Exciting New Destination for Language Learners in West of Ireland: Connemara Language and Cultural Centre

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Newly Established Language, Activity and Cultural Centre in Clifden, County Galway in the West of Ireland teaching English and Gaelic

Learn, have fun and grow while enjoying your experience at Connemara Language and Cultural Centre

Connemara Language and Cultural Centre (CLCC) is a newly formed educational, tourism destination located in Clifden, County Galway. Clifden is the capital town of the geographical region of Connemara, world renowned for its rugged and unspoilt beauty.

CLCC is a unique venue combining an existing holiday village, Clifden Glen, located within a safe and fully self-contained 80-hectare site 1.5 km from Clifden town with an English as a Foreign Language (EFL) school catering for families, groups and individual students. The site contains a licensed clubhouse, restaurant, laundry, 85 detached 3-bedroom lodges, children’s playground, 3 tennis courts, mini-golf course and nature walks, all bounded by the Owenglin, a prolific wild Atlantic salmon spate river. The site is set off the main road with no through traffic and is a haven of tranquility and safety adjacent to Connemara National Park with the magnificent backdrop of the Twelve Bens Mountain range.

CLCC in its initial stages, is providing English language tuition comprising classes in the morning with adventure activities in the afternoon and cultural events hosted in the clubhouse in the evenings. Professional, friendly and experienced staff, including qualified native English language teachers, are on hand to meet all clients’ needs, whether customising an English language course or providing specific activities to suit individual clients or families. The educational ethos is centred on interesting, enjoyable and creative lessons, delivered by thoughtful and caring professionals, while embracing the latest educational and technological tools available.

It is the introduction of educational services within the pre-existing site that makes CLCC innovative and CLCC aims to meet all clients’ needs on the site with no commuting required from accommodation to classes or for entertainment or meals.

CLCC is currently developing Gaelic language classes for those wishing to improve their Gaelic, or indeed complete beginners, and Connemara is home to Ireland’s largest Gaeltacht, a region where Gaelic is still commonly spoken.

Synergy is a major factor underpinning the development of CLCC with each element of the business enhancing the other. Integration with native speakers is vital for language learners and this is provided for with Irish families holidaying in Clifden Glen as well as locals. Activities and cultural activities enhance the learning experience with a focus on experiential learning and CLCC strives to create a unique and memorable Connemara experience for each of our clients.

CLCC are justifiably proud of the culture and heritage in Connemara and showcase this at the cultural events hosted in the clubhouse at CLCC. Connemara is unique both in Ireland and Europe with its own identity, heritage and culture and untouched by the excess of the 20th and 21st centuries. It has inspired countless artists and embraced royalty with its captivating raw beauty, ever changing light and the un-spoilt landscape abundant with wildlife, epitomised by the magnificent wild Atlantic salmon to be seen leaping through its many rivers and lakes. Its essence is perhaps encapsulated best by its roads and fields bounded by stone walls, painstakingly hand-built without mortar, aged with lichen and moss over centuries yet perfectly preserved, withstanding the forces of nature and time. These roads promise unrivalled vistas to the traveller who ventures throughout their length and evoke memories and emotions, even in those who have never visited previously, and truly represent the "Road Less Travelled" both in terms of spiritual journey and travellers met along the way. These walls speak of an era when time meant something different than it does today. Neighbours, community and friendship are still the essence of Connemara and visitors always remark on the warmth and hospitality of the region. It is this and the landscape that draws them back year after year.

So whether to learn English or Gaelic, have an activity holiday or take the road less travelled come and stay at CLCC and experience this for yourself whilst creating your own Connemara Experience.

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