Migrant integration group iVosta shows the way in Áras Chrónáin

By Maurice Garvey

ANYONE wishing to improve their rusty French, is encouraged to meet up at Aras Chrónáin in Clondalkin Village, every Thursday (7pm to 8.30pm).

Also a new four-week course –costing just €20 – starts on September 7 from 2pm to 3.30pm.They are organised by local migrant integration group iVosta.

Alpha Africa Day Mark Kelly Alpha Gassama Clondalkin Hamza Shearif

Refresher courses from basic to intermediate level will be catered for, in an effort to promote French conversation amongst attendees.

Courses are aimed at adults of 18 years and over, and will be run on the lines of a mini-Gaelteacht for French.

In line with the recent opening of the Round Tower Visitor centre, over 40 volunteer tour guides have been training to cater for tourists coming from France, Germany, Italy, Spain and other countries.

Tours can be delivered in a range of languages, including French, German, Spanish, Dutch, Italian and Gaeilge.

This is one of the new look features that has gone into the massive €4 million Round Tower project.

The French course is linked in with the visitor centre.

iVosta founder Alpha Gassama, a tour guide with the visitor centre, said they hoped to attract French speakers to the classes.

“There are a lot of native French people in Ireland, if a few of them want to volunteer at the class for teaching people, it would be great,” said Alpha.

“Ultimately, we want to attract French tourists to Clondalkin, and other tourists who can enjoy tours in their native tongue.”

Alpha continued: “The classes are for anyone who wants to brush up on their French.

“It doesn’t matter about your accent or ability, it is the pronunciation that matters.”

French classes at Aras Chrónáin start on Thursday, September 7, from 2pm to 3.30pm.

If anyone is interested and wants more information, they can just text 085 1184346 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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