilliant and the help with our pronunciation was really good too.  Don’t  think I would have been able for the oral without it” Joanne O Mahony, Christ King

“The oral part of Essential Irish was most beneficial because by the end I felt way more confident” Rachel Allen

“The teacher was so helpful, very approachable – you can tell she is passionate about the Irish language, she’s so enthusiastic!”Aideen Driscoll, Christ King

“The one to one attention in the oral was very beneficial – and the notes which were made to suit me” Eadoin Kelly, Scoil Mhuire

“I loved the concise and structured manner in which all of the material was presented and covered” Aoife Burke, Christ King

“In school there are so many in class – in Essential Irish the individual practice was really good” Grainne Deasy, Scoil Mhuire

“The material was really up-to-date and relevant.  The teacher was really helpful, dynamic and friendly”  Aoife O’Leary-McNeice, St Angela’s College



Essential French Language College, is a leading provider of Irish Grinds in Cork for Leaving Cert students.

10 responses to “Leaving Cert Aiste”

  1. Ciara Downey says:

    After taking part in the Essential Irish programme, I have gone up 2 grades in the Aiste part of the Irish paper! Shauna is a fantastic teacher and her notes are second to none. Aistes have always been very daunting to me but thanks to this programme I know I’m 100% guaranteed to do well in June. Thank you so much Shauna!

  2. Jean Mc Auliffe says:

    The Irish Aiste programme by Shauna is worthwhile and an amazing opportunity to maximise your marks and potential in the Irish paper. Thanks to the programme, I feel confident and prepared for my exam in June. Shauna was an amazing teacher who clearly has a great knowledge of the language.

  3. Sophie O’Hare says:

    I always found myself struggling with aistes but after attending the Irish Aiste Course I feel confident in achieving my best potential for the exam in June ! Thank you for the great help

  4. Ana Luisa says:

    Irish was one of my weakest subject in school but after attending the irish course, I truly believe I am more confident for my irish exam in June 🙂 thank youuuuu

  5. Laura wilson says:

    Irish was always the hardest subject for me, even the simple tasks like thinking of ideas for essays was hard. The Aiste course helped me form a H1 template that will suit any essay and it provided me with essays and vocab that I know will help me reach the best of my potential in my exams in June.

  6. Isabel Coburn says:

    Irish was always a weak subject for me. I found it very hard to improve my grade. After attending the Aiste corse my grade went from a H4 to a H2 in the Aiste !! The way they break down the material is excellent and they allow you to minimise the amount you need to learn off. I would really recommend the aisle course to anyone who finds it difficult to improve their aiste grade 🙂

  7. Sinéad Buckley says:

    The Essential Irish Aiste course is really brilliant and rewarding!!! Almost immediately after attending the course, I noticed my grades improve significantly!! The aiste part of the leaving cert Irish paper was quite daunting at first, but after attending Essential Irish I felt much more at ease with the questions. The notes provided were excellent and were applicable to every essay title on the past papers!! My teacher Dearbhla was just fantastic and so enthusiastic, and her passion for the language was really motivating also!! Míle buíochas Essential Irish!! 🙂

  8. Caoimhe Kennedy says:

    Joining essential Irish was a great boost of confidence. It gave me a ton of easy to learn and unique phrases for my oral. The teacher was available whenever you needed an extra hand and for plenty of practice orals. The orals were a breeze thanks to this. As for the pros and poetry the notes are plentiful and again easy to learn. The essential Irish team is right behind you all the way and has made Irish one of my favourite subjects! I would recommend this course to anyone!
    Caoimhe Kennedy

  9. Padraig Wilson McCarthy says:

    Enrolling in Essential Irish lifted a tonne off my shoulders! The amount of tuition you receive is brilliant and if you ever need an extra hand the Essential Irish team are more than delighted to oblige out of class time! I flew through the oral thanks to the extensive material and the one on one practice classes eliminated any nerves I had! The easy to learn notes for the Pros and Poetry course along with the essay notes have me feeling more than prepared for the exam. Cannot recommend and thank Essential Irish enough it has made me a fan of the language I used to dread to learn!!!!
    LC Douglas Community College

  10. Aoife Cotter says:

    Back in September 2011, I enrolled for Essential Irish hoping for the best, and that is without a doubt what I have received and more from all here at Essential Irish. The Essential Irish team have been of much needed help to me over the last few months. All the tutors are so understanding, easy to approach and the small class sizes make coming in welcoming, worth- while and beneficial. From having the same Irish teacher in school from day- one of first year my standard of Irish was made up of just the basics, I can now say that with the help and support of Essential Irish team and also due to the well laid out programme, I have finally learned to appreciate the beauty of the Irish language.
    I can now say I am confident and comfortable in sitting both my upcoming oral and written exam in June. Essential Irish is definitely the way to go if you feel your standard of Irish is low and you need some help or you just need that extra push, the Essential Irish team will be right behind you! I would recommend this programme to anyone !

    Aoife Cotter,
    LC student 11/12.

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