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11.03.22 PRESS RELEASE: Choice is key to success in Reconfiguration

An Foras Pátrúnachta, the largest patron of Irish-medium schools, welcomes today’s announcement by Minister Foley regarding the Schools Reconfiguration for Diversity Process. This agreement with the Irish Episcopal Conference Council for Education, offers the opportunity for schools to transfer patronage and change ethos to a multi-denominational model. The agreement is a positive step towards the increased provision of multi-denominational schools and increased choice for parents and school communities. 

The process also provides current Gaelscoileanna with the opportunity to transfer to the only  Irish-Medium patron, An Foras Pátrúnachta. Having provided multi-denominational education since opening our first school in 1993, we have been actively engaged in the reconfiguration process for the past number of years. Through this process, we have developed a pathway for schools which has resulted in the divestment of the largest school (320 students) to date from a Catholic patron. 

Building on this success, we are currently consulting with our denominational schools where the school community considers whether or not they wish to reconfigure to a multi-denominational model. This process, facilitated by our Schools Reconfiguration Officer, allows school communities to consider how best to cater for their evolving needs. We believe choice, consultation, and comprehensive information is key for any transition to be a success. 

There is an onus to ensure transparency and the provision of information on every divestment choice in the upcoming processes. In the past 15 years, when given the choice, every community who chose their new school to be a gaelscoil, chose An Foras Pátrúnachta as their multi-denominational patron. The facilitation of parental choice should not be overlooked in this process. Limiting information to school communities in relation to patronage options risks the process becoming a missed opportunity for providing real choice. 

General Secretary of An Foras Pátrúnachta, Caoimhín Ó hEaghra has said: “This a great opportunity for communities to be more inclusive and cater for the diverse needs of children and their parents. It also provides a unique opportunity for the provision of multi-denominational Irish-medium education provided by an Irish-medium patron. Put simply, an Irish-medium patron for Irish-medium schools.” 




 Notes to Editor:

  •   Interviews are available on request.

 About An Foras Pátrúnachta: An Foras Pátrúnachta is a national patron for both primary and second level schools, seeking to develop, strengthen and promote education through the medium of Irish throughout the country. It is a patron of 79 schools, with over 17,000 students attending those schools. Schools under the patronage of An Foras Pátrúnachta are located in 23 counties around Ireland. 24 of the schools have a multi-denominational ethos. Since 2013, reflecting societal demand, all 16 of our new schools have a multi-denominational ethos.


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10.03.22 PRESS RELEASE: An additional 12 gaelscoileanna awarded DEIS status

An Foras Pátrúnachta (AFP), the largest patron of Irish-medium schools in the country, has today (10.03.22) welcomed the announcement of the expansion of the DEIS programme. The newly identified schools were confirmed by Minister Foley yesterday following a review by the Department of Education.

9 gaelscoileanna under the patronage of An Foras Pátrúnachta have been included on the announced list. The gaelscoileanna are located in 8 different counties in addition to one gaelscoil moving from DEIS Band 2 to DEIS Band 1. Under the new identification model, more objective information is used to assess a school community which has led to the increased provision.

Speaking on the announcement, General Secretary of An Foras Pátrúnachta, Caoimhín Ó hEaghra said: “We are delighted an additional 9 schools under our patronage have been awarded DEIS status. This is in addition to 3 gaelscoileanna under catholic patronage and a large number of gaeltacht schools. Equality of opportunity is at the core of our schools’ ethos and this expansion is a very positive step to ensure the continuity of provision for students who experience significant disadvantage. While we welcome the increased provision of targeted supports for these schools, there is an onus on education partners to work together to ensure that adequate resources will be in place in time for an immediate start in September.”

“A number of schools have expressed concern to us at the lack of communication regarding the identification model. In the coming weeks, we will support schools who wish to engage with the review process regarding their inclusion in the DEIS programme.”

Welcoming their inclusion on the announced list, Príomhoide of Gaelscoil Átha Í, Sorcha Ní Mhistéil said: “We are delighted to have been included in this announcement which will result in significant additional resources for our school community. This will enable us to support our students and their families as we work together to help every child reach their full potential.”

An Foras Pátrúnachta is currently the patron for 79 schools in 23 counties across Ireland and 14 of those schools now have DEIS status.




  • Caoimhín Ó hEaghra, General Secretary
    • 086-1738044
  • Cormac Mc Cashin, New Schools Manager
    • 086-0311162

 Notes to Editor:

  • Interviews are available on request.

About An Foras Pátrúnachta: An Foras Pátrúnachta is a national patron for both primary and second level schools, seeking to develop, strengthen and promote education through the medium of Irish throughout the country. It is a patron of 79 schools, with over 17,000 students attending those schools. Schools under the patronage of An Foras Pátrúnachta are located in 23 counties around Ireland.


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Zoom Meeting, 18/10/21 6pm, Gaelcholáiste Ghlór na Mara, Dundalk

There will be an information meeting about the enrolment process for the satellite of Coláiste Ghlór na Mara, Dundalk, next Monday at 6pm on Zoom. Closing date for applications, 22nd October 2021.

  • The meeting is open to prospective parents and the community.
  • The meeting will be bilingual (welcome as Gaeilge, information in English)
  • The meeting will last between 30mins to an hour
  • Questions are welcome at the meeting

Topic: CGNM Dún Dealgan

Time: Oct 18, 2021 06:00 PM Dublin
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30/03/15 Gallery – Comhdháil an Fhorais Phátrúnachta

Tá an scéal seo ar fáil as Gaeilge amháin. 

