All-Irish Secondary Schools
An Irish-medium school operates like any other second-level school, except that Irish is the chosen teaching language in the school. It is the language of communication between teachers, students and management. Irish is a living language in the school, inside and outside the classrooms. Generally, an Irish-medium primary school is called a ‘Gaelscoil’ and an Irish-medium secondary school is known as a ‘Gaelcholáiste’.
Parents choose education through Irish for various reasons:
- It may be very important to them that their children have fluent Irish.
- They recognise that children receive a unique insight into their own culture and other cultures through attending a Gaelcholáiste.
- Pride in the language and in the child’s culture is nurtured while attending a Gaelcholáiste.
- They wish for their children to speak, read and write in two languages and benefit from the numerous advantages which accompany this skill.
- They want their children to experience the high standard of education that these schools provide.
- They want to develop the self confidence and identity of the child.