April 2012


Story from a Student in Wexford who transferred from a English language instruction School to a Gaelcoláiste after the Junoir Cert cycle: –

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The Minister for Education & Skills, Ruairí Quinn, announced that the patronage of the Post-Primary Schools due to open in 2013-14 will be decided within the next 2 months (See link below).

Minister Quinn’s Statement

We are hopeful that the Department will find favour with our 4 year campaign to establish a Gaelcoláiste in Balbriggan. Coláiste Ghlór na Mara is soundly based on: –
– Strong parent/student demand
– Offering continuity for children at Gaelscoileanna & an alternative option for children coming from English language National Schools
– Serving a wide catchment area (North County Dublin, East Meath & South Louth)

Coláiste Ghlór na Mara are currently awaiting decision from the Department of Education & Skills on the patronage of the Gaelcoláiste to be located in Balbriggan.

The Founding Committee of Coláiste Ghlór na Mara submitted a very strong case under the patronage of Foras Pátrúnachta to be selected as the successful patron, the submission was presented to the Department in February.

The Department of Education & Skills have not given a date when the decision will be announced as yet, however it is hoped that this process will be concluded by the end of this school year.

For more information about Foras Pátrúnachta, please click here