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Gael-linn Award winners 03.02.17

Congrats to our prize winning students from Gaelcholáiste Chill Dara & Meánscoil Gharman in Scléip Gael-linn 2017!

 

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09/11/16 Gaelscoil na Fuinseoige to move to Notre Dame

PRESS RELEASE

 

Wednesday, 9th November 2016

 

New multi-denominational Gaelscoil to move into Notre Dame premises

 

Gaelscoil na Fuinseoige, Ireland’s newest Irish-medium primary school is set to move into the premises being vacated by the closing of Notre Dame private school in Churchtown, Dublin 14.

 

The Department of Education confirmed that Gaelscoil na Fuinseoige will take long-term occupancy of the building by September 2018 at the latest.

 

The co-educational and multi-denominational gaelscoil opened in September 2016 after a competitive patronage selection process, and has been temporarily based in Clonskeagh. Speaking today, Caoimhín O’hEaghra, General Secretary of An Foras Pátrúnachta, the school’s patron said: "This site is a perfect fit for Gaelscoil na Fuinseoige. The facilities are second to none and we are fortunate to have a first class team in place in the school. We would like to sincerely thank all of the parents in the area who supported our campaign.

 

‘‘We are delighted to provide diversity and choice for parents. In South Dublin alone we have recently opened multi-denominational gaelscoileanna in Rathfarnham, Firhouse, Ballyogan and now Gaelscoil na Fuinseoige which will move to its new home in Churchtown. Our aim is provide Irish-medium education to every child who wants it, and we look forward to welcoming students to Gaelscoil na Fuinseoige for many years to come.’’

 

Principal, Aisling Uí Fhéich, welcomed the announcement saying: “This gaelscoil is open to everyone, and we look forward to welcoming children from different nationalities and backgrounds to Gaelscoil na Fuinseoige. The benefits of immersion education are well documented – students perform better academically, find it easier to learn a third and fourth language and also recent research indicates that students learning through Irish are achieving higher results in English and Maths.

 

“This premises has a long history of excellent education provision in this region and we are delighted to continue to provide the highest standards to our own students”.

 

Demand for Irish-medium education in South Dublin is huge with over 2,000 children being turned away every year from the existing schools. An Foras Pátrúnachta is currently campaigning to establish a multi-denominational gaelscoil in Dún Laoghaire in 2017.

 

Caoimhín O’hEaghra added: “It is vital all parents in the area interested in having their children educated in a multi-denominational gaelscoil register their interest here: www.gaelscoileanna.ie/dunlaoghaire. This will help us to demonstrate the demand for Irish-medium multi-denominational education in Dún Laoghaire and strengthen our application to the Department of Education.”

 

For more information, visit www.foras.ie.   

 

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Contact: Sarah Harte / Louise Archbold DHR Communications, Tel: 01-4200580 / 087-9858259 / 087-2601145

 

  • Interviews with An Foras Pátrúnachta General Secretary, Caoimhín O’hEaghra available on request.

 

About An Foras Pátrúnachta: An Foras Pátrúnachta is the largest patron for Irish medium schools in Ireland at both primary and secondary level. An Foras Pátrúnachta schools have a range of multi-denominational, inter-denominational and denominational ethos and seek to develop, strengthen and promote education through the medium of Irish throughout the country. Find out more about An Foras Pátrúnachta here: www.foras.ie. Follow An Foras Pátrúnachta on Facebook and Twitter.

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03/11/16 Foras to be partner of new secondary school in Portlaoise

PRESS RELEASE

 

Thursday, 3rd November 2016

 

New multi-denominational school announced for Portlaoise

 

An Foras Pátrúnachta, the largest patron for Irish-medium schools in Ireland, has been selected as a trustee partner of a new secondary school in Portlaoise along with Laois Offaly Education and Training Board. The joint application was approved and announced today (03.11.16) by the Minister for Education and Skills, Richard Bruton TD.

 

The co-educational and multi-denominational school will open in 2017 and aims to grow enrolment to cater for up to 1,000 pupils in the area. The new school will also include an Irish-medium unit. For the first time, it is planned to grow an Irish-medium unit into an independent Gaelcholáiste under the co-patronage of the two organisations.

