Important Announcements

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Gael-linn Finals

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Exemption from studying Irish

We are asking parents to have their say in relation to exemptions from studying Irish. Please have your say in improving the current flawed system by completing the link here. 

Parents urged to support campaigns as applications made for new gaelscoileanna

The largest patron of Irish-medium schools in the country, An Foras Pátrúnachta (AFP) has today (15.11.18) announced that it has applied for the patronage of 12 new primary schools in Dublin, Wicklow, Cork and Kildare, opening in 2019. The new schools were confirmed by the Department of Education and Skills earlier this year to cater for growth in population.

The process for awarding patronage of the school has been confirmed by the Department of Education and Skills and parental demand is central.

The application has been made as part of AFP’s Gaelscoil4All campaign which aims to ensure all children in Ireland have the option to attend a gaelscoil.

An Foras Pátrúnachta is currently the patron for over 70 schools in 22 counties across Ireland. The applications which has been made are for a co-ed, multi-denominational, gaelscoileanna. AFP is also offering parents the choice of multi-lingual education, where children will learn a subject through a major european language.

Mr Ó hEaghra added: “Providing diversity in education and choice to parents is essential. In our schools, everyone’s welcome and everyone’s equal. We welcome all pupils regardless of their background, religion or language of the home.”

Information for parents interested in a new gaelscoil for their area can be found at, along with answers to parents’ most frequently asked questions about gaelscoileanna and further information on the patronage process.

Lá na nDaltaí, Tayto Park

Join us for the biggest day in the history of Irish-medium education! We’re delighted to be hosting the largest ever gathering of gaelscoil students as part of our 25th year celebrations!

As this is an internal schools event, information on the day is on the Irish version of this page.

Parents who have queries are advised to contact the relevant school directly.

We’re most grateful to our sponsors for their generous support:

International Perspectives on Immersion Education

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Immersion Edu Irish Invite V3

Gael-linn events

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TechSpace Training Course

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New Resource Teaching Allocation Model

Please see attached links to both the Parental Information Booklet and Leaflets regarding the New Resource Teaching Allocation Model, these are now available on Departments website.

An Foras Pátrúnachta calls for restoration of capitation grant

An Foras Pátrúnachta has called for an urgent increase in State funded schools to enable them to provide for their basic educational necessities.

The call which has been echoed by the main management bodies in Ireland, calls for the capitation grant to be restored to €200 annually per child and thus reversing a 15% cut to capitation funding since 2010.

General Secretary of An Foras Pátrúnachta, Caoimhín Ó hEaghra, has said that the restoration of the grant is absolutely necessary to ensure schools can support themselves without having to ask parents to continue to fill the shortfall.