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We specialise in residential English and Horse Riding courses for unaccompanied young people aged 8-16 years. 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.

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Language Learning
Our English 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 English Language lessons when they return home. Students will receive 15 hours classroom English and 15 hours fun riding per week. Because we take students from all over Europe, there are lots of opportunities to practice English 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 lessons per week with a qualified TEFL Teacher
  • 15 hours Horse Riding per week with a qualified BHS Instructor
  • Regular supervised Evening Activities, e.g. tennis and football on our Astro Pitch, art, badminton, rounders, woodland walks, karaoke, a Friday night disco & more...
  • One excursion per week - fully accompanied – usually to Dublin City Centre, or Irish National Stud and Kildare Shopping Outlet Mall or Causey Farm - 'The Irish Experience'.
  • For students who stay multiple weeks, on Saturday there is an extra excursion eg: to Grainne Rafter's Pottery Studio to make ceramics, or a trip to the cinema or trampolining.
  • 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.

- 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 Lively 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, tennis, arts and crafts, rounders & more...
20.15 Evening Snack – Hot chocolate & biscuit, toast.
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 an extra excursion 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.

2020 Dates and Prices

Start Date
End Date
Price in Euro
1 Saturday 4 April Saturday 11 April 1095
2 Saturday 11 April Saturday 18 April 1095
      No extras
Summer Start Date                  
End Date Price in Euro
1      Saturday 20 June Saturday 27 June 1095
2 Saturday 27 June Saturday 4 July 1095
3 Saturday 4 July Saturday 11 July 1095
4 Saturday 11 July Saturday 18 July 1095
5 Saturday 18 July Saturday 25 July 1095
6 Saturday 25 July Saturday 1 August 1095
7 Saturday 1 August Saturday 8 August 1095
8 Saturday 8 August Saturday 15 August 1095
       No extras

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 100 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, the RMEC blue hooded sweatshirt is an extra 40 euro.

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

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