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30/03/15 Gallery – Comhdháil an Fhorais Phátrúnachta

Tá an scéal seo ar fáil as Gaeilge amháin. 

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25/03/15 Monopoly now available ‘as Gaeilge’

Tá an scéal seo ar fáil as Gaeilge amháin. 

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06/03/15 Spongebob Squarebhristí – new film will be available as Gaeilge!

Paramount Pictures announced in February that The Spongebob Movie: Sponge out of Water will be available in Ireland as Gaeilge in selected cineams, as well as in English, when it is released from 27 March. Based on the Nickelodeon series Spongebob Squarepants, this movie sees the spongey hero come ashore in his latest adventure.


Dubbing has begun by Macalla Teoranta — the team which dubs the SpongeBob Squarepants TV series on TG4, so they have plenty of practice of the various characters – Spongebob himself, Sally the squirrel and Patrick the starfish!


Movies @ Dundrum, the cinema in Dundrum Shopping Centre, is one of the cinemas taking part in showing the movie as Gaeilge. There will be one screening of the movie as Gaeilge during week starting 27 March. This screening shows the demand there is for bilingual services in the region, and the events that should be available for people through the medium of Irish.


Make sure to book your tickets as quick as you can for Spongebob an Scannán: Spúinse as Uisce! The tickets are on sale to the public from Tuesday March 10. 


04/03/15 Success of Comhdháil an Fhorais Phátrúnachta 2015

Comhdháil an Fhorais Phátrúnachta 2015 was run with great success in Dublin on Saturday 28 February.


This piece is only available as Gaeilge.

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05/01/2015 Irish Examiner

Building to start on 51 schools

Construction should start on 51 school buildings next year as part of a €450m capital programme announced yesterday.

The projects are a mix of replacement facilities for existing schools and accommodation for start-up primary and second-level schools, as well as two new special schools in Carrigaline, Co Cork, and Enniscorthy, Co Wexford.

The new Sonas facility is one of five new-build projects in the Cork town on a list of 70 major projects going to construction in 2015, published by Education Minister Jan O’Sullivan. The others are three second-level schools and a new building for Gaelscoil Charraig Uí Leighinn.

A gaelscoil that has been the subject of local political controversy is also listed to move to construction, even though a planning application has yet to be lodged. A campaign group in Fermoy, Co Cork, has been targeting Minister of State Seán Sherlock about commitments for a new building for Gaelscoil de hÍde, which is scheduled by Ms O’Sullivan to proceed next year.

Its inclusion received a cautious welcome from principal at the 410-pupil school, Seán McGearrailt.

“We’re delighted to be finally on this list after a long campaign by parents, staff and management, but there’s still a long way to go. Hopefully it will happen next year, but the site has yet to be acquired, design work done and planning permission got,” he said.

The schools capital outlay for next year is €20m less than the €470m budget in 2014, although Ms O’Sullivan revealed last week that €35.5m targeted at large building projects was not spent due to a range of delays.

The 70 projects announced over a year ago to begin construction in 2014 included 22 primary and 12 second-level buildings. Planning appeals delayed 14 projects this year but three have been cleared and started construction, and another five are set to see work begin next year.

Under the 2015 programme, work should start on 44 new primary schools and five new builds at second-level, with 19 major extensions set to begin. Dublin projects make up 18 of those on the list, followed by Cork with 11, six in Galway, and three each in Clare, Louth, Meath and Wexford.

More than 40 major projects were completed or occupied during the past year, and the Department of Education expects almost 200 to be in progress during 2015, when those with work already started are added to those on the new list. Projects for future years will be assessed as 2015 progresses, to see if they are ready to go to construction and if there is financial scope to do so.

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05/01/2015 Longford Leader

Longford given green light for new Gaelscoil

A brand new, state of the art Gaelscoil is on the cards for Longford town, the Department of Education & Skills revelaed this week.

Details of the announcement were made by Education Minister Jan O’Sullivan as part of a €2.2bn government investment package.

Building work on the new Gaelscoil an Longfoirt at Farneyhoogan will get underway next year in accordance with a five year blueprint to meet changing infrastructural and rising population demands.

One of over 270 new school projects, a Department of Education spokeswoman confirmed the new school is likely to be completed as early as 2016.

The finer points of the project, including costs and its anticipated duration were not disclosed for fear of jeopardising the tendering process.

