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1. What is the Irish Language School Sydney – Scoil na Gaeilge Sydney - Inc (ILSS SnaGS)?

We are a group of adults, living in Sydney and surrounding areas, who want to speak the Irish language.

2. When was the ILSS started?

We started on 16 July 2007 when we were established as an independent not-for-profit association set up under New South Wales law.

3. Is the ILSS independent?

Yes. We are an independent, not-for profit body set up under NSW law. We elect our own committee, determine our activities and control our own funds.

4. Why did you set up the ILSS?

We wanted to:
(a) undertake Irish language education in New South Wales,
(b) advance Irish language education in Australia, and
(c) promote, control and carry on such activities as the committee of the association may deem appropriate in support of Irish language education.

5. What does ILSS do?

Our principal activity is holding classes for adults; we hold weekend conversations groups and organise an annual live-in Irish-language winter School, called the ‘Scoil Gheimhridh Sydney’.

6. How is ILSS funded?

Class members pay fees for classes. In addition we have received cash grants and prizes, as well as support in kind.

Notable support has been given by the Irish Government’ Department of Foreign Affairs under the Emigrant Support Program, and previous schemes, to run the Winter School, Scoil Gheimhridh. We have also received money from the Muiris Ó Suilleabháin, Sydney St Patrick’s Day Parade plus grants from Seachtain na Gaeilge, Glor na nGael, Ireland to support activities. Many Irish language organisations have supported us in kind, over the years including Foras na Gaeilge, Comhluadar, Saol, Foinse, and BBC Northern Ireland.

7. Can I join the ILSS?

You can attend classes without joining the ILSS. However you can join the ILSS. The application form is available here.  When you are a member you accept the constitution, you receive emails from the committee about activities, and you can borrow from our library of Irish language books and CDs.

8. What does membership cost?

The committee sets the Joining fee and annual Membership fee.
As of September 2021 both of these fees are nil. See too the FAQs about classes for the current fees.


9. Who is on the Committee, as of 6 September 2021

President: Jason Ashmore

Vice President: Eva Millington

Secretary: Aharon Danieli

Treasurer: Greg Hurst

General Committee: Therese Hanrahan, Cheryl Humphreys, and Jacqui Belliu.



If you have another question, please contact us through the Contacts Page.





Updated 2021-09-12





Irish Proverb

Bíonn blás ar an mbeagán.

Little things are flavoursome.