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Trinity Hall/Dartry Student Residency Scheme

The candidates for the first-year Irish Language Residency Scheme in Trinity Hall, Dartry have been selected for 2020/21, in addition to a waiting list.

A supplementary list is being compiled in the case that the waiting list is exhausted. An application can be made to be included on the supplementary list by downloading and completing the application form (see link below), and sending it to Students named on the supplementary list may be interviewed if a space arises on the Residency Scheme and the waiting list is exhausted. If the waiting list is not exhausted, the supplementary list will not be used.

Please read the information below carefully to ensure that you are eligible to apply and that you understand the Residency Scheme conditions.

The Scheme is open to students who will be in first year in September 2020. It offers Irish language accommodation and an opportunity for students from across Ireland and abroad to live in a mini-Gaeltacht based in the university's accommodation campus located in Dartry, Dublin 6. Twelve spaces are offered to first year students and a grant of €1,000 is provided to assist in covering the accommodation costs. Please note that applications cannot be accepted from students from within the greater Dublin area.

Please read the information on this page carefully and then click on the link below to download the application form (in Irish).

Application form 2020/21 (as Gaeilge)

*An application can currently only be made for a place on the supplementary list as the application process for the 2020/21 Residency Scheme has concluded and the candidates have been chosen. The supplementary list may be used in the case that the waiting list is exhausted.


Residency Scheme

This scheme is administered by the Irish Language Office and Coiste na Gaeilge in partnership with the Junior Dean to promote the Irish language in university life by offering all-Irish accommodation to students who accept the conditions of the Scheme.

Fulltime first year students are sought who are fluent in Irish, willing to speak it in their daily lives and attend Irish language events as well as fulfill other requirements. Students must pay the cost of their accommodation but receive a grant payment (€1,000 per student over the course of the academic year) to assist in covering these costs.

50% of the grant (€500) is paid after Christmas and the remaining 50% (€500) at the end of the academic year. In the event of a student failing to comply with the requirements of the Scheme, the Irish Language Office reserves the right to terminate their participation in the Scheme.


  • There are 12 spaces available on the scheme.
  • There are 2 apartments, with 6 students in each apartment.
  • Each student has their own bedroom and ensuite bathroom. The 6 students will share common living spaces e.g. kitchen/living area.
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Do you fulfill the requirements below?

  • You will be in first year in Trinity College Dublin in September 2020.
  • You would like to share accommodation with other Irish speakers.
  • You are a fluent Irish speaker and wish to speak the language in your daily life.
  • You do not live in the Greater Dublin area.

Conditions for students of the Scheme

  • To speak Irish in the apartment at all times.
  • Attend meetings called by the Irish Language Officer during 2020/21 academic year.
  • Take an active part in Irish life in the university and to promote the language and culture in Trinity Hall.
  • Organise and facilitate a weekly conversation circle as a group.
  • Complete at least one project in both Michaelmas Term and in Hilary Term to promote the Irish language e.g. hold an event/awareness campaign, etc.
  • Prepare a report and present this report (with your group) to the Irish Language Officer and to Coiste na Gaeilge at the end of each term outlining how the requirements of the scheme have been carried out.
  • To prepare a report and presentation (as a group) for the Irish Language Officer and the Irish Language Committee at the end of Michaelmas Term and Hilary Term outlining how the requirements of the scheme have been fulfilled.
  • Support the work of the Irish Language Office e.g. attend events, help with organisation, etc.
  • The student must pay for the cost of the accommodation. The Irish Language Office provides a grant of €1,000 to help reduce the accommodation costs.
  • Sign a form at the beginning of the 2020/21 academic year confirming that you accept the conditions of the scheme.
  • Adhere to the rules set out by the Accommodation Office for students in Trinity accommodation.

Coronavirus COVID-19

The safety of students and staff is paramount and the government's advice on the COVID-19 coronavirus will be followed both on campus and in student accommodation. There will be certain rules and restrictions in place in College and in accommodation in the new academic year due to the virus and it should be noted that these may change over the course of the year depending on government guidelines. It is expected that students of the Irish Residency Scheme will adhere to these rules and restrictions at all times. Further information on COVID-19 and Trinity is available here.

Click here to download the Application Form

Last updated 21 August 2020 by .