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New Gaelcholáiste Dhún Dealgan to open its doors in Louth in September 2023

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Robin House. Photo: Ken Finegan/www.newspics.ie

Robin House. Photo: Ken Finegan/www.newspics.ie

Robin House. Photo: Ken Finegan/www.newspics.ie

Robin House. Photo: Ken Finegan/www.newspics.ie

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Robin House. Photo: Ken Finegan/www.newspics.ie

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The long-running saga to secure an Irish-language post-primary school for Dundalk is set to have a happy ending when Gaelcholáiste Dhún Dealgan finally opens its doors for first year students in September 2023.

Gaelcholáiste Dhún Dealgan will be an Irish-medium, co-educational, multi-denominational, multi-cultural, secondary school, and will located in Robin House on The Ramparts.

The Department of Education sanctioned the opening of the satellite Gaelcholáiste in Dundalk, and the school will benefit from all the expertise and resources of the parent school, Coláiste Ghlór na Mara in Balbriggan.

Cork-native Caoimhe Héarún has been appointed Deputy Principal of Gaelcholáiste Dhún Dealgan and she is busy working with Coláiste Ghlór na Mara, parents, and the wider community of Dundalk to best prepare for this new exciting Gaelcholáiste.: “We’re so excited to open. Príomhoide Tánaisteach Caoimhe said. “Renovation work on our building is underway to kit it out with the latest resources and facilities. We will have a state of the art school with the highest standards of education and many extra curricular options for our students. Being joined with a large Gaelcholáiste enables us to provide the widest range of subject choices, sports, excellent teachers and so much more. We look forward to meeting future parents and students of Gaelcholáiste Dhún Dealgan shortly.”

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The new Gaelcholáiste will be under the patronage of An Foras Pátrúnachta, the largest patron of Irish-medium schools and patron to parent school Coláiste Ghlór na Mara. The Balbriggan secondary school opened in 2014 with 27 students and has gone from strength to strength, reaching 434 students this year.

The school will offer students a wide range of subjects including Gaeilge, English, maths, science, geography history, home economics, visual art, music, modern foreign languages, SPHE, CSPE, physical education, religious education, and short courses.

There will also be a full programme of extra-curricular activities including sports, Green Schools. debates,  craft clubs, music groups, Coiste  Gaelbhratach and more.

The General Secretary of An Foras Pátrúnachta, Caoimhín Ó hEaghra is confident that Gaelcholáiste Dhún Dealgan will blossom just as Coláiste Ghlór na Mara has.

 “An Foras Pátrúnachta are delighted that the Dundalk community will now have a second-level Irish-medium option for their children. With our help and with the expertise of Maedhbh Daltún, Principal of Coláiste Ghlór na Mara, and her staff, Gaelcholáiste Dhún Dealgan will undoubtedly be a fantastic school to all who wish to receive a multi-denominational, Irish-medium education.”

There will be various open days and information evenings in September 2022 for students, parents and guardians. Gaelcholáiste Dhún Dealgan is open to all children from Co. Louth and neighbouring counties who want to learn through the medium of Irish. Many activities are planned including Easter and Summer camps to support the development of Irish language skills and the transition of students from primary to secondary school.

Caoimhe has already started  visiting 4th and 5th class students in the surrounding schools with further information.

The former Keytronic building has previously been used as an educational facility by the Grasta Christian School and by O’Fiaich Institute of Further Education.

For further information see www.gcdd.ie or email eolas@gcdd.ie


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