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IRISH/Roinn na Gaeilge

Department Staff


Mrs F. McFlynn (Head of Department)

Miss AM. Rafferty

Tá fáilte romhat chuig suíomh Roinn na Gaeilge. 
Tír gan teanga , Tír gan anam                  
The Irish department aims to support the whole curriculum.
The general aims are: 
  • to provide pupils with an appreciation of the Irish language
  • to create an atmosphere where pupils can learn Irish in an enjoyable and successful way
  • to encourage pupils to develop personal qualities, such as self-confidence
  • to develop the ability to use Irish in spoken and written form
  • to enable pupils to develop transferable communication skills so that they can use them across various subjects
  • to promote an atmosphere of respect for diversity and multiculturism beginning with a respect for and promotion of our own language.
  • to develop an enthusiasm for and an understanding of the Irish language and culture.

  • to contribute to the personal and social development of each pupil.




“Not to learn Irish is to miss the opportunity of understanding what life in this country has

meant and could mean in a better future…..”

Seamus Heaney

Key stage 3
 Year 8
Pupils are introduced to Irish with emphasis on the development of communication skills in the following topics;
Greetings and Personal Descriptions, Shopping, The Time and The Classroom.
Year 9
Pupils develop the topics covered in Year 8 with emphasis on school and home, their own hobbies, daily routine, family and friends.
Year 10
In Year 10 the following topics are covered to a further extent…
Holidays and The Gaeltacht, Daily Routine, Description of Self and Others, Home, School Life and Hobbies.
Pupils also have the opportunity to attend the Gael Linn Junior Quiz and do an oral exam to receive their Fáinne.
 We encourage our Junior pupils to attend Gaeltacht courses to improve their language skills, make new friends and to experience the use of the language on a daily basis.
We also have a lunchtime Irish club which runs weekly and allows pupils the opportunity to experience and use the Irish language outside the classroom 
And of course during Seachtain na Gaeilge Key Stage 3 pupils can look forward to our ever popular Céilí and many other activities where they can experience Irish dance, song and folklore through the medium of Irish.


Pupils study the language at KS3 and can then continue into KS4 for GCSE.


A wide range of topics are covered in accordance with the Northern Ireland Curriculum. Apart from the classroom we encourage the pupils to participate in a wide range of extra-curricular activities which enhances their learning. They participate in Gael Linn quizzes and public speaking competitions. We have introduced our pupils to different types of workshops in folklore, place names and surnames and Irish song and dance where they take inspiration from the contact of the living language. An overnight trip to the Donegal Gaeltacht has proven to be very popular and enjoyable and we encourage our students to attend the Summer courses in the Gaeltacht also.



“ Mol an óige agus tiocfaidh sí “

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