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First year/Trinity Hall Student Residency Scheme

The application process for Trinity's Irish Language Residency Scheme (An Scéim Cónaithe) is now open for the 2022-23 academic year. This accomodation is located Trinity Hall, Dartry, Dublin 6.

Students who will be in first-year in September 2022 are invited to apply by downloading and completing the application form below by Monday 27th June 2022. There are twelve spaces available in the Irish apartments and a €1,000 grant payment is made to students to assist in covering accommodation costs.

The Scheme is open to students from across Ireland and abroad who are fluent in Irish and wish to speak it on a daily basis. 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.

Download the application form here (as Gaeilge)
(Extended deadline: Monday 4th July 2022)


General information

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 student speakers who meet the criteria below.

First-year Irish speakers who wish to speak the language in their daily lives are sought. Students are also asked to attend Irish language events and fulfill the commitments below. The student is obliged to pay the cost of their accommodation but receives a grant payment of €1,000 over the course of the academic year to assist in covering these costs.

€500 is paid after Christmas and the remaining €500 is payed 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.

A separate application, outside of the application for the Residency Scheme, must be made to the Accommodation Office if you would like to live in Trinity Hall so that if you don't get a place on the Scheme, you will still have the opportunity to live in university accommodation. You can apply here and may wish to include a note in your application that you would like to be placed in the same building as An Scéim Cónaithe apartments, where possible, so that you are close to other Irish speaking students. It is not necessary, however, to have applied for accommodation in Trinity Hall in order to apply for the Irish Language Residency Scheme.


  • There are twelve places available on the scheme.
  • There are two apartments, with six students living in each apartment.
  • Each student will have their own bedroom and ensuite bathroom. They will share the common living spaces e.g. kitchen/living area with the remaining five students.
  • Click here for further information on Trinity Hall

Do you fulfill the requirements below?

  • You will be a first year undergraduate, fulltime student in Trinity College Dublin in September 2022.
  • You would like to share accommodation with other Irish speakers.
  • You are an 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

  • Irish will be the spoken language in the apartment.
  • Attend meetings called by the Irish Language Officer during 2022-23 academic year.
  • Take an active part in Irish life in the university and promote the language and culture in Trinity Hall.
  • Organise and facilitate a weekly conversation circle as a group.
  • Complete at least one project as a group in both academic terms promote the Irish language e.g. hold an event or awareness campaign.
  • Prepare a report and presentation (as a group) for the Irish Language Officer and Coiste na Gaeilge at the end of the teaching terms outlining how the requirements of the scheme have been fulfilled.
  • Compile a magazine as a group at the end of the academic year as a record of the Scheme's activities.
  • Support the work of the Irish Language Office e.g. attend events, help with organisation, etc.
  • The student is obliged to pay for the cost of accommodation in Trinity Hall. The Irish Language Office provides a grant of €1,000 to help reduce the accommodation costs.
  • Sign a form at the beginning of the 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.
  • Follow the rules and regulations set out by the university and government in relation coronavirus COVID-19 at all times. It should be noted that these may change over the course of the academic year and must be adhered to.
  • Where it is deemed that a student is not in compliance with the conditions of the Scheme or has not complied with the conditions of the Scheme at the end of the term/year, the Irish Language Officer and Coiste na Gaeilge shall have the right to terminate the student's participation in the Scheme or not to pay the grant or part of the grant.

Application process


The application process opens and students are invited to complete and submit an application form to by Monday 27th June 2022.


Applications are shortlisted and students named on the shortlist are invited for interview.

Following the interview process, twelve first-year students will be selected for Trinity Hall's Irish Language Residency Scheme. The Irish Language Officer will contact students to inform them if they are or are not offered a space on the Scheme.

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 in Trinity Hall. Certain rules and restrictions may be in place in the 2022-23 academic year, 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 Language Residency Scheme will adhere to these rules and restrictions at all times. Further information on COVID-19 and Trinity is available here.

Download the application form here (as Gaeilge)
(Extended deadline: Monday 4th July 2022)


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