It’s the same for Clane College as far as I can see (1 year unemployment entry requirement)
If anyone is interested, I would like to try to get a meetup happening in Galway to work on self teaching code and moddeling/texturing. I have been engaging with corporations and politicians about it too to raise the profile of Games Development in Galway. This could then migrate to an online video chat community once people know what they want to specialise in and build team coordinated indie games for sale on steam and xbox / psn / android / ios.
I think the Games Development courses for 33 weeks are quite jam packed with a lot of information. But I also have access to some very good teaching materials I can make available to others.
Those that are interested PM me.