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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 also by An Chomhairle um Oideachas Gaeltachta & Gaelscolaíochta or COGG

Gaelcholáistí are supported and represented on a practical day-to-day basis by Gaeloideachas (who also support Irish-medium schools in the Gaeltacht) and are also supported and represented by An Chomhairle um Oideachas Gaeltachta agus Gaelscolaíochta, whose name translates into English as The Council for Gaeltacht and Gaelscoileanna Education, or COGG.

There are 31 Gaelcholáistí and 17 second-level aonaid Gaeilge (Irish language units) on the island of Ireland attended by over 11,000 students. A further over 3,000 pupils are receiving their second level education through Irish in the Gaeltacht.

Northern Ireland[edit]

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

Future Gaelcholáistí[edit]

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.

Location Coláiste Name Start Date Patron Body
Balbriggan Coláiste Ghlór na Mara[2] September, 2014 An Foras Pátrúnachta
Rathfarnham Gaelcholáiste an Phiarsaigh September, 2014 An Foras Pátrúnachta
Carrigaline Gaelcholáiste Charraig Uí Leighin September, 2015 Co. Cork VEC

It is expected that a Gaelcholáiste will open in Maynooth servicing North Kildare in 2019 and there are several campaigns running for new Gaelcholáistí to be set up in other parts of the island of Ireland also.

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