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Evening Courses 2022

Lifelong learning is a continual process for all of us. Whether you are looking for professional development or for personal interest, evening courses are a great way to explore new ideas, develop new skills and are truly an investment in yourself.

Carlow College has a long history of education in the arts, humanities and social sciences – therefore, we are excited to offer a new and diverse range of evening courses commencing in January 2022 outlined below.

To register for an evening course, please complete the registration form below and our Admissions team will be in touch to confirm your registration.



Latest Courses

Commencing January 2022

Duration: 6 weeks  

Dates: 27th January – 3rd March 2022 

Time & Day: Thursday 7.00pm – 9.00pm

Fees: €125

This Conversational Irish course has specifically been designed to suit those interested in learning Irish for conversational use. So, whether it’s been a while since you’ve used your cúpla focal or you want to brush up on basic Irish learned from school, this course will help you build upon your pool of everyday words and phrases. 

Duration: 6 weeks  

Dates: 27th January – 3rd March 2022 

Time & Day: Thursday 7.00pm – 9.00pm  

Fees: €125

Introduction to Playwriting is a workshop course in which you will explore writing for theatre through practice and discussion. You will study major components of playwriting, including dramatic structure, character building, dramatic conflict, action and dialogue. The weekly workshops will help you to deepen your understanding of these components by completing and workshopping writing assignments, providing and receiving feedback, and reading key texts of contemporary playwrights. Upon completion of this six-week course, each student will have written and revised a ten-minute play 

Course objectives: 

Upon successful completion of this course, you should be able to: 

  • Craft short plays with clear action, developed characters, and precise dialogue 
  • Contribute productively to a workshop environment with constructive criticism and positive feedback 
  • Apply feedback to your own writing through revision 
  • Articulate your choices in the revision process 
  • Analyse and discuss the craft of contemporary plays 


About the Lecturer- Darren Donohue 

Darren is an award-winning Irish playwright and poet. His plays have been produced in Dublin, London, Edinburgh, Barcelona, Milan, Prague, Baltimore, Washington DC and New York. 


Darren’s plays and readings include Revelations, Home Game, The Barkhausen Effect and Home-from-Home, to name a few – and, is currently developing a new play with Druid Theatre Company.  


He won the Bread and Roses Playwriting Award, 2019 and the Radius Playwriting Competition, 2020 in association with Finborough Theatre. He was awarded the Dennis O’Driscoll Literary Award, 2020. His plays are published by the Irish Theatre Institute, Stagescripts UK and New Island Drama. 

Darren’s poetry was nominated for a Hennessy Literary Award in 2012, 2014, 2016, and 2020.

Duration: 6 weeks  

Dates: 25th January – 1st March 2022 

Time & Day: Tuesday 7.00pm – 9.00pm

Fees: €125

Fascinated by Psychology? Looking for a place to start? This six-week course provides an introduction to the light and dark side of the human condition – the good, the bad and the in-between! The course draws on theory and research from a range of areas in psychology – such as personality psychology, social psychology, developmental psychology, cyberpsychology, and criminal psychology – to explore the following questions: 

  • Why do we perceive some people as ‘good’ and others as ‘bad’? 
  • Are you born ‘bad’ or born ‘good’? 
  • Why do ‘good’ people do bad things? 
  • Why do some people get away with doing bad things? 
  • What factors can help to make you a better person? 

The course explores the light and dark side of human psychology: the good, the bad and the in-between! 


About the Lecturer – Clare King 

Clare is currently a psychology tutor and dissertation supervisor in Carlow College, St Patrick’s. She holds a First-Class BA (Hons) in Arts and Humanities, with a joint major in Psychology and Philosophy. On graduation, Clare was awarded the Carlow County Council Bursary Award for academic excellence- achieving firsts in every subject. Clare also holds an MSc in Psychology from DCU, accredited by the Psychological Society of Ireland (PSI). 

Clare has studied over 25 different psychology modules which has given her a solid understanding of the various branches within psychology and instilled in her a critical and multifaceted perspective. Her research interests include personality disorders, mental health stigma, perceived control, identity, and cyberpsychology. 

Duration: 6 weeks  

Dates: 27th January – 3rd March 2022 

Time & Day: Thursday 7.00pm – 9.00pm 

Fees: €125

Arts & Ecology explores creative practices in the context of the climate crisis and the ecological, social, and ethical challenges we all face. This six-week Introduction to Art & Ecology aims to provide you with an understanding of the history and origins of Art and Ecology, whilst examining a spectrum of creative practices at local and international level.  


This course is ideal for those with an interest in creative practices and ecological issues. It is an introduction to the field for both creative practitioners, hobbyists and anyone with an interest in this subject. 


