The principals at three new Gaelscoileanna under the patronage of An Foras Pátrúnachta welcomed their first pupils to school on Thursday August 29th.
Gaelscoil na Giúise, Firhouse, Gaelscoil Shliabh Rua, Stepaside and Gaelscoil Mhic Aodha, Kildare town are multidenominational Gaelscoileanna. These new schools will start out with Junior Infants only this year but it is expected that the schools will grow quickly.
In March 2012, the demand for Irish medium education in these areas was recognised by the Department of Education and it was announced that three Gaelscoileanna under the patronage of An Foras Pátrúnachta would be opened. Preparations for the opening of the schools have been underway since and the new principals are excited about the coming school year.
“The opening of these schools shows the demand for Irish medium education which is multidenominational and multicultural,” said Caoimhín Ó hEaghra, General Secretary of An Foras Pátrúnachta.
“An Foras Pátrúnachta is delighted to be able to cater for these parents and children and to provide them with excellent schools and excellent education. Schools under the patronage of An Foras Pátrúnachta ensure the growth and development of the language not only amongst pupils and the school community but amongst the entire community in the area.”
Fionnuala Ní Riain (below left), principal of Gaelscoil na Giúise, Firhouse hopes that the Gaelscoil in Firhouse will bring new life to the Irish language in the area.
Conchúr Ó Raghallaigh (below left), principal of Gaelscoil Shliabh Rua says that the interest in Irish and Irish culture is growing in Stepaside.
“Gaelscoil Shliabh Rua is the second Gaelscoil to open in Dublin 18,” he said. ”I am looking forward to working with Gaelscoil Thaobh na Coille to further develop the love for the language in the area.”
Norma Ní Chonchúir, principal of Gaelscoil Mhic Aodha is extremely proud of what the school community in Kildare town has achieved to date.
“The parents have given me great support,” said Ní Chonchúir. “They have decided on a lovely uniform and have designed the school crest. I am really looking forward to the year ahead.”