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25/03/15 Monopoly now available ‘as Gaeilge’

Tá an scéal seo ar fáil as Gaeilge amháin. 

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06/03/15 Spongebob Squarebhristí – new film will be available as Gaeilge!

Paramount Pictures announced in February that The Spongebob Movie: Sponge out of Water will be available in Ireland as Gaeilge in selected cineams, as well as in English, when it is released from 27 March. Based on the Nickelodeon series Spongebob Squarepants, this movie sees the spongey hero come ashore in his latest adventure.


Dubbing has begun by Macalla Teoranta — the team which dubs the SpongeBob Squarepants TV series on TG4, so they have plenty of practice of the various characters – Spongebob himself, Sally the squirrel and Patrick the starfish!


Movies @ Dundrum, the cinema in Dundrum Shopping Centre, is one of the cinemas taking part in showing the movie as Gaeilge. There will be one screening of the movie as Gaeilge during week starting 27 March. This screening shows the demand there is for bilingual services in the region, and the events that should be available for people through the medium of Irish.


Make sure to book your tickets as quick as you can for Spongebob an Scannán: Spúinse as Uisce! The tickets are on sale to the public from Tuesday March 10. 


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04/03/15 Success of Comhdháil an Fhorais Phátrúnachta 2015

Comhdháil an Fhorais Phátrúnachta 2015 was run with great success in Dublin on Saturday 28 February.

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This piece is only available as Gaeilge.

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05/01/2015 Irish Examiner

Building to start on 51 schools

Construction should start on 51 school buildings next year as part of a €450m capital programme announced yesterday.

The projects are a mix of replacement facilities for existing schools and accommodation for start-up primary and second-level schools, as well as two new special schools in Carrigaline, Co Cork, and Enniscorthy, Co Wexford.

The new Sonas facility is one of five new-build projects in the Cork town on a list of 70 major projects going to construction in 2015, published by Education Minister Jan O’Sullivan. The others are three second-level schools and a new building for Gaelscoil Charraig Uí Leighinn.

A gaelscoil that has been the subject of local political controversy is also listed to move to construction, even though a planning application has yet to be lodged. A campaign group in Fermoy, Co Cork, has been targeting Minister of State Seán Sherlock about commitments for a new building for Gaelscoil de hÍde, which is scheduled by Ms O’Sullivan to proceed next year.

Its inclusion received a cautious welcome from principal at the 410-pupil school, Seán McGearrailt.

“We’re delighted to be finally on this list after a long campaign by parents, staff and management, but there’s still a long way to go. Hopefully it will happen next year, but the site has yet to be acquired, design work done and planning permission got,” he said.

The schools capital outlay for next year is €20m less than the €470m budget in 2014, although Ms O’Sullivan revealed last week that €35.5m targeted at large building projects was not spent due to a range of delays.

The 70 projects announced over a year ago to begin construction in 2014 included 22 primary and 12 second-level buildings. Planning appeals delayed 14 projects this year but three have been cleared and started construction, and another five are set to see work begin next year.

Under the 2015 programme, work should start on 44 new primary schools and five new builds at second-level, with 19 major extensions set to begin. Dublin projects make up 18 of those on the list, followed by Cork with 11, six in Galway, and three each in Clare, Louth, Meath and Wexford.

More than 40 major projects were completed or occupied during the past year, and the Department of Education expects almost 200 to be in progress during 2015, when those with work already started are added to those on the new list. Projects for future years will be assessed as 2015 progresses, to see if they are ready to go to construction and if there is financial scope to do so.

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05/01/2015 Longford Leader

Longford given green light for new Gaelscoil

A brand new, state of the art Gaelscoil is on the cards for Longford town, the Department of Education & Skills revelaed this week.

Details of the announcement were made by Education Minister Jan O’Sullivan as part of a €2.2bn government investment package.

Building work on the new Gaelscoil an Longfoirt at Farneyhoogan will get underway next year in accordance with a five year blueprint to meet changing infrastructural and rising population demands.

One of over 270 new school projects, a Department of Education spokeswoman confirmed the new school is likely to be completed as early as 2016.

The finer points of the project, including costs and its anticipated duration were not disclosed for fear of jeopardising the tendering process.

Local Fine Gael TD James Bannon said the news could not have come at a better time for teachers and parents alike.

Equally, the spin-off benefits to the local economy would be numerous, he said.

“I am absolutely delighted that construction on a new school for Gaelscoil an Longfoirt, Fearann Úi Dhuagain will get underway in 2015,” said Deputy Bannon.

“I have no doubt that the construction of a new school will have a positive impact on the teachers, pupils and the local community; equally it will also provide a significant boost in terms of construction jobs.”

The Legan TD paid tribute to principal Yvonne Ní Mhurchú for her own efforts in helping to bring the project to fruition.

“Gaelscoil an Longfoirt, Farneyhoogan and its Principal Yvonne Ní Mhurchú have campaigned over a long number of years for upgraded facilities.

“I compliment them on their efforts, which have culminated in today’s announcement.”

Speaking to the Leader, Ms Ní Mhurchú said the latest developments amounted to a “great news story” for Longford.

She also added, “this is an indication that the Department of Education & Skills is investing in Irish language education”.

She went on to say that a number of sites were currently in the pipeline and it would be the Department and Longford Co Council that would eventually determine which site was the most suitable for a new school.

“Thank God the funding is secure for the new school; in the New Year we will get the site determined and we will then have the design team and architects on board,” she continued.

“The money has been ring fenced and the Department is putting money into Irish education here in Longford. We anticipate at this stage that the new school will take six to 12 months to complete. We are looking forward to the next 12 to 18 months.”

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