Topics covered include: 

  • Collaborative contexts 
  • Place making and place-based knowledges 
  • Ecosystems (scientific, social) 
  • UN Sustainable Development Goals and the Earth Charter 
  • Making changes at a local level in the face of the climate emergency 
  • Conservation and biodiversity concerns 
  • Interdisciplinary and individual modes of creative art practices 


About the Lecturer – Jules Michael 

Jules is a Carlow-based visual artist who also works in a community arts context. Her studio practice uses painting, drawing and photography to explore themes of place and the natural world. Community art projects include collaborating with Dr. Cathy Fitzgerald to build Creative Drummin, the long-term, embedded in place, arts led program based on Drummin Bog, near St. Mullins, Co. Carlow. Early projects here were An Fraughan (2019), The Bog Rosemary Song (2020, on-going) and The Banner Phase 1 (2021). Currently working on The Banner (Phase 2). 

Other recent collaborations include: drawing element for Borris Lace by Post (project to counter rural isolation among older people), Liminal States (Alannah O’Kelly/Tramore Direct Provision Centre) and Friday’s Men, a collaboration with older men living in a particular area of Wexford town with a strong sense of place and identity. 

Past group exhibitions include The Book Project (VISUAL Carlow), Peripheries (Gorey), and Nimmo’s Pier, PP/S (solo, 2017). 



Duration: 6 weeks  

Dates: 27th January – 3rd March 2022 

Time & Day: Thursday 7.00pm – 9.00pm

Fees: €125

Digital storytelling is the practice of designing, sharing, and participating in a cohesive story experience across multiple traditional and digital delivery platforms – for entertainment, advertising and marketing, or social change. This module explores how we tell stories with digital media whether for information, news, entertainment, social, educational, political, or other purposes. This module introduces you to creative thinking techniques that you can use to help you develop a cohesive and rich story narrative. You’ll explore important models of creative thinking, along with different tools and techniques that can help you expand your narrative into a story world that will become the basis of an effective digital story telling strategy. 


Learning Outcomes:  

On completion of this module students should be able to:

  1. Understand the essentials of theory and practice in digital storytelling Shape your ideas into compelling and well-structured narratives and complex story worlds  
  2. Identify, understand, and engage different audiences in your stories Create cohesive user experiences across different platforms  
  3. Evaluate existing and emerging technologies to share your story with the world, and help your audience participate in the larger story world you create  
  4. Identify principles of digital storytelling practice for information professionals 
  5. Create a plan for an interactive digital adaptation following principles learned in this module  


Topics Covered:  

  • Introduction to Digital Storytelling – What is it?  
  • Storytelling technologies through the ages  
  • Planning your digital stories  
  • Writing an Effective Script and Creating a Storyboard  
  • Narrative content: Text, Image, Video, Sound  
  • Narrative forms: documentary, installation, game design  
  • How to assemble all of the elements (text, images, narration, and if you choose, music and/or video clips) to create the final version of your digital story and publish it online 


About the Lecturer – Paula Campbell 

Paula has 20 years of media experience working in broadcast, print and online. She is a teacher, reporter, creative writer with a Master of Literature in Digital Media. 

An experienced reporter and writer versed in social media and new technology. She has worked in radio and as a freelance news and travel writer, as well as helping to start up a newspaper. She spent 16 years working as a senior reporter for the Leinster Leader. 

Paula has a passion for local news in print and online and is accomplished with a broad range of online content creation and digital expertise. She was most recently employed as a government press officer. 


Duration: 6 weeks  

Dates: 25th January – 1st March 2022 

Time & Day: Tuesday 7.00pm – 9.00pm 

Fees: €125

This series of six lectures takes a layered approach, looking at Irish generals, officers and rank-and-file soldiers serving in the EICs Indian armies during the period 1830-60. During this period, the majority of the EIC’s ‘European’ rank and file soldiers serving in India were Irish, based on leading-edge new research into Irish military imperial history. By its nature the topic is transnational, tying together Irish, Indian and British imperial studies. 

Lecture series will include: 

  • Introduction to the British East India Company 
  • The Indian career of Sir Hugh Gough 
  • Irish officers serving the EIC during the period 1830-60 
  • Explore the role that women played as nodes of Company and military brokerage 
  • A demographic analysis of Irish solders serving in EIC 
  • Examine numerous case studies exploring the lived experiences of Irish solders 


About the Lecturer – Gerry O’Keeffe 

Gerry had a long career in the technology industry before retiring to pursue his interest in History. He completed a BA in Local Studies (first class hons.) and an MA in Military History and Strategic Studies (first class hons., alumni scholar) and, most recently, has undertaken a PhD with Maynooth University as a John and Pat Hume scholar, where his research topic examines the Irish soldiers of the British East India Company in the period 1830-60. 

Since retiring from the technology industry, Gerry continues to work seasonally with the OPW’s National Monuments division. He has conducted approximately 1,000 tours, tailored to a diverse audience of clients ranging from schoolchildren to visiting academics. He has also conducted a number of high-profile archaeological field walks, focused on early and high-medieval urban and rural topographies, with three of his papers on medieval Kilkenny history and archaeology published in the Old Kilkenny Review, journal of the Kilkenny Archaeological Society.   

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