A Gaelcholáiste is a secondary level school in Ireland, both in the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland, outside Gaeltacht areas, where Irish is the primary language of teaching and communication.
Gaelcholáistí are supported and represented on a practical day-to-day basis by Gaeloideachas (who also support Irish-medium schools in the Gaeltacht) and An Chomhairle um Oideachas Gaeltachta & Gaelscolaíochta, whose name translates into English as The Council for Gaeltacht and Gaelscoileanna Education, or COGG, in the Republic of Ireland and by Gaeloideachas and Comhairle na Gaelscolaíochta in Northern Ireland.
There are 31 Gaelcholáistí and 17 second-level aonaid Ghaeilge (Irish language units) on the island of Ireland attended by over 11,000 students. More than 3000 further students receive their second level education through Irish in the Gaeltacht.
Recent opened Gaelcholáistí- Republic of Ireland
An announcement from the Republic of Ireland's Department of Education & Skills in 2012  confirmed that three new Gaelcholáistí were scheduled to open in 2014. Two of the schools opened that year with the third opening the following year. A new Gaelcholáiste is planned to open in Maynooth in 2019.
|Location||Coláiste Name||Start Date||Patron Body|
|Balbriggan||Coláiste Ghlór na Mara||September, 2014||An Foras Pátrúnachta|
|Rathfarnham||Gaelcholáiste an Phiarsaigh||September, 2014||An Foras Pátrúnachta|
|Carrigaline||Gaelcholáiste Charraig Uí Leighin||September, 2015||Co. Cork VEC|
- An Chomhairle um Oideachas Gaeltachta & Gaelscolaíochta
- An Foras Pátrúnachta
- Comhairle na Gaelscolaíochta
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