Coláiste an Eachréidh was founded in August 2006 when it opened its doors to 8 pupils and now, 2010, it has an enrollment of 98 pupils. Coláiste an Eachréidh is an all-Irish post-primary school under the auspices of County Galway Vocational Education Committee. It is a co-educational, multi denominational school in which Irish is the language of communication and all subjects are taught through the medium of Irish. Centrally situated in Athenry, Coláiste an Eachréidh serves a catchment which extends from Tuam to Ballinasloe, Oranmore to Loughrea and South to Gort.
Enrolling in Coláiste an Eachréidh is a natural progression for students who have attended All-Irish primary schools. However, students from all primary schools are welcome subject to having a satisfactory level of Irish. Indeed, a third of all students enrolled in All Irish post-primary schools had not previously attended All-Irish primary schools.
Colaiste an Eachréidh is the first school of its kind to be established, not only in County Galway (outside Galway city) but in Connacht.
Advantages of All-Irish Education
Ireland like many other countries is bilingual and our Irish language forms the basis of our unique culture. More than half the world’s population speaks more than one language. Educationalists believe that a bilingual education can give children positive advantages. It helps develop mental agility and alertness. It provides the individual with two windows through which to look at the world;
- Fluency in student’s own native language.
- Cognitive intellectual advantage.
- The student learns a third language with ease.
- Self-esteem of the student is enhanced.
- Excellent academic standards.