Gaelcholáiste

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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.

Gaelscoileanna and Irish language-medium schools in the Gaeltacht are supported and represented by Gaeloideachas and by An Chomhairle um Oideachas Gaeltachta & Gaelscolaíochta or COGG in the Republic of Ireland and by Gaeloideachas and Comhairle na Gaelscolaíochta in Northern Ireland.

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[edit]

Irish MMA and UFC fighter Conor McGregor attended Gaelscoileanna at both primary and secondary level

An announcement from the Republic of Ireland's Department of Education & Skills in 2012 [1] 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.[2]

Location Coláiste Name Start Date Patron Body
Balbriggan Coláiste Ghlór na Mara[3] September, 2014 An Foras Pátrúnachta
Rathfarnham Gaelcholáiste an Phiarsaigh September, 2014 An Foras Pátrúnachta
Carrigaline Gaelcholáiste Charraig Uí Leighin September, 2015 Co. Cork VEC

Northern Ireland[edit]

Irish presenter and comedian Dara Ó Briain attended Gaelscoileanna at both primary and secondary level
Location Coláiste Name Opened
Belfast Coláiste Feirste 1991
Dungiven Gaelcholáiste Dhoire 2015


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References[edit]

  1. ^ "Dept of Education announcement". Department of Education and Skills (Ireland).
  2. ^ "Gaelcholáiste nua le hoscailt i Maigh Nuad i 2019". Tuairisc.ie.
  3. ^ "Fingal Independent Coláiste article". Fingal Independent.