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A gaelscoil (Plural: gaelscoileanna) is an Irish-speaking school, often also co-educational, usually found in Irelandmarker, but outside the predominantly Irish-speaking Gaeltacht areas.

Irish is the working language for these schools. Almost 10% of the schooling population in the Republic of Irelandmarker attend Irish-medium schools.


The Gaelscoil movement has been the biggest and most successful of any of the European, lesser-used languages immersion education programmes. The movement has also been successful in setting up schools in both urban and rural areas. For example, in Dublinmarker there are 31 Irish-medium primary schools and 8 secondary schools while in Corkmarker there are 22 primary schools and 8 secondary schools. The Gaelscoil initiative has also inspired other similar language immersion projects in Europe such as the Scottish Gaelic, Manx Gaelic, Basque, Occitan, Catalan and Breton schools.

In the Republic of Irelandmarker, Irish is a mandatory subject in primary and secondary education. Between 700,000-800,000 students are taught Irish on a daily basis within the education system; this is similar to the situation of the Welsh language in Walesmarker.

The total number of Irish medium schools(both inside and outside the Gaeltacht) in Ireland is 368 primary and secondary schools.
  • Within the Gaeltacht: 127 primary schools : 29 secondary schools with approximately 15,500 students at primary and secondary level.
  • Outside the Gaeltacht: 171 primary schools: 43 secondary schools with approximately 35,500 students at primary and secondary level.

The Naíonraí Irish language preschool movement also has 227 crèches across the country with almost 4,000 children attending them.

There are currently over 35,500 pupils (50,000 pupils/students total both inside and outside the Gaeltacht) attending gaelscoileanna, with 298 gaelscoileanna at primary level and 72 schools at post-primary level (gaelcholáistí), in the Republic of Irelandmarker and Northern Irelandmarker. Gaelscoileanna account for 1% of the Northern Irish school system. The largest gaelscoil in Belfastmarker is Coláiste Feirste. There is now at least one gaelscoil in all 32 counties of Ireland and several in each of the bigger cities — for example Derrymarker has nine.

There are currently nine counties nationally that do not have a second-level gaelscoil, Laoismarker, Offalymarker, Leitrimmarker, Roscommonmarker, Cavanmarker, Sligomarker, Longfordmarker, Fermanagh and Down.

Ulster Munster Leinster Connacht Total
Bunscoileanna (Primary schools) 41 46 64 18 169
Meánscoileanna (Secondary schools) 11 22 17 13 63


The gaelscoileanna originated at the turn of the 20th century during the Gaelic Revival. Bilinguality from an early age is recommended by many linguist, as it helps children become more adept at learning additional languages. Some studies have shown that bilingual children have advantages over monoglot children in other subjects.

Irish schools in the Gaeltacht regions have always used the Irish language. However, the majority of schools outside these regions use English as this is the first language of the majority of people in non-Gaeltacht regions of Ireland (although in the Republic of Irelandmarker, even English-language schools teach Irish as a mandatory subject).

Gaelscoileanna are Irish-language schools in areas where a majority of people speak English as a first language. There are both Irish-speaking primary and secondary schools, called bunscoileanna and meánscoileanna respectively; these are the lower two tiers of education in Ireland before college (coláiste) / university (ollscoil) - third level education.

A gaelscoil is an Irish-medium primary school. A gaelcholáiste is an Irish-medium secondary school.

The patron body of many gaelscoileanna is An Foras Pátrúnachta na Scoileanna LánGhaeilge Teo.


Primary level

Of the 470,000 primary school pupils in the Republic of Ireland, 33,000 do all of their school subjects through Irish while 120,000 pupils use Irish as their Normal Language of Communication for at least one other subject(except Irish). This means that 7% of the schooling population have all their subjects taught through the medium of Irish, while 33% of pupils have at least two or more subjects (incl. Irish) taught through Irish.