Local Fine Gael TD James Bannon said the news could not have come at a better time for teachers and parents alike.

Equally, the spin-off benefits to the local economy would be numerous, he said.

“I am absolutely delighted that construction on a new school for Gaelscoil an Longfoirt, Fearann Úi Dhuagain will get underway in 2015,” said Deputy Bannon.

“I have no doubt that the construction of a new school will have a positive impact on the teachers, pupils and the local community; equally it will also provide a significant boost in terms of construction jobs.”

The Legan TD paid tribute to principal Yvonne Ní Mhurchú for her own efforts in helping to bring the project to fruition.

“Gaelscoil an Longfoirt, Farneyhoogan and its Principal Yvonne Ní Mhurchú have campaigned over a long number of years for upgraded facilities.

“I compliment them on their efforts, which have culminated in today’s announcement.”

Speaking to the Leader, Ms Ní Mhurchú said the latest developments amounted to a “great news story” for Longford.

She also added, “this is an indication that the Department of Education & Skills is investing in Irish language education”.

She went on to say that a number of sites were currently in the pipeline and it would be the Department and Longford Co Council that would eventually determine which site was the most suitable for a new school.

“Thank God the funding is secure for the new school; in the New Year we will get the site determined and we will then have the design team and architects on board,” she continued.

“The money has been ring fenced and the Department is putting money into Irish education here in Longford. We anticipate at this stage that the new school will take six to 12 months to complete. We are looking forward to the next 12 to 18 months.”

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05/01/2015 The Irish Times

Forum head calls on church to speed up schools handover

Patronage forum chairman suggests cutting funding if no progress occurs

The Department of Education needs to wield a “stick” against the Catholic Church if it wants to make progress on the divestment of schools to other patrons, according to the chairman of the forum on patronage and pluralism.

Prof John Coolahan says the church’s refusal to take “a proactive stance” in promoting the divestment of schools undermined the process from the outset, and he suggests cuts in school funding might be considered to concentrate minds.

UN human rights monitors have criticised “the slow progress in increasing access to secular education” in Ireland and are warning the Government it faces fresh censure in the absence of reform.

Former minister for education Ruairí Quinn once talked about removing half of the State’s 3,100 primary schools from Catholic Church control to create a more diverse and inclusive system.

To date, however, the church has yet to hand over a single primary school to another patron, although it did merge two Catholic schools to create a vacant property for Educate Together.

One Church of Ireland school has transferred to Educate Together, the multidenominational patron which has also opened nine new primary schools in areas of growing populations.

Prof Coolahan said: “There needs to be a carrot and a stick and I think the stick wasn’t much applied as time went on.

“If there was no movement at all then I do think that you could say schools in this area – though this might be a bit crude – would have reduced capitation,” he added.

Educate Together

Minister for Education Jan O’Sullivan has said she hopes to be able to announce this month plans for “three to four” further Educate Together schools, including in Tuam and New Ross.

These are two of 28 areas that have been earmarked for change on foot of parental surveys in select locations.

Prof Coolahan, who oversaw the forum’s main report in April 2012 and has contributed to subsequent update reports, suggests it was a mistake to leave the Catholic bishops, as patrons, to drive the reforms.

While they arranged for boards of management to meet parents and to discuss the merits of changing patronage, he said, “they rarely turned up themselves.

“They didn’t explain, ‘look, we would like this to happen, we think this should happen because we have concern for the public good – love your neighbour’.

“They have never taken a proactive, direct stance, using their offices to open people’s minds. They have done it at a distance.

“It was never going to happen if you were just going to leave it open like that. It always needed church and State to use their good offices at local level where there was a legitimacy of moving.”

Phasing out

In its latest report, the UN committee overseeing the implementation of the covenant on civil and political rights said it was concerned about the slow progress, not only in divesting patronage but also in creating non-denominational schools and in phasing out integrated religious curriculums in State schools.

Rapporteur for Ireland Yuval Shany told The Irish Times: “We do not have the power to sanction states but we would contend the State is under a legal obligation to take on board the recommendations in good faith.

“The way the Government undertakes these reforms is really up to the Government but it should go towards a system which offers the student options.”

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05/01/2015 The Herald

Mother Teresa's old school 'Gaelwarts' in demand as a wedding venue

Meet the class in Dublin's own 'Hogwarts' school in the building where Mother Teresa learned English.

