The kids are back to school this week throughout the country; indeed some started back last week. My own wee one, as I mentioned previously, has transferred to a Gaelscoil and is settling in well despite not having much Irish.
I’m a big supporter of Gaelscoileanna; there is no better way of learning the language than to be completely immersed in it. So I was pleased to see that there are four new Irish-medium Primary schools who opened their doors for the first time this month in the Republic; in Lurgan, Edenderry, Greystones & Rush; and one new school in the North, in Dungannon Co. Tyrone.
This brings the number of Irish medium schools outside the Gaeltachtaí to 171* primary schools and 44 secondary schools.
*Interesting to note that almost 50% of the primary schools in the country, including new and long established schools, are in “temporary” accommodation, but that’s an issue for another day.