An Foras Pátrúnachta is the largest patron body of Irish medium schools in Ireland at both primary and secondary level.
The number of schools under the patronage of An Foras Pátrúnachta continues to grow. There are currently 74 primary schools and 6 secondary level schools under An Foras.
Over 17,000 students attend schools under An Foras Pátrúnachta in 23 counties. More than 1,200 people are employed in our schools and over 500 voluntary members sit on our Board of Management. The cornerstone of our schools is the community and the thousands of parents who support our schools.
Schools under the Patronage of An Foras Pátrúnachta are all: Irish-medium, child centred, co-educational, democratic schools with a choice of four types of spiritual ethos. The spiritual ethos of An Foras Pátrúnachta schools are: Catholic, Multi-denominational, Inter-denominational and Intra-denominational.
An Foras Pátrúnachta is the only Patron body to offer a choice of four ethoses to parents. As a result of the choice of ethos, An Foras Pátrúnachta meets the needs of parents who wish to educate the children through the medium of Irish irrespective of their religious background.