Seven Irish-medium schools honoured for achieving excellence

Seven Irish-medium schools, including three Gaelscoileanna (primary schools), three Naíscoileanna (nursery schools) and one post-primary school were honoured for achieving excellence in educational provision at a ceremony in Stormont on December 7th.  The schools recognised as ‘achieving the highest level for overall effectiveness’, are:

  • Gaelscoil an Chaistil, Ballycastle
  • Bunscoil an tSléibhe Dhuibh, Belfast
  • St Francis’ Primary School, Lurgan & Irish-medium unit
  • Naíscoil Chois Locha, Lurgan
  • Naíscoil Charn Tóchair, Maghera
  • Naíscoil Ghleann Darach, Crumlin
  • St Joseph’s Grammar School, Donaghmore & Irish-medium Unit

Speaking ahead of the ceremony, Liam Ó Flannagáin, CEO of Comhairle na Gaelscolaíochta, the statutory body for the promotion of Irish-medium education, remarked that this award was welcome recognition for the endeavours of all the schools involved;

‘On behalf of Comhairle na Gaelscolaíochta, I congratulate the staff, management committees and boards of governors of all seven schools. These awards are testament to the hard work and dedication of everyone involved with these schools, and underline the huge improvement in standards in the Irish-medium sector over the past few years. This, together with the record numbers of parents now choosing Irish-medium education for their children, in over 80 settings across the north, means that the future is bright for the region’s fastest-growing education sector,’

Sonia Nic Giolla Easbuig, Chair of Naíscoil Charn Tóchair stated:

All associated with the Naíscoil are delighted to receive this recognition from the Department of Education. The high standard achieved in Naíscoil Charn Tóchair is as a result of the hard work and dedication of the Staff and parents involved with the school throughout the years.

The Naíscoil opened it’s doors over 30 years ago and since then has been an integral part of the Carntogher Community. This community has a deep respect, a undefying attitude and a deep grá for the Irish language and culture that stands out amongst other rural communities. ‘

Sonia added:

There is an Irish saying “Ár scáth a chéile a mhaireann na daoine” meaning ‘people survive better together’ and Naíscoil Charn Tóchair and its local community illustrate this in abundance.’