Who We Are and What We Do

Emer & Nicky began their IELA journey in 2014 in the local villages of Sutton & Howth, inspired by our shared experiences as host parents to visiting international students. Our simple objective was to provide a unique personalised and student centric service in safe and beautiful communities, ensuring each student enjoys a quality educational and cultural experience in Ireland.

Starting a business as an Educational provider was initially challenging but our combined knowledge of leadership, communication, problem solving, and organisational and management skills enabled us to flourish to the trusted brand we are today.

Our passion, enthusiasm drive and commitment empowered us to build an extensive network of experts in the industry. Being Irish, we thrive on connecting and establishing warm relationships with our students, parents and agents.

We’re with you every step of the way!

The Premium Differences

Over the past 6 years our reputation as a professional, trustworthy and quality hands-on provider has grown to new heights and we are proud to welcome students to the ‘IELA family’ from all over the world on our High School, Summer & Year-round Language programmes for Juniors. We are also proud to collaborate with like-minded partners overseas and send Irish students abroad too!

Our resilient all-female team at IELA bring a wealth of expertise and life experience and would not be complete without our extraordinary Host families. We are genuinely grateful to have the most wonderful families who choose to work with IELA. They are an integral part of our service and an extension of our shared values, commitment, and reliability.

Emer & Nicky

Ireland’s Eye Langauage Academy

Meet The Team

Emer Curran – Commercial Director

Emer started her career in the Public Service sector over 30 years ago where she gained a wealth of experience working within various departments.  Emer has a passion for problem-solving and the challenges it brings and is responsible for fiscal management and planning, sales and marketing and strategic business planning with Ireland’s Eye Language Academy.

Outside of IELA, Emer’s enjoys being a member of Singsation, an all-female singing Group.  Emer is a mother to Cillian, Bríana & Siân and is married to Michael.

Nicky Rudd – Customer Care Director

Nicky started her career in Bank of Ireland at the age of 17 and worked in Retail Banking for many years, completing her career with Bank of Ireland in Global Markets in 2015. Her customer service quality ethos came from her excellent training from the early days with Bank of Ireland, where personalised customer service was a highly valued asset.

Nicky has excellent leadership and communication skills which are her signature qualities and hugely beneficial to IELA and everything they promise to their clients.

Nicky has 2 adult children, 1 granddaughter and lives in Sutton with her husband, Mark.

Karen Soye

Karen is a mother of two young children who has been living and working in Ireland since 2001. With a degree in Business Management from Dublin Business School and a background across industries such as recruitment, fleet management and administration, she brings with her a wealth of technical knowledge. Karen works to ensure all IELA systems and administrative processes are in working order. In her spare time, Karen loves to read and listen to music and is always on the lookout for something new to learn.

Amanda Nangle – Host Family Co-Ordinator

Amanda is a mother of four young teenage children.  She and her husband have run a successful retail business for the past 22 years, so she has vast experience dealing with the general public on a daily basis. Amanda communicates brilliantly with children (being heavily involved with the local Soccer school) and adults alike.

Amanda is very diligent and would be a go to person to get things done.  Amanda’s integrity, honesty and reliability is something we at Ireland’s Eye Language Academy value, that along with her organisational and communication skills are something we value very much, and we are delighted that Amanda is part of our team.

Sara Devlin – Director of Studies

Sara is ‘Director of Studies’ at ‘Ireland’s Eye Language Academy. She holds a CELT certification in teaching English as a foreign language.  She began her career in the Medical and Healthcare sector, becoming ‘Practice Manager’ in a busy Dental Clinic where she developed her exceptional  customer service and organizational skills. Later, she completed a Degree in Psychology with a focus on modalities of learning. In 2012, she obtained a first class ‘Master of Arts’ in Psychotherapy.

Sara has a passion for language and teaching. Central to  her academic role is Sara’s aim to establish a rapport with both students and their leaders and to foster a communicative approach that is personable and conducive to learning.   Her special area of interest is the interface between linguistics and the cultural evolution of language.

She likes to quote Samuel Beckett from ‘Waiting for Godot’  “Words are all we have”.

Geraldine Newport Cooling – Programme Co-ordinator

Geraldine began working in the language learning industry at just 18 years old and is a fluent German speaker. She graduated from Dublin City University with a BA Degree (HONS) in Languages for International Communication with German and French and completed an Erasmus year abroad in Universität Hildesheim studying Translation and Interpreting. 

Geraldine has extensive knowledge of the industry both in Ireland and abroad as her previous roles have included teacher training, curriculum development, programme co-ordination and sales. She is currently an active written and oral examiner. 

In her free time, she enjoys yoga, festivals and discovering new places with her husband and son.

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