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The specialist residential English Language and Horse Riding Course in Ireland (Golf Option available)

We specialise in residential courses for unaccompanied young people aged 8-16 years. Students can choose from English or French lessons, Horse Riding and Golf. All our teachers are fully qualified. There are accompanied excursions to Dublin or Causey Farm and other tourist sites nearby. Everyone stays in our modern purpose build accommodation on our farm only 20 km north of Dublin. Because we tailor our programme for the needs of the individual, 40% of our students return to RMEC for another year. See our movie on YouTube: https://youtu.be/a7MqEbFqEdY

Language Learning
Our English and French Teaching staff are experienced in identifying the individual needs of each student ensuring everyone learns at a level that suits them so they can reach their full potential. We keep groups deliberately small to allow more time for genuine one-to-one teacher/student support. Our courses are designed to complement the school national curriculum in the hope that students can flourish in their Language lessons when they return home. Students will receive 15 hours classroom English/French and 15 hours fun riding per week. Because we take students from all over Europe, there are lots of opportunities to practice conversation outside lesson time, this enhances their learning experience.

Students stay and eat all meals in the new purpose built complex at the Equestrian Centre at Smithstown Farm with the Beggan Family. All the dormitory bedrooms are ensuite and students sleep in bunk beds. With panoramic views over the Meath countryside, you can see your the horses and ponies eating lush green grass from your bedroom window! The new complex also has a dinning room catering for up to 30 people.


What is included in the package?

  • 15 hours English or French Language lessons per week (English is with a qualified TEFL Teacher)
  • 15 hours Horse Riding per week with a qualified BHS Instructor
  • One excursion per week - fully accompanied – usually to Dublin or Irish National Stud
  • Regular supervised Evening Activities, e.g.: art, badminton, football, rounders, woodland walks, karaoke, a Friday night disco & more...
  • Free airport pick-up and drop-offs and transfer to and from the centre between 10am-6pm Saturday
  • Full accommodation in dormitories sleeping 4 with ensuite shower rooms
  • All meals and drinks for the duration of your stay
  • 24 hour adult supervision in secury farmland location.

Golf Option

You may exchange either Language Lessons or Horse Riding with professional Golf tuition at local championship course - Killeen Castle. This option is a supplementary 180 euro per week, which includes green fees, instruction, balls and clubs.

- 40% of students return to RMEC. See our Testimonials Page for what they have to say about us.

A Sample Itinerary

07.30 Wake up call
08.00 Breakfast
08.30 Make your bed and tidy your belongings.
08.50 Wake-Up Aerobic Routine! Out to yard to prepare your Horse/Pony for Riding
09.00 – 12.00 Riding Lesson – different activity and ride a different pony/horse everyday: Assessment / Pony Games / Hack / small Cross Country / ‘Tack n Turnout’ and Show Jumping / Carousel ride
12.30 Lunch
13.30 - 16.30  English Lesson
16.30 – 17.00 Clean tack and evening stables: help turn out your horse/pony
17.00 - 18.00 Free time: Tea served - fruit, drinks, toast and jam. We request that parents restrict telephone calls to this time to avoid disruption of the programme.
18.00 Full Dinner
19.00 – 20.00 Evening Activities: badminton, football, treasure hunt, woodland walk, arts and crafts, rounders & more...
20.15 Evening Snack – Hot chocolate & biscuit
22.00 Bedtime and Lights out

The Course starts every Saturday evening at 7pm with a 'Welcome to RMEC: Introductory Talk and Health and Safety Briefing'.  The Course ends on Friday at 7pm with Prize Giving. Saturday is Arrivals/Departures Day, and rest day for students staying 2 weeks or more. Anyone who arrives or departs outside the standard airport transfer time (Saturday 10am - 6pm) will be transferred by private taxi and pay the driver directly. If you arrive on any other day except Saturday you may not receive the full programme of 15 hours English and Horse Riding.

2017 Dates and Prices

Spring
Start Date
End Date
Price in Euro
1
Saturday 1 April
Saturday 8 April 
895
2
Saturday 8 April
Saturday 15 April
895
3
Saturday 15 April
Saturday 22 April
895
4
Saturday 22 April Saturday 29 April 895
      No extras
                   
Summer Start Date                  
End Date Price in Euro
1      Saturday 17 June Saturday 24 June 995
2 Saturday 24 June Saturday 1 July 995
3 Saturday 1 July Saturday 8 July 995
4 Saturday 8 July Saturday 15 July COMPLETE
5 Saturday 15 July Saturday 22 July 995
6 Saturday 22 July Saturday 29 July 995
7 Saturday 29 July Saturday 5 August 895
8 Saturday 5 August Saturday 11 August 895
       No extras

Golf option is a supplementary €180 per week.

No additional charges apply (but your flight is not included). Please book your flight to Dublin to arrive and depart between 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Saturday to take advantage of our FREE airport shuttle. Students arriving outside this time will be charged 90 euro each way.

Places are limited, so do not wait to reserve your holiday! You must pay a deposit of 300 euros for a 2 week stay payable by bank transfer. You will receive a free blue RMEC baseball cap that all students MUST wear at the airport and on excursion for identification purposes.

We can cater for groups all year around. If these dates do not suit you, please email Amanda – we will be happy to add more dates to our calandar.

In the search for a holiday residence for your child?  You should expect certain standards.  It should have at least the following 10 requirements:

  1. an experienced, caring and reliable management
  2. a location less than 1 hour from a major international airport where the management meet your child personally
  3. modern, clean, purpose built facilities
  4. a site in the countryside
  5. fully qualified instructors and teachers
  6. lessons taught in small groups so your child can learn at a level that suits them
  7. a network of riding paths without any traffic
  8. an all-day programme of supervised activities and supervision at night
  9. more rideable horses than guests
  10. a decent and fair price related to the activities offered.

If you decide to send your child to our Royal Meath Equestrian & Language Centre Ltd, you don't need to worry; you won't ever regret your decision.

What do we do next, how do I book a place for my child?

Simply write, email or telephone us for an Application Form and Booking Form.

 "We left our daughter Solène in a safe and secure environment, she was well cared for and the English and Riding lessons were superb. She is looking forward to returning next year with her little sister."
Cris Bresson Chantilly