“My child loves going to the Gaelscoil. She is really happy there, it is fantastic to hear her speaking Irish playing with her friends.”
– Anna, Parent.
“As a parent I wanted my children to speak Irish & I always regretted not having Irish myself. I really enjoyed helping them with their homework. Looking back, it was the best decision I made for my children and their future.”
– Tom, Parent
“When the Gaelscoil opened in my areas, I sent my two youngest children there. It is one of my proudest achievements to date as a parent.”
– Deirdre, Parent
“I received both my primary and secondary education through Irish and am now studying in a third level college. The benefits for me were enormous and I can now speak two languages fluently”
– Sorcha, 3rd Level Student, NUI Maynooth.
“Both staff and students in the all Irish secondary school I attended were in the school because they wanted to be there. It was an excellent school with an excellent principal.”
– Marcus, 3rd Level Student, Trinity College.
“I attended an English speaking school when i was four years old. When my family moved to a region with a Gaelscoil, they took the opportunity to enrol me. I attended the naíonra until I was 5 years old and progressed onto the Irish medium primary school”.
“I thought I was a right smarty pants because I had more Irish vocabulary than the adults in my life! My cousins child now attends a Irish medium school, her face completely lights up when I speck to her in Irish.”
“As I was preparing for the Leaving Cert, my Mum gave me the choice to transfer to an English speaking school, I refused her offer. I wanted to continue in Irish. My school had a great atmosphere ,there was always music being played and céilís held. I felt I was in a very special place.”
“I still go to the Gaeltacht during the summer with my friends,5 years in a row now, to have the craic and ‘an Gaeilge a labhairt’ “
–Sinéad, 3rd Level Student, Dublin Business School.