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Coláiste an Eachréidh

Tumoideachas / Irish-Medium Education

Coláiste an Eachréidh

Tumoideachas / Irish-Medium Education

Why choose Irish-medium education?

Gaeloideachas is a national, voluntary organisation that has been working to support and promote education through the medium of Irish for more than 40 years. We believe that choosing how your child will be educated is one of the most important decisions a parent will make on their child’s behalf, and our role is to support families in making an informed decision.

The model of education we promote within naíonraí and schools is that of immersion, where students receive their education – inside and outside of the classroom – through the medium of Irish. Over 53,000 students attend Irish-medium schools at present and they are a testament to the benefits of the immersion education model for all students, regardless of their level of ability, their socio-economic status, or their religious, cultural or linguistic background. Here are some of the benefits of immersion education. You’ll find references and further research on immersion education in the Research section of our website while we have YouTube Playlist dedicated to this topic as well.

What We Do?

Gaeloideachas is a national, voluntary organisation supporting the development of Irish-medium education.

Founded as Gaelscoileanna in 1973 to support Irish-medium schools, primary and post-primary, outside of the Gaeltacht, the organisation’s remit now includes the provision of support services for Irish-medium schools in Gaeltacht areas, and for Irish-medium preschools outside of the Gaeltacht.

Gaeloideachas provides advice, assistance and support to people who wish to have their children educated through Irish, as well as support services and advocacy for those working in the sector.

Irish-medium schools can register as members of Gaeloideachas, allowing them to elect a representative Board of Directors and to inform the work of the organisation.

Gaeloideachas has a team of nine executive staff, and is funded by Foras na Gaeilge.