In the Republic of Ireland: (7%)
  • 25,800 pupils attend Gaelscoileanna (5%)
  • 7,500-9,000 pupils attend Gaeltacht schools (1.6-2%)

In Northern Ireland: (2%)
  • 2,653 pupils attend Gaelscoileanna

Second level

Of the 335,000 secondary students in the Republic of Ireland, 9,932 do all their school subjects through Irish. This means that 3% of the schooling population have all their subjects through the medium of Irish.

In the Republic of Ireland: (3%)
  • 3,030 students attend Gaeltacht secondary schools
  • 5,687 students attend Gaelcholáistí
  • 981 students attend Irish stream schools
  • 234 students are taught some subjects through Irish

In Northern Ireland: (0.5%)
  • 632 students attend Gaelcholáistí

List of Primary Schools


  • Gaelscoil an Duinnínigh, Sord
  • Gaelscoil an Eiscir Riada, Tulach Mhór
  • Gaelscoil an Inbhir Mhóir, An tInbhear Mór
  • Gaelscoil an Longfoirt, Rae an Chalaidh, An Longfort
  • Gaelscoil an Mhuilinn, An Muileann gCearr
  • Gaelscoil Átha Í, Baile Átha Í, Cill Dara.
  • Gaelscoil Bhaile Munna, Baile Munna, BÁC 9
  • Gaelscoil Bharra, An Chabrach, BÁC 7
  • Gaelscoil Bhrian Boroimhe, Sord
  • Gaelscoil Chill Dara, An Currach
  • Gaelscoil Chill Mhantáin, Baile Chill Mhantáin
  • Gaelscoil Chluain Dolcáin, Cluain Dolcáin, BÁC 22
  • Gaelscoil Chnoc Liamhna, BÁC 16
  • Gaelscoil Choláiste Mhuire, BÁC 1
  • Gaelscoil Cholmcille, Seantrabh, BÁC 9
  • Gaelscoil Dhún Dealgan, Na Riascaigh Uachtarach, Dún Dealgan
  • Gaelscoil Eoghain Uí Tuairisc (Gaelscoil Cheatharlach), Ceatharlach
  • Gaelscoil Inis Córthaidh, Inis Córthaidh
  • Gaelscoil Inse Chór, Droichead na hInse, BÁC 8
  • Gaelscoil Lios na nÓg, Raghnallach, BÁC 6
  • Gaelscoil Mhoshíológ (*Gaelscoil Ghuaire), Guaire, Loch Garman
  • Gaelscoil Míde, Cill Bharróg, BÁC 5
  • Gaelscoil na Bóinne, Baile Átha Troim
  • Gaelscoil na Camóige, Cluain Dolcáin, BÁC 22
  • Gaelscoil na Cille, Cill Dhéagláin
  • Gaelscoil na Ríthe, Domhnach Seachnaill
  • Gaelscoil Naomh Pádraig, Leamhcán

  • Gaelscoil Nás na Ríogh, Nás na Ríogh
  • Gaelscoil Osraí, Loch Buí, Cill Chainnigh
  • Gaelscoil Phort Laoise, Port Laoise
  • Gaelscoil Thaobh na Coille, Cill Tiarnáin
  • Gaelscoil Thulach na nÓg, Dún Búinne
  • Gaelscoil Uí Chéadaigh, Bré
  • Gaelscoil Uí Fhiaich, Maigh Nuad
  • Scoil an tSeachtar Laoch, BÁC 11
  • Scoil Aonghusa, Droichead Átha
  • Scoil Bhríde, Raghnallach, BÁC 6
  • Scoil Chaitlín Maude, Tamhlacht, BÁC 24
  • Scoil Chaoimhín, BÁC 1
  • Scoil Charman, Pinewood, Loch Garman
  • Scoil Chearbhaill Uí Dhálaigh, Léim an Bhradáin
  • Scoil Chrónáin, Ráth Cúil
  • Scoil Chualann, Bré
  • Scoil Éanna, An Uaimh
  • Scoil Lorcáin, Baile na Manach
  • Scoil Mobhí, Glas Naíon, BÁC 9
  • Scoil Mológa, Crois Araild, BÁC 6W
  • Scoil na gCeithre Máistrí, Baile Átha Luain
  • Scoil Náisiúnta Chiaráin Naofa
  • Scoil Náisiúnta Thromaire, Tromaire, Maighean Rátha
  • Scoil Naithí, Baile an tSaoir, BÁC 16
  • Scoil Neasáin, Baile Hearman, BÁC 5
  • Scoil Oilibhéir, Cluain Saileach, BÁC 15
  • Scoil Phádraig, Baile Breac
  • Scoil Santain, Tamhlacht, BÁC 24
  • Scoil Uí Riada, Cill Choca


