About Us


Longest running and only accredited English language school in the region.

Established in 1997, CIELS enjoys the unique status of being the longest running and only accredited English Language School in Carlow. CIELS was founded and run by a secondary school teacher and vice principal, Dave Barron, with English being one of his teaching subjects. Dave spent most of his teaching career in the classroom of post-primary education, and in later years moving on to a managerial and consulting positions.

Accredited family-run school of English language and Irish culture.

CIELS is a family-run school of English language and Irish culture. CIELS' junior programmes are recognised by The Department of Education & Skills via QQI / ACELS (Quality & qualifications Ireland / Accreditation & Co-ordination of English Language Services), for English language teaching. CIELS is proud to have held this accreditation since 1997.

Child Protection & Accommodation Officer.

CIELS' dedicated Child Protection and Accommodation Officer, Catherine Barron, implements CIELS' Child Protection Policy. Catherine also established CIELS' Host Family network over 25 years ago. Every host family home is inspected. CIELS also ensures that every host family member over 16 years of age is vetted by the Irish Police (an Garda Siochána).

Erasmus+ internships & cultural programmes..

CIELS holds an Erasmus+ PIC number and is proud to be a partner on many Erasmus+ programmes with partner colleges throughout the EU. CIELS was also a partner on Erasmus+ pilot programmes working towards harmonising learning outcomes and qualifications within the EU.

English Language teaching expertise.

Danny Barron (BBS, Cambridge DELTA) brings English language teaching expertise to CIELS' curriculum design and lesson plan delivery. He has designed and delivered programmes for the higher education sector in Ireland since 2003. These programmes have received commendations from external examinations by linguistic directors at University College Dublin (UCD). Danny also designed and delivered CIELS Online Learning, a true online learning platform for English language.

Hear what our past students had to say...


I really enjoyed my time in Ireland! The Blended Programme gave me good experiences, meeting new people, learning a new culture and language. I learned a lot at the Irish Wheelchair Association Carlow where I did my internship. I also learned a lot studying the Human Growth and Development and Work placement module. The time flew because we were having so much fun. I can't believe it's already over but I will never forget it. Blended Programme thanks for everything!


The Blended Programme was great! It was an amazing combination of the internship and college. I've learned so much at school about Human Growth and Development. My internship was great and all the Irish people are amazing! Sean, Danny and Claire helped us when we needed them, they were fantastic. Thanks for everything, this is an experience I will always remember.


My experience with the Erasmus+ Blended Programme is very positive. It gave me an opportunity to learn about Ireland, learn the English language but also I learned to be more independent. Supervisors from the Blended Programme, teachers from school and my colleagues from Hillview Nursing home helped me with everything. Blended Programme thanks for this amazing experience I will never forget it.  
CIELS Carlow

Get in Touch

  • Address: Askea, Carlow, Co. Carlow, Ireland R93 K5P2

  • Phone: +353 (0)59 9142066

  • Mobile: +353 (0)87 4060804

  • Email: info@ciels.ie