Coláiste Feirste

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Coliste Firste
7 Beechview Park
Belfast, Co. Antrim, BT12 7PY
School type Irish-medium
Motto Is Gael Mise
(I am an Irish person)
Opened 1991
School board Belfast Education and Library Board (BELB)
Principal Mícheal Mac Giolla Ghunna
Vice principal Damien Mac Giolla
Teaching staff circa 47
Enrolment 579
Hours in school day 6 hours ten minutes (normal school day)
Feeder schools All Irish-medium schools in "Northern Ireland"

Coliste Firste is the only secondary-level Irish-medium school in Belfast, Northern Ireland.

Previously known as Méanscoil Feirste, the gaelscoil is located in the west of the city in a new facility on Belfast's Falls Road. Founded in 1991 with just nine pupils, today the school has 579 pupils and circa 47 teachers.[1]

The school was first situated in the Cultúrlann and was opened under the care of the first school principal Fergus O'Hare who was replaced in 2002 by Garai Mac Roibeaird as principal.[citation needed] He was then replaced by Micheal Mac Giolla Ghunna, the current principal. The school's uniform consists of a distinctive green blazer, jumper, and green skirt (for girls). The school is now situated in Beechmount. Ex-Lord Mayor of Belfast, Niall Ó Donnghaile attended Coláiste Feirste during the 1990s.

History of School Building[edit]

Beechmount was the former family home of the Riddel family.[2]

Notable Former Pupils[edit]

Ex-Lord Mayor of Belfast, Niall Ó Donnghaile attended Coláiste Feirste during the 1990s and 2000s

World Handball Champion Aisling Reilly attended Coláiste Feirste during the early 2000s


  1. ^ Headteacher’s Welcome, accessed 16 August 2009
  2. ^ McClelland, Gillian (2005) Pioneering Women: Riddel Hall and Queen's University Belfast, Ulster Historical Foundation, Belfast

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Coordinates: 54°35′30″N 5°58′19″W / 54.59167°N 5.97194°W / 54.59167; -5.97194