  • Gaelscoil Aogáin, Oileán Ciarraí
  • Gaelscoil Faithleann, Cill Airne
  • Gaelscoil Lios Tuathail, Lios Tuathail
  • Scoil Mhic Easmainn, Trá Lí
  • Scoil Náisiúnta an Chillín Léith, Cillín Liath
  • Scoil Cheann Tr�a

  • Gaelscoil Dhonncha Rua, Sionna
  • Gaelscoil Mhichíl Chíosóig, Inis
  • Gaelscoil Uí Choimín, Cill Rois
  • Scoil Náisiúnta Iosaf, Maigh

  • Gaelscoil an Athar Tadhg Ó Murchú, Dúglas, Corcaigh
  • Gaelscoil an Ghoirt Álainn, An Ghoirt Álainn, Corcaigh
  • Gaelscoil Bheanntraí, Beanntraí
  • Gaelscoil Charraig Uí Leighin, Carraig Uí Leighin, Corcaigh
  • Gaelscoil Chloch na Coillte, Cloch na Coillte
  • Gaelscoil Choráin, Eochaill
  • Gaelscoil de hÍde, Mainistir Fhear Maí
  • Gaelscoil Dhoctúir Uí Shúilleabháin, An Sciobairín
  • Gaelscoil Dhroichid na Bandan, Droichead na Bandan
  • Gaelscoil Mhachain, An Charraig Dhubh, Corcaigh
  • Gaelscoil Mhainistir na Corann, Mainistir na Corann
  • Gaelscoil Pheig Sayers, An Mhainistir Thuaidh, Corcaigh
  • Gaelscoil Sheáin Uí Éigeartaigh, An Cóbh, Corcaigh
  • Gaelscoil Sheáin Uí Ríordáin, Baile an Chollaigh
  • Gaelscoil Thomáis Dáibhís, Mala
  • Gaelscoil Uí Riada, Baile an Easpaig, Corcaigh
  • Gaelscoil an Teaghlaigh Naofa, Baile Feitheán, Corcaigh
  • Scoil na nÓg, Gleann Maghair, Corcaigh
  • Scoil Naomh Therese, Baile an Easpaig, Corcaigh
  • Scoil Náisiúnta Chill na Martra, Cill na Martra

  • An Mhodhscoil, Luimneach
  • Gaelscoil Sheoirse Clancy, Cnoc Theas, Luimneach
  • Gaelscoil Ó Doghair, An Caisleán Nua Thíar
  • Gaelscoil Sáirséal, Luimneach
  • Gaelscoil Chaladh an Treoigh, Caladh an Treoigh

  • Gaelscoil na nDéise, Port Láirge
  • Gaelscoil Philib Barún, Cruabhaile Uachtarach, Trá Mhór
  • Gaelscoil Phort Láirge, Port Láirge
  • Scoil Gharbháin, Dún na Mainistreach, Dún Garbhán
  • Scoil na Leannaí, Coláiste na Rinne, Rinn Ó gCuanach, Dún Garbhán

  • Gaelscoil Aonach Urmhumhan, An tAonach
  • Gaelscoil Thiobraid Árann, Tiobraid Árann
  • Gaelscoil Bhríde, Durlas Éile
  • Gaelscoil Charraig na Siúire, Carraig na Siúire
  • Gaelscoil Chluain Meala, Cluain Meala


