About Us

At the centre of Englishour is our commitment to teach our students 'natural spoken English' - English as it is spoken by natives, unlike the formal English you might have learned at school, but wouldn't have much use for on a day-to-day basis.

Our two schools are based near O'Connell Street in Dublin's city centre, a stone's throw from the Spire and the GPO, convenient for both visitors to the city and to people working here who want to improve their English. We offer a variety of classes at different times and levels, including evenings and the weekend, and can also organise accommodation and entertainment such as excursions for visiting students.

Why Englishour?

  • Students in Englishour learn fast
  • Communicative task-based methodology
  • Small classes
  • Fantastic city centre location
  • Free WIFI
  • No registration fee
  • Free books and materials and tea and coffee
  • Excursions every weekend to visit Ireland

The school

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The Teachers

Darren Orr – School Manager/Accommodation manager

Darren Orr – School ManagerSince his first TEFL qualification in 1991 Darren has taught in private and secondary schools in Spain and Japan. Returning to Ireland in 2000, he has managed the academic department of one of the biggest EFL schools in Ireland (MLI), and the Dublin branch of GEOS International. Teacher-training as well as material development were a large part of his role, and continue to be in Englishour, where he has designed and delivered teacher-training courses for different institutions including the Comenius Programme. English is fun – go play!

John Ryan – Director of Studies/Marketing Manager

John Ryan – Creative DirectorWith twenty-five years teaching experience John has taught thousands of students to communicate effectively in English. As well as teaching classes and teacher-training, John is also involved in writing many of the materials used in Englishour classes.

John believes that effective language learning lies in the learner being faced with a variety of life tasks. For that reason, he gives acting workshops with students and also produces videos for Englishour.

Eoin Williams – Teacher

>Eoin Williams – TeacherEoin began teaching English in 1994 and has loved almost every minute of it since then. He worked in several schools in Madrid, Asturias, London and Dublin before settling down in Englishour in 2011, particularly relishing the warm atmosphere and emphasis on real spoken English.

Eoin has two degrees, one in English and another in Philosophy and Politics, useless nearly everywhere, except, of course, in the classroom.

Tom O’Brien – Teacher

Tom O’Brien – TeacherAlthough Tom is a trained TEFL teacher and is also a playwright, he has worked in ESOL (English for speakers of other languages) for many years. Experienced in handling the multicultural classroom, he is also a qualified Literacy tutor and sensitive to the needs of learners who are not literate in their own language.

He believes passionately in exploiting the teachable moment when it arises in class and is conscious, like Englishour, of the need for learners to learn real spoken English.


Englishour provides full-day excursions to students every Saturday, Sunday and bank holidays. Destinations include the Cliffs of Moher, The Giant’s Causeway, Belfast, Galway and Wicklow/Glendalough.