An Foras Pátrúnachta is the only Patron body to offer a choice of three ethos’s to parents: Catholic, Multidenominational & Interdenominational. 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.
An Irish-Medium school is where the Irish-language is:
- The language of the school
- The business and communicative language of the school
- The teaching and learning language in every subject except English
- The language of the teachers, the pupils and all aspects
3 Characteristic Spirits in An Foras Pátrúnachta Schools
- Irish-Medium School with a Catholic characteristic spirit
- Irish-Medium School with Interdenominational characteristic spirit
- Irish-Medium School with Multi-denominational characteristic spirit
Irish-Medium School with a Catholic characteristic spirit
1. A school under An Foras Pátrúnachta which has a Catholic characteristic spirit will function with a Catholic ethos which will foster the Christian life in the life of the school motivated by a belief in God and in Jesus Christ and by the values of the Gospel illustrated by prayer, celebration and the sacraments in co-operation with the parents, the church and the community.
2. In the school at religious instruction time the Catholic religious programme will be carried out and taught as well as the preparation of the pupils for the sacraments as laid down by the Archbishop/Bishop of the Diocese leading the pupil to love, recognise and follow God.
3. The diocesan counsellors and local clergy will be welcome in our schools to give support, advice and help to the Board of Management, to the school staff and to the parents in the preparation of the pupils for the sacraments and in providing the Religious Programme to the pupils.
4. The Board of Management has a duty to uphold, and to be accountable to the patron for upholding, the characteristic spirit of the school which is in accordance with the definition here stated of the Catholic Irish medium school.
Gaelscoileanna with a Catholic characteristic spirit
List of Catholic Schools under our patronage in Dublin
- Gaelscoil Bhaile Munna, Baile Munna, BÁC 11 01-8622275
- Gaelscoil Bharra, Cabrach, Baile Átha Cliath 7 01-8684827
- Gaelscoil Chnoc Liamhna, Cnoc Liamhna, Baile Átha Cliath 16 01-4939262
- Gaelscoil Cholmcille, Cúlóg, Baile Átha Cliath 9 01-8571541
- Gaelscoil Eiscir Riada, Leamhcán, Co. Átha Cliath 01-6210342
- Gaelscoil Lios na nÓg, Raghnallach, Baile Átha Cliath 4 01-4975300
- Gaelscoil Phádraig, Baile Breac, Co. Átha Cliath 01-2827345
- Gaelscoil Ros Eo, Ros Eo, Co. Átha Cliath 01-8949767
- Gaelscoil Thaobh na Coille, An Chéim, Baile Átha Cliath 18. 01-2950000
- Gaelscoil Uí Earcáin, Fionnghlas Thoir, Baile Átha Cliath 11. 01-8643544
List of Catholic Schools under our patronage in Leinster
- Gael-Choláiste Chill Dara, Nás na Ríogh, Co. Chill Dara 045-898294
- Gaelscoil Charman, Loch Garman, Co. Loch Garman. 053-9124227
- Gaelscoil Chill Dara, An Currach, Co. Chill Dara 045-442300
- Gaelscoil Éadon Doire, Éadon Doire, Co. Uibh Fháillí. 046-9773322
- Gaelscoil Inis Córthaidh, Inis Córthaidh, Co. Loch Garman. 053-9237422
- Gaelscoil Longfoirt, Longfort, Co. Longfoirt. 043-3341360
- Gaelscoil na Bóinne, Baile Átha Troim, Co. na Mí. 046-9437872
- Gaelscoil Phort Laoise, Port Laoise, Co. Laoise. 057-8688293
- Gaelscoil Uí Chéadaigh, Bré, Co. Chill Mhantáin 01-2865044
List of Catholic Schools under our patronage in Munster
- Gael-Choláiste Phort Láirge, Port Láirge 051-350855
- Gaelscoil Chaladh an Treoigh, Caladh an Treoigh, Luimneach. 061 339678
- Gaelscoil Charraig na Siúire, Co. Thiobraid Árainn 051-640366
- Gaelscoil Chluain Meala, Cluain Meala, Co. Thiobráid Árainn. 052-6127271
- Gaelscoil Dhochtúir Uí Shúilleabháin, An Sciobairín, Co. Chorcaí 028-21192
- Gaelscoil Mhúscraí, An Blárna, Co. Chorcaí. 021-4516874
- Gaelscoil Dhroichead na Bandan, Droichead na Bandan, Co. Chorcaí 023-8843378
- Gaelscoil Thiobraid Árann, Co. Thiobhráid Árainn 062-31240