  • Gaelscoil Dara, An Rinn Mór, Gaillimh
  • Gaelscoil de hÍde, Órán Mór
  • Gaelscoil Iarfhlatha, Tuaim
  • Gaelscoil Mhic Amhlaigh, Cnoc na Cathrach, Gaillimh
  • Gaelscoil Uí Cheithearnaigh, Béal Átha na Slua
  • Gaelscoil Riabhach, Baile Locha Riach
  • Scoil Fhursa, Gaillimh
  • Scoil Iognáid, Gaillimh

  • Gaelscoil na gCeithre Maol, Béal an Átha
  • Gaelscoil na Cruaiche, Cathair na Mart
  • Gaelscoil Uileog de Búrca, Clár Clainne Mhuiris
  • Scoil Raiftéirí, Caisleán an Bharraigh
  • Scoil Náisiúnta an Inbhir, Barr na Trá (Ní gaelscoil í, ach scoil Gaeltachta)

  • Gaelscoil de hÍde, Ros Comáin

  • Gaelscoil Chnoc na Ré, Sligeach


  • Bunscoil an Droichid, Béal Feirste, BT7 2EP
  • Bunscoil an tSléibhe Dhuibh, Béal Feirste, BT12 7RG
  • Bunscoil Bheanna Mhadagáin, Béal Feirste, BT14 6HQ
  • Bunscoil na Fuiseoige, Béal Feirste, BT17 0RL
  • Bunscoil Phobal Feirste, Béal Feirste, BT11 9QS
  • Gaelscoil na bhFál, Béal Feirste, BT12 6AS
  • Bunscoil an Lonnáin, Béal Feirste, BT12 4AH
  • Bunscoil Mhic Reachtain, Béal Feirste, BT15 1EZ
  • Gaelscoil na Móna, Béal Feirste, BT11 8EF
  • Gaelscoil an Ghleanna?, An Poll Glas, Béal Feirste
  • Bunscoil an Chaistil, Baile an Chaistil, BT54 6QQ
  • Bunscoil Ghleann Darach, Croimghlinn, BT29 4LA
  • Gaelscoil Dál Riada?, Dún Lathaí

  • Bunscoil Ard Mhacha, Ard Mhacha BT60 4AB
  • Bunscoil Eoin Baiste, Port an Dúnáin BT62 1EB
  • Bunscoil Naomh Prionsias, An Lorgain, BT66

  • Gaelscoil Bhreifne, Cabhán

  • Bunscoil Cholmcille, Doire, BT48 8DX
  • Bunscoil Naomh Bríd, Machaire Rátha, BT46 5NH
  • Gaelscoil Éadain Mhóir, An Gháslann, Tobar an Fhíoruisce, Doire, BT48 6NP
  • Bunscoil Naomh Cáinneach, Dún Geimhin, BT47 4SE

  • Bunscoil Bheanna Boirche, Caisleán Uidhilín, BT31 9DP
  • Bunscoil Naomh Pádraig (Bunscoil Leath Chathail), Dún Phádraig, BT30 6HZ
  • Gaelscoil an Iúir, An tIúr, BT34 2DH

  • Gaelscoil Adhamhnáin, Leitir Ceanainn
  • Gaelscoil Bhun Cranncha, Bun Cranncha
  • Gaelscoil na gCeithre Máistrí, Baile Dhún na nGall
  • Gaelscoil Chois Fheabhail, Bun an Phobail, Inis Eoghain
  • Gaelscoil Éirne, Béal Átha Seanaidh

  • Gaelscoil Eois, Cluain Eois
  • Scoil Rois, Carraig Mhachaire Rois
  • Scoil Ultain, An Cnoc, Muineachán
  • Gaelscoil na Lorgan, Baile na Lorgan

  • Gaelscoil Uí Néill, Oileán an Ghuail, BT71 4PU
  • Gaelscoil Uí Dhochartaigh, An Sráth Bán, BT82 9AQ
  • Gaelscoil Phádraig, An Goirtín, BT79 8PU
  • Scoil Mhuire, Cabhán an Chaorthainn, BT70 3HG

