About SLS

Shandon Language Solutions (SLS) was established in 1992 by Kathy & Donal Donovan to provide English language tuition for international students in Ireland.

Initially established primarily to arrange host family accommodation for international students in Dublin, this quickly evolved to encompass High School Placement and Guardianship Programmes.

Work Experience Programmes followed welcoming groups on Erasmus+ and PON Programmes. In 2009 SLS opened its Junior Summer School under the auspices of Dublin4English, before commencing it’s SLS Ireland Summer School in 2013.

Since 2013 SLS has expanded its operations even further, moving into its head office in Dundrum. Together with a team of local and regional coordinators, SLS currently operates programmes throughout Ireland.

At the centre of all SLS programmes is student welfare. Over its 28 years in business SLS have developed student centred programmes where each student’s needs are catered for. All SLS host families are visited by SLS accommodations officers and vetted by the National Vetting Bureau.

SLS is accredited to both MEI (Marketing English in Ireland) and ACELS (The Accreditation and Coordination of English Language Services).

In December 2022, SLS became a member of the Irish Federation of Educational Guardians (IFEG). This Federation has been established by a number of leading providers in Ireland to safeguard the welfare of international students studying in schools, colleges and universities in Ireland.


Donal Donovan
Kathy Donovan
Eoin McCormack
General Manager
Janine McManus
High School Programme Manager
Maureen Dowling
Accommodations & Student Welfare
Tony Dowling
Accounts Department
Audrey Dempsey
Kathryn Connaughton
Work Experience Coordinator
Loreto Viñuales
Admin Support & Social Programme Coordinator