- Gaelscoil Uí Choimín, Cill Rois, Co. an Chláir. 065-9052791
List of Catholic Schools under our patronage in Connaught
- Gaelscoil an Chluainín, Cluainín Uí Ruairc, Co. Liatroma. 071-9856821
- Gaelscoil Chnoc na Ré, Sligeach, Co. Shligigh. 071-9174019
- Gaelscoil de hÍde, Roscomáin, Co. Roscomáin. 090-6628860
- Gaelscoil Iarfhlatha, Tuaim, Co. na Gaillimhe 093-26075
- Gaelscoil Liatroma, Cora Droma Rúisc, Co. Liatroma 071-9671464
- Gaelscoil na Cruaiche, Cathair na Mart, Co. Mhaigh Eo. 098-28121
- Gaelscoil na gCeithre Maol, Béal an Átha, Co. Mhaigh Eo. 096-73828
List of Schools under our patronage in Ulster
- Gaelscoil Cois Feabhail, Bun an Phobail, Co. Dhún na nGall. 074-9385762
- Gaelscoil Eois, Cluain Eois, Co. Mhuineacháin. 047-52162
Irish-Medium School with Interdenominational characteristic spirit
1. A school under the patronage of An Foras Pátrúnachta which has an Interdenominational characteristic spirit will function with a shared Catholic and Protestant characteristic spirit. Recognition will be given to the ways in which both religions including the specific Protestant churches have enriched Irish life.
2. Understanding and acceptance of the Catholic and Protestant modes of worship will be promoted.
3. The pupils will be prepared for the sacraments pertaining to them.
4.The school will have a duty to recognise and celebrate tolerance.
5. An interdenominational school has a duty to serve completely these two main Christian traditions and to follow completely the current religious syllabi which are set out by the bishops of the relevant dioceses (or to follow completely the current religious syllabi set out by the bishops of the various faiths in the dioceses). In a case in which only pupils of one religion are enrolled in the school or in the class the policy stated here of the other faiths will be adhered to by giving the pupils an understanding of the other faith.
6. The Board of Management has a duty to uphold, and to be accountable to the patron for upholding, the characteristic spirit of the school which is in accordance with the definition here stated of the interdenominational school.
Our Interdenominational policy is available on our policy page.
Gaelscoileanna with an Interdenominational characteristic spirit
List of Interdenominational Schools under our patronage in Leinster
- Gaelscoil Átha Í, Átha Í, Co. Chill Dara 059-8634200
- Gaelscoil an Choillín, An Muileann gCearr, Co. na hIarmhí. 044-9330443
- Gaelscoil an Inbhir Mhóir, An tInbhéar Mór, Co. Chill Mhantáin 0402-39199
- Gaelscoil Chill Mhantáin, Ráth Naoi, Co. Chill Mhantáin 0404-67177
- Meánscoil Gharman, Inis Córthaidh, Co. Loch Garman 053-9235796
- Gaelscoil Mhoshíológ, Guaire, Co. Loch Garman. 053-9484028
- Gaelscoil na gCloch Liath, Na Clocha Liatha, Co. Chill Mhantáin 01-2010718
- Gaelscoil na Lochanna, Baile Coimín, Co. Chill Mhantáin 045-900525
- Gaelscoil Nás na Ríogh, An Nás, Co. Chill Dara 045-898766
- Gaelscoil Thulach na nÓg, Bóthar Rúisc, Dún Bóinne, Co. na Mí. 01-8252858
- Meánscoil Gharman, Coill an Bhrúnaigh, Inis Córthaidh, Co. Loch Garman. 053-9235796
List of Interdenominational Schools under our patronage in Dublin
List of Interdenominational Schools under our patronage in Ulster
- Gaelscoil an Chuilinn, Baile an Tirialaigh, Baile Átha Cliath 15. 01-6294100
- Gaelscoil Bhrian Bóroimhe, Coill na nÚll, Sord, Co. Átha Cliath. 01-8902799
- Gaelscoil Bhaile Brigín, Baile Brigín, Co. Átha Cliath. 01-8416036
- Gaelscoil Bhun Cranncha, Bun Cranncha, Co. Dhún na nGall. 074-9361988
- Gaelscoil na gCeithre Máistrí, Baile Dhún na nGall, Co. Dhún na nGall 074-9721095
- Gaelscoil Éirne, Béal Átha Seanaidh, Co. Dhún na nGall 071-9822780
Irish-Medium School with Multidenominational characteristic spirit
1. No particular (denominational) religion is taught within the official school timetable as set out by the Department of Education & Skills.