 

Speaking today, Caoimhín O’hEaghra, General Secretary of An Foras Pátrúnachta said: "We are delighted to have been approved as a trustee partner for this new secondary school in Portlaoise. We look forward to working with Laois Offaly Education and Training Board who have a long history of excellent education provision in this region.

 

‘‘Choice is very important to An Foras Pátrúnachta and we are delighted that parents’ preferences were considered as part of this patronage selection process. The new school in Portlaoise will provide diversity in being both co-educational and multi-denominational.

 

‘‘Our aim is provide Irish-medium education to every child who wants it. The Irish-medium unit will ensure that there is more diversity of language provision and we will use our expertise to grow the Irish-medium unit in the new secondary school into an independent Gaelcholáiste under the co-patronage of the two organisations.’’

 

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Contact: Sarah Harte / Laura Harmon DHR Communications, Tel: 01-4200580 / 087-9858259 / 086-1738455

 

  • Interviews with An Foras Pátrúnachta General Secretary, Caoimhín O’hEaghra available on request.

 

About An Foras Pátrúnachta: An Foras Pátrúnachta is the largest patron for Irish medium schools in Ireland at both primary and secondary level. An Foras Pátrúnachta schools have a range of multi-denominational, inter-denominational and denominational ethos and seek to develop, strengthen and promote education through the medium of Irish throughout the country. Find out more about An Foras Pátrúnachta here: www.foras.ie. Follow An Foras Pátrúnachta on Facebook and Twitter.

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11/03/16 Drama Production with Gaelcholáiste an Phiarsaigh

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18/01/16 – Gaelscoil Phádraig Accomodation

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30/09/15 – Roald Dahl Day in Gorey

The event was organised by Cumann na dTuismitheoirí to promote reading and to raise funds for the school.
 
Many varied activities were organised in the school. 
 
– Lá Feistis Bréige Dahl-icious: all children were invited to dress up as their favourite Roald Dahl character
 
– Crannchur Willy Wonka: we raffled a big Roald Dahl hamper
 
– Díolachán Císte le théama Charlie & the Chocolate Factory
 
– Pictiúrlann Roald Dahl: we played Roald Dahl movie adaptations on the clár bán throughout the Díolachán Císte
 
– Ticéad Órga: the muinteoirí pulled one name out of a hat in their class to win a Golden Ticket.  Golden ticket holders were VIP guests at the Díolachán Císte and enjoyed some free cakes
 
– Bookmark Reviews: the children (and some parents) wrote mini-book reviews about their favourite Roald Dahl books.
 
The children and teachers had a great day.  There was a fantastic atmosphere and it was great to have all the children talking about Roald Dahl books and reading.

Lá Roald Dahl photos

Lá Roald Dahl Dress up photos


30/06/15 Gaelscoil Bhun Cranncha’s sensational student

Gaelscoil Bhun Cranncha's sensational student

Congratulations are in order for one student in Gaelscoil Bhun Cranncha for a special achievement. Aoife Nic Reachtain, a student who recently completed 6th class in the school recieved a certificate for not having missed one day of school in 8 years. Well done Aoife!

 

 

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22/05/15 Official school opening for Gaelscoil Éadan Doire

An Foras Pátrúnachta and all at Gaelscoil Éadan Doire are delighted that the new school has officially opened.

 

The school patron of Gaelscoil Éadan Doire, An Foras Pátrúnachta, welcomes the official opening of the new building for the school. General Secretary of An Foras Pátrúnachta, Caoimhín Ó hEaghra, spoke about this great news, “We would like to congratulate everyone who has been involved with the school since its establishment in ensuring it would be a school of first class education. Recognition and gratitude is due to the school’s principal, Póla Ní Chinnsealaigh, the founding committee, the Board of Management, the staff, pupils and teachers. Not only have they benefitted the community in their area but they have worked to benefit Irish-medium education and the Irish language.”

An Foras Pátrúnachta is the only patron that was founded to promote Irish-medium education. In addition to that, schools under An Foras Pátrúnachta have achieved a particular status and recognition for the nurturing, conserving and promoting of the Irish language. Ó hEaghra said, “This is a significant development that recognises the huge demand throughout the country for Irish-medium education. The demand is increasing every year.”

