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19 Schools To Teach Children Irish Through PE

Niall Colbert
Niall Colbert

7:46 AM - 11 Nov 2019



Children at 19 schools throughout the country will soon be taught Irish through PE.

The pilot project, which is set to run for three years, is being launched today in a bid to promote the language.

Education Minister Joe McHugh is confident it will make Irish "more relevant" and allow young people to better engage with it.

The following schools and early years centres have been selected for the initial phase of the pilot project:

Early Years:

Teach Abhaile pre-school, Ennis, Co. Clare

Mounthawk Montessori, Tralee, Co. Kerry

High Hopes Montessori, Harolds Cross, Dublin

Roots and Wings, Donabate, Co. Dublin

Fairytales day care, Milford, Co. Donegal,

Teach Leanbh, Ballinalee, Co. Longford.

Primary:

Holy Family Senior NS, Ennis, Co. Clare

St. Olivers NS, Killarney, Co. Kerry

St. Mary’s NS, Donnybrook, Dublin 4

Scoil Réalt na Mara, Skerries, Co. Dublin

SN Naomh Colmcille, Kilmacrennan, Co. Donegal

St. Colmcille’s SNS, Kells, Co. Meath

St. Comán’s Wood PS, Roscommon

Post-primary:

Colaiste Fionnchua, Mitchelstown, Co Cork.

Millstreet Community School, Millstreet, Co Cork

Presentation Secondary School, Castleisland, Co Kerry

St. Muredach’s College, Ballina, Co Mayo

St. Joseph’s, Mullingar, Co Westmeath

Clonaslee College, Co Laois

 

Julian De Spainn, Ard Runai of Conradh na Gaeilge, has welcomed the programme and believes it will help to foster the language:

"This is something that's a very simple idea and will help"

The best way of teaching Irish is to be immersed in the language - we see that in Irish summer college and gaelscoileana so let's bring a bit of that into schools.

This is a very easy way to do it - do something that kids enjoy through Irish"



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