mackdonald language academy (mla)


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About the school

mackdonald language academy (mla) is one of the best independent language schools found in Ireland.

Kilkenny is the county town of County Kilkenny in the Irish province of Leinster in south-east Ireland. The city sits on the banks of the River Nore and is full of cafés, pubs, galleries and shops, and is only 1-hour away from central-Dublin. It is a medium-sized town and known to be very safe with great places to visit.

mla is known for great teaching, excellent accommodation choices and a rich and interesting events programme. Ireland is known for the warmth of the people, none less so that in Kilkenny and at mla.

We love this testimonial from Italian Maria who studied English at mla 'mackdonald language academy is not very big, but that is the beauty of it! The staff and teachers are so helpful and patient. I have learnt a lot here. My host family is really marvellous - they are lovely and warm people. From them, I am learning to cook Irish dishes. Yes, Kilkenny certainly is a very beautiful city, esp. in autumn with all the beautiful colours ! I love it !!!'

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Carefully selected host families

to best meet students’ requirements

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English PLUS Sport

courses available: Multi-Sport * Tennis * Golf * Horse-riding * Badminton

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Well-designed leisure programme

for the best experience of Ireland and its culture


maximum number of students per class


people live in Kilkenny


hour away from Dublin