List of Secondary Schools


  • Coláiste Chillian, Cluain Dolcáin, BÁC 22
  • Coláiste Cois Life, Leamhcán
  • Coláiste de hÍde, Tigh Motháin, BÁC 24
  • Coláiste Eoin, Bóthar Stigh Lorgan
  • Coláiste Íosagáin, Bóthar Stigh Lorgan
  • Coláiste Mhuire, Cearnóg Pharnell, BÁC 1
  • Coláiste Pobail Ráth Cairn, Ráth Cairn, Baile Átha Buí
  • Coláiste Ráithín, Bré
  • Coláiste Rís, Dún Dealgan
  • Gaelcholáiste Átha Luain, Áth Luain
  • Gaelcholáiste Cheatharlach, Easca, Ceatharlach
  • Gaelcholáiste Osraí, Cill Chainnigh
  • Gaelcholáiste Reachrann, Domhnach Míde, BÁC 13
  • Meánscoil Charmain, Inis Córthaidh, Co. Loch Garman
  • Scoil Chaitríona, Bóthar Mobhí, BÁC 1


  • Coláiste an Phiarsaigh, Gleann Maighir, Corcaigh
  • Coláiste Chnoc na Labhras, Luimneach
  • Coláiste Ghobnatan Naofa, Bile Mhic Íre, Maigh Chromtha
  • Coláiste Íde, Daingean Uí Chúis
  • Coláiste Phobail Chloich na Coillte, Cloch na Coillte
  • Gaelcholáiste an Aonaigh, Aonach Urmhumhan
  • Gaelcholáiste an Chláir, Inis
  • Gaelcholáiste Choilm, Baile an Chollaigh
  • Gaelcholáiste Chiarraí, Trá Lí

  • Gaelcholáiste Dáibhéid, Corcaigh
  • Gaelcholáiste Eoin, Eochaill
  • Gaelcholáiste Mhuire, An Mhainistir Thuaidh
  • Gaelcholáiste na Sceilge, Cathair Saidhbhín
  • Gaelcholáiste Uí Chonbá, Caisleán Nua Thiar
  • Gairmscoil Mhuire, Dúrlas
  • Meánscoil na mBráithre, Daingean Uí Chúis
  • Meánscoil na Toirbhirte, Daingean Uí Chúis
  • Meánscoil San Nioclás, An Rinn, Dún Garbháin
  • Scoil Mhuire, Béal Átha an Ghaorthaidh


  • Coláiste Cholmcille, Aille Thiar, Indreabhán
  • Coláiste Chomáin, Ros Dumhach
  • Coláiste Chroí Mhuire gan Smál, An Spidéal
  • Coláiste Mhuire, Tuar Mhic Éadaigh
  • Coláiste Naomh Eoin, Inis Meáin
  • Coláiste Iognáid, Gaillimh
  • Coláiste na Coiribe, Gaillimh
  • Gairmscoil Éinne, Inis Mór
  • Gairmscoil Fheicín Naofa, Corr na Móna
  • Gairmscoil na bPiarsach, Ros Muc
  • Meánscoil Ghobnait, Inis Oírr
  • Scoil Chuimsitheach Naomh Chiarán, An Ceathrú Rua
  • Scoil Phobail Mhic Dara, Carna


  • An Ghairmscoil, Oileán Thoraigh
  • Coláiste Ailigh, Leitir Ceanainn
  • Coláiste Bhríde (Meanscoil Dhoire), An Seantalamh, Doire, BT48 8LX
  • Coláiste Scoil Chaitríona, Ard Mhacha, BT60 4BG
  • Gairmscoil Chú Uladh, Béal an Atha Móir, An Clochan, Leifear
  • Meánscoil Feirste, Béal Feirste, BT12 7PY
  • Pobalscoil Ghaoth Dobhair, Doirí Beaga, Leitir Ceanainn
  • Scoil Ghramadaí na Deastógála, Baile na hInse, BT24 8EA

See also


  1. "About Us" on the Gaelscoileanna website

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