About Us


Founded and run by a fully qualified mainstream teacher

CIELS enjoys the unique status of being the only English Language School in Carlow that was founded and run by a fully qualified mainstream secondary school teacher, Dave Barron, with English being one of his teaching subjects. Dave spent most of his teaching career in the classroom of main stream education, and in later years moving on to a managerial position.

Family-run school of English language and Irish culture.

CIELS is a family-run school of English language and Irish culture. CIELS flagship course, its original ‘Junior Vacation Programme’, is recognized by The Department of Education via QQI / ACELS (Quality & qualifications Ireland / Accreditation & Co-ordination of English Language Services), for English Language Teaching.

Providing quality services in a safe and enjoyable environment

CIELS was set up by Dave Barron (B.A., M.Ed., Dip. Ed. Management.) and Catherine Barron (Accommodation Officer / Garda Vetting Officer / Child Protection Officer) in 1996 as a Summer school for the purpose of teaching English for the junior vacation programme. From the beginning, the emphasis has been on providing quality services in a safe and enjoyable environment.

Cambridge certified Internship and Cultural Research programmes

Danny Barron (BBS, Cambridge DELTA) became involved in the school on a full-time basis in 2007, which now operates internship, EAP and cultural research programmes, year round. Based on Danny's Cambridge training, the CIELS syllabus and curriculum have evolved with the aim of teaching learners using a combination of the Direct and Communicative Approach: speaking and listening is learned through meaningful activities and tasks.

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.