Important Announcements

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Immersion education conference

Immersion education conference

This particular conference and it’s materials will be in Irish. Please change your language selection to Irish at the top of the page.

How should DES grants be spent?

Financial Guideline P04

The latest FSSU Financial Guideline is available to read here.

Research on deaf or hard of hearing gaelscoil students

Plain Language Statement

Principal/Board of Management


What this research study is about:

The School of Inclusive & Special Education in Dublin City University is undertaking a study entitled “‘Bodhar sa Ghaelscoil’: the language backgrounds, experiences and practices of Deaf or Hard of Hearing (DHH) children enrolled in Gaelscoileanna in the Republic of Ireland”. The principal investigator is Dr Elizabeth Mathews ( or 01-8842247). This research is part-funded by the St. Patrick’s College Research Committee under Dublin City University. The purpose of the study is to better understand why DHH children are increasingly being enrolled in Gaelscoileanna and what their language experiences are both at home and in school.  This research is being carried out because the enrolment of DHH children in Gaelscoileanna is a recent phenomenon, and we know very little about it.

What am I asking you to do?

For the purposes of this research study, I am asking for your permission to interview your resource teacher (or the child’s class teacher if there is no resource teacher) about their experience of working with the study child who is DHH and in your Gaelscoil. I estimate that the interview will take about one hour. I would like to audio record this interview so that I can transcribe it. I would also like to ask for your permission to examine some documents relating to the study child that you have (for example a recent audiogram, speech and language therapy reports, existing test results) so that I can find out a little more about children’s language background.  Parents will also be interviewed and the child will complete a questionnaire with the help of their parent.  Parents will also be asked to give consent for all aspects of this study.


What are the potential risks or benefits?

There is a very small risk that the teacher involved might find it upsetting to recount any professional difficulties they are having in the area of including this pupil in your Gaelscoil.  If this happens, I will follow up with that teacher by phone call the day after the interview. If, following that, they are still upset, I will provide you with information on how they can contact the Special Education Support Service for support in this area. However, it is anticipated that this research may be beneficial since it may bring awareness to the issue.  The results of the research will be presented at a public lecture in Dublin, and a summary will be made available online on the DCU website. Academic publications and conference presentations will also be used to broadcast the results.


How will the data be stored?

All information collected from you for this study will be anonymised and securely stored in password-protected documents and hard copy data will be stored in a locked filing cabinet.  Hard copy data will be shredded and your contact details will be deleted and expunged after two years.  Research data will be anonymized and stored electronically in password-protected files for later research.  Please note that confidentiality of data is subject to legal limitations. Also, given the small number of DHH students enrolled in Gaelscoileanna nationwide, there is the possibility that your school may be identifiable to those familiar with it who read this study. Participation in this study is voluntary and you are free to withdraw from the research study at any point before the completion of the study.

If you have any questions about this study, you are welcome to contact the principal

investigator by email at

Coirm Gael Linn 2018

This post is related to an Irish-language event. Please view the Irish version of this page.

SPU Newsletter

SPU Newsletter, Edition 5

The latest SPU Newsletter can be read here and in addition a promotional flyer for the new PCs & Laptops contracts available to all schools is available to read here.

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.