The doors of Gael Cholaiste an Phiarsaig opened in September and accepted its first 16 students.

The Rathfarnham school is located in a former Loreto Abbey on the southside of the capital.

It has been described by many as Ireland's answer to Hogwarts, but the students have a better name for the historic building.

"They love it here. It is the Irish answer to Hogwarts, the students call it Gaelwarts," principal Joe Mac Suibhne told the Herald.

It was planned for development until the crash and then Nama took the keys. Nama sold the school earlier this year to the Department of Education for a reported €2.3m.

It is the first post-primary Gaelscoil to open on the south of the Liffey in more than a decade and it's is hoped that the entire building when completed will cater for 500 students.

It is believed that the Department of Education will need to invest a total of €12m into the building to fully revamp it. Mother Teresa of Calcutta studied English here when she came to Ireland in the 1920s.

Mr Mac Suibhne said that his young pupils do understand the significance of their school.

"It is a really beautiful building," he said. "The school is in demand but we are only enrolling the year before students are due to start. We are not letting people enrol ten years in advance; we want to keep it fair."

The mixed school will take in three classes of first years next September. There are currently six teachers working in the school.

"It's a great atmosphere we have at the minute, it's like a family. We hope to keep hold of that," he said.

Students and staff are currently restricted to one part of the building.

"It will be refurbished as we go along," the principal explained.

"We are actually based in the oldest part at the moment, it was built in 1725. It's a beautiful period building."

"The rooms are all very large, with 15ft high that all have ornate coving," he explained.

There is also a church located within the abbey.

"The church is a fabulous building. I have people emailing me to have their weddings here," Mr Mac Suibhne revealed.

It's not the first time that the 250-year-old building has housed a school. Up until the mid-1990s it was Catholic boarding school for girls.

Any building work that was carried out was done very carefully and an architecture team are currently drawing up plans for the refurbishment.


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19/11/2014 Leitrim Observer

Bernard Dunne coming to Leitrim to support plans for second level gaelscoil

The Dublin Dynamo, champion boxer and celebrity presenter of Bród Club (RTÉ) Bernard Dunne will address a public meeting in the Glens Centre, Manorhamilton at 7.30pm on Thursday, 20th November in support of plans to open Coláiste Loch Gile, an Irish medium secondary school servicing Leitrim, Sligo and South Donegal.

Parents and primary school pupils in 4th, 5th and 6th class are particularly welcome to attend.

Other speakers being confirmed include Brendan Ó Dufaigh, principal of Coláiste Oriail the 2nd highest transfer to university secondary school in Ulster, Pádraig Ó Baoill: Founding committee member and History teacher in Gaelcholáiste an Eachréidh (Loch Réidh) and Katriona Kerrigan, a past-pupil of an Irish medium secondary school and teacher in Gaelscoil Chnoc na Ré, Sligo.

It is envisaged that the Irish medium secondary school, Coláiste Loch Gile, will commence in September 2015.

Pupils from all lingustic and cultural backgrounds will be most welcome at this new school which will serve pupils who presently attend English-medium schools in the Northwest as well as those attending Gaelscoil Chnoc na Ré in Sligo, Gaelscoil Chluainín in Manorhamilton, Gaelscoil Liatroma in Carrick in Co. Leitrim, and Gaelscoil Eirne in Ballyshannon, Co. Donegal.

The benefits of immersion education, and in this case education in Gaelic medium school, where all subjects except English are taught through Irish, has been well documented over the past three decades.

Research by the Department of Education in Northern Ireland shows that pupils of Irish-medium schools attained a higher academic standard than other pupils in the same age group.

Studies here show that pupils of Irish-medium schools achieved levels greater than the national average in reading and writing in both Irish and English.

Further studies have indicated that students in Gaelic medium schools perform as well as if not better in mathematics than their peers in English medium schools.

Data from other European countries shows that bi-lingual children learn further languages with greater ease.

Research also shows that students from Irish medium schools have a greater tolerance of other cultures and are more open to cultural diversity due to the cultural enrichment they experience in these schools.

A similar meeting wil occur on Thursday, November 27th in Dorrian’s Hotel, Ballyshannon at 7.30pm on Thursday, 27 November.

Further Information: Anna Ní Bhroin, Cathaoirleach Coiste Bhunnaithe Coláiste Loch Gile, (087) 0667600

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