Ring, County Waterford
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Ring (Irish: An Rinn) or Rinn Ó gCuanach (anglicised as Ringagonagh) is a parish within the Irish-speaking Gaeltacht na nDéise area in County Waterford, Ireland. It lies on a peninsula about seven miles south of Dungarvan. The main settlement is the village of Ring, which is within the townland of Ballynagaul, County Waterford.
It is a swiftly growing area that has three schools - two primary (including the Coláiste na Rinne boarding Irish medium school) and one secondary school — a post office, restaurants, pubs and other businesses. There are also two fishing piers/harbours (Baile na nGall and Helvick), two beaches (Coinigéar and Baile na nGall) and a cove at Helvick.
The official name of the area is An Rinn; a direct translation into English would mean The Cape/Point Headland. Both An Rinn and the anglicised form Ring were on the local road-signs until 2005, when the anglicised form ceased to have official standing. Today, roadsigns show the Irish name only.
The Irish language plays an important role in the area, and also to people within the region enabling them to immerse in the Irish language, which is pivotal for improving their linguistic abilities. Gaoluinn na nDéise the Waterford variant of the Munster Irish dialect is spoken by native speakers. The strongest age-group of Irish speakers is the 10-14 age category, of which 50.8% use the language on a daily basis outside of educational institutions.
Coláiste na Rinne
Coláiste na Rinne is a boarding Gaelscoil (or Irish College) in Ring. It is a popular destination for teenagers taking summer school courses in Irish. During term time it accommodates sixth class and some seventh class students. (Seventh class is a non-compulsory year between sixth class of Primary school and First Year of Secondary School. Very few primary schools in Ireland offer a seventh class.) As Coláiste na Rinne is a Primary boarding school many students go on to secondary level boarding schools from here.
Many of the visiting students are accommodated by local families, many of whom speak only Irish at home. As such it is seen as a good way to improve the visitors' quality of spoken Irish.