Important Announcements

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Our sympathies on the passing of Feargal Ó Cuilinn

On behalf of An Foras Pátrúnachta we share thoughts and prayers with the family, friends and colleagues of Feargal Ó Cuilinn on his passing today. Ar dheis dé go raibh a anam.

2017 Art Competition

Our very successful art competition is back & based on the theme of this years Conference.
Click on the image for all information.

Dunamase college opens to great success

We wish all the best to the staff and students in Dunamase college. This is the first time An Foras Pátrúnachta has been part with an Aonad at secondary level and we are looking forward to the growth of the school. The following is a report from the school now that the school year is well underway:


We’re online!


There was huge excitement this week with the arrival of the students iPads and everyone was keen to start realising the potential of having technology at their fingertips in the classroom.

Students at Dunamase College will now store, collaborate and research the information that they need for each class, in all the different subjects and can access it at all times on their devices. Through the new short course for the Junior Cert, Digital Media Literacy, students will also learn how to research online, and how to use the internet responsibly and effectively, this is 21st century teaching and learning at its best!




Debating is underway as we start to prepare for Gael Linn, Díospóireacht Uí Chadhain, whereby our team of four students will learn the language and skills needed for public speaking. Best of luck in the competition!




Our musicians have come together to form a trad music band, there will be weekly practice and the group will be entering various music competitions throughout the school year. We’re delighted to be underway and ready to entertain!


Gael-linn schemes, competitions and resources for 2017/18

As this post is directed at our schools, the post is only available in Irish.


Guidance for Schools on Good Procurement Practices

Guidance for schools on good procurement practices are available by clicking on the image below.


Guidelines for Schools Supporting Children with Special Educational needs

The Department of Education and Skills Guidelines for Schools Supporting Children with Special Educational needs is available here

21/03/17 SPU Newsletter

As the newsletter is in Irish, please change your language selection to view it. 

14/02/17 SPU checklist to help schools save money

The Schools Procurement Unit has put together a new checklist which will aid schools in saving money on the largest categories of expenditure. The checklist is to be completed and sent to the SPU and the more information provided, the better the advice the SPU can give to the relevant school. There's a completed checklist included in the document too. 

Click here to download the checklist. 

Careers with Irish fair 26/01/17

Foras na Gaeilge in partnership with Grad Ireland are running a campaign to highlight the benefits of bilingualism in the workplace. The campaign is focused on undergrads, aiming to encourage them to include their proficency in Irish on their cv when applying for jobs, to apply for Irish-medium courses and to apply for jobs in the Irish language sector. 

Online content is being developed in relation to careers with Irish and interviews with ambassadors of the campaign are available at:

There will also be stands at Careers Fair #FYI and Language Fair in the RDS, February 8th. Reps will be on hand to talk to students about the opportunities in training, employment and voluntary sectors. Further info is available at:

AFP to apply for four new multi-d gaelscoileanna



Monday, 5th December 2016


Irish medium schools’ patron campaigns for multi-denominational schools in Cork and Dublin 


The largest patron of Irish medium schools in the country, An Foras Pátrúnachta, has today (05.12.16) announced its intention to submit an application for patronage of four new schools in Cork and Dublin. 


The campaign is well underway to establish multi-denominational Irish speaking primary schools in the following areas: Ballincollig, Co. Cork (opening September 2017); Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin (opening September 2017); Navan Road West, Dublin (opening September 2017) and in Dublin 2, 4 & 6 (opening September 2018).


Following Minister for Education and Skills, Richard Bruton TD’s announcement last week, patrons will be invited to submit their application for new primary schools in Dublin and Cork by Friday 6th January 2017. An Foras Pátrúnachta will be applying to the Department of Education and Skills for the four schools to be designated as multi-denominational Irish-medium schools.


Commenting today, Caoimhín Ó hEaghra, General Secretary of An Foras Pátrúnachta said: “This is a fantastic opportunity to provide excellent education and diversity of choice to communities in Cork and Dublin. We are the largest patron of Irish-medium schools at both primary and secondary level in Ireland, and our schools are open to all children, offering a range of spiritual ethos.


“Our aim is to provide an excellent education through the Irish language to every child in Ireland who wants it. We already know that there is huge demand for Irish-medium education in these areas, with hundreds of children turned away every year from Gaeilscoileanna in certain catchments due to capacity issues. We are calling on all parents to register their interest today to ensure your choice and your voice is heard.”


The patron opened its 69th school earlier this year in South Dublin, and is now educating 15,000 students per annum. Schools under the patronage of An Foras Pátrúnachta are located in 22 counties around Ireland.


Caoimhín Ó hEaghra continued: “We meet families around the country on a day-to-day basis who are telling us that they want to provide their children with the extra benefits that Gaelscoileanna provide.


“Our schools follow the immersion education model, which helps pupils to become fluent in the language naturally by giving them daily experience of an Irish-speaking environment. 


“The benefits of an education through the medium of Irish and bilingual schooling 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 scores in English and Maths. Simply put – immersion education is excellent education.” 


Interested parents are asked to register their interest at The closing date for submitting applications, including evidence of parental preference, is Friday 6th January 2017.




Contact: Cormac McCashin, An Foras Pátrúnachta, 086-0311162 / 01-6294110.


Notes to Editor:


  • Interviews with An Foras Pátrúnachta and parents available on request.


About An Foras Pátrúnachta: An Foras Pátrúnachta is the national patron for both primary and second level schools, seeking to develop, strengthen and promote education through the medium of Irish throughout the country.