Gaelscoil Éadan Doire opened in 2008 in temporary accommodation. Six years after it was announced that a new building would be built for them, the school has opened at a cost of €2 million. The new building boasts eight classrooms, ten learning support rooms, a hall, a library and two yards. The children say there is no comparison between the two places.

Other Irish-medium schools under An Foras Pátrúnachta hope the same decision will soon be made by the Department of Education on their school accomodation. Ó hEaghra said, “The Department of Education is due gratitude for recognising this demand for Irish-medium education & suitable accomodation. There are other Irish-medium primary schools under An Foras Pátrúnachta which are still awaiting this same positive announcement.”

“This is a new era for us now”, said principal of the school Póla Ní Chinnsealaigh.

 

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12/05/15 Presidential Visit to Gaelscoil Chloch na gCoillte

President Michéal Ó hUigínn has accepted an invitation from the Board of Management of Gaelscoil Chloch na gCoillte to attend their twenty year anniversary. This special day will take place on 11 June, but the school has been celebrating since September! The school opened its doors for the first time on 1st September 1994, and from the beginning of this school year there have been various events organised within the school to celebrate the first 20 years of Irish medium schooling in Clonakilty. 

An art piece that was specially commissioned for the event will be revealed by the president on the day. 15 artists put in for the “Per Cent for Art Scheme” competetition that was held. The winner was a piece of sculpture by talented local artist Édaín Ní Dhomhnaill.  Ní Dhomnaill, as well as being an artist, also runs interactive workshops based on the arts.

The Board of Management, the children and the faculty will all be very busy in preparig for this wonderful day. It will be an historical event for the school. 

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20/01/15 Clonakilty Gaelscoil says “Go raibh maith agat” For iPads

CLONAKILTY GAELSCOIL SAYS "GO RAIBH MAITH AGAT" FOR IPADS

Gaelscoil Mhichíl Uí Choileáin in Clonakilty has expressed a​ "Go raibh maith agat" mór to school families, businesses and the general public following a successful old mobile phone collection which has resulted in the provision of two IPads for ASD pupils in the school from Irish Autism Action.

Last March, the school launched a public appeal to the general public to donate old mobile phones. 10 businesses and the local County Council Recycling staff placed collection boxes on their premises to which the general public placed their old phones. There was also a great response from the general school community.

As a result of these combined efforts, nearly 400 phones were collected and Autism Ireland donated two iPads to ASD Unit at the school recently as a result.

The initial ASD class was set up in the Gaelscoil in September 2011, and there are now 13 pupils ranging from three to 11 years attending three classes. Teachers and SNA's have found that iPads are a vital tool of communication for the pupils. Many children with autism have communication difficulties, with some being non-verbal, and IPads loaded with specific language and communication apps open up the world of communication. 

Pupils can construct sentences allowing them to express their opinions, wishes and needs which their fellow pupils and adults can easily understand.

School Principal Carmel Nic Airt explained that the school has been providing a full Primary school placement for Children with diagnosed ASD – the only service of its kind in the West Cork area, since last September.

"We have marvellous facilities, including a €43,000 purpose-built Multi-Sensory room, an Occupational Therapy Hall and dedicated Speech and Language rooms along with teachers and SNA's in the school who together bring out the best in our pupils with autism. We have seen the advantages that iPads bring to the children over the last couple of years but unfortunately we don’t have enough for all the pupils at present.

We are very thankful to the local businesses and workplaces that accepted collection boxes in their premises and collected the old phones for us, as well as the families of the school who bring in their old phones to us. 

We want to especially thank the staff at the Council Recycling Centre who have been putting old phones aside for us and these meant that we got our IPads sooner than we expected. 

This however is an ongoing campaign and we again appeal to the good people of Clonakilty and beyond to please drop their old phones to us so we can continue to purchase more IPads for our very special pupils. 

The phones can be dropped off at O' Donovan's Hotel; Clonakilty Library; Quality Hotel; Park Leisure Centre; Harte's Spar; Sally's Super Valu; Technology Park; Carbery Milk Products; Irish Yogurts; Vodafone Shop and Clonakilty Recycling Centre".

 

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