20/10/14 North Countyleader

An Foras Pátrúnachta / Press / 20/10/14 North Countyleader

New Gaelcholáiste For Balbriggan


A new Irish school, Coláiste Ghlór na Mara opened its doors for the first time recently.

This much anticipated day was the culmination of six years of determined campaigning by Coláiste Ghlór na Mara’s founding committee, headed up by Tim Ó Tuachaigh.

Principal, Aoife Elster, welcomed the first 26 pupils to their temporary facility in Castlelands, Balbriggan. She is joined by six other newly appointed teachers, who together will offer pupils an extensive curriculum and choice of subjects all as Gaeilge.

The Gaelcholáiste will consist of six classrooms, a science laboratory, a learning support unit, Art Room and a staff room as well as a general purpose area.

In 2016, the Gaelcholáiste will move to a 1000 pupil new build, which will be located adjacent to the new ring road, in order to cater for the 880 pupils already enrolled. This is indeed a very exciting time for everyone involved and staff and pupils alike are determined to follow in the footsteps of other Gaelcholáistí throughout Ireland as regards teaching excellence and academic achievement.