2. The Croí na Scoile (Heart of the School) Programme as composed by the school in collaboration with An Foras Pátrúnachta will be adhered to.
3. The parents have a responsibility to make arrangements for the teaching of denominational religion to their children outside official school time. The Board of Management and the school will be flexible in dealing with all groups and the Board will cater as much as possible for every group outside official school time.
4. The religious groups are taught through Irish only outside official school time. The teaching staff will not have a duty to take on this responsibility.
5. The Board of Management has a duty to uphold, and to be accountable to the patron for upholding, the characteristic spirit of the school which is in accordance with the definition here stated of the multidenominational Irish medium school.
Gaelscoileanna with a Multidenominational characteristic spirit
List of Multidenominational Schools under our patronage in Dublin
- Gaelscoil Shliabh Rua, Ballyogan, Dublin 18. 01 2921774
- Gaelscoil na Giúise, Teach na Giúise, Baile Átha Cliath 24. 01 552 0998
- Gaelscoil na Fuinseoige, Finsbury Park, Churchtown, Dublin 14. 01 2989851
- Gaelcholáiste an Phiarsaigh, Rath Fearnáin, Baile Átha Cliath 14. 01 493 3335
- Gaelcholáiste Ghlór na Mara, Baile Brigín, Co. Átha Cliath. 01 690 4481
List of Multidenominational Schools under our patronage in Leinster
- Gaelscoil an Bhradáin Fheasa, Droichead Átha, Co. na Mí. 041-9848667
- Gaelscoil na Mí, Cill Dhéagláin, Co. na Mí 087-3552878
- Gaelscoil na Laochra, Birr, Co. Offaly. 087-4394549
- Gaelscoil Mhic Aodha, Baile Chill Dara, Co. Chill Dara. 045 535588
- Coláiste Dhún Másc, Port Laoise, Co. Laoise.
List of Multidenominational Schools under our patronage in Connaught
- Gaelscoil Riabhach, Baile Locha Riach, Co. na Gaillimhe. 091-850638
- Gaelscoil Riada, Baile Átha an Rí, Co. na Gaillimhe. 091-847865
- Gaelscoil na bhFilí, Gort Inse Guaire, Co. na Gaillimhe. 091-630494
List of Multidenominational Schools under our patronage in Munster
- Gaelscoil an Ghoirt Álainn, Corcaigh, Co. Chorcaí 021-4551955
- Gaelscoil Chloch na gCoillte, Cloch na gCoillte, Co. Chorcaí. 023-8834882
- Gaelscoil an Chaisleáin, Baile an Chollaigh, Co. Chorcaí.
- Gaelscoil Uí Dhrisceoil, Gleann Maighir, Co. Chorcaí 021-4824288
List of Multidenominational Schools under our patronage in Ulster
- Gaelscoil Bhreifne, An Chabháin, Co. an Chabháin 049-4362402
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