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Statistics

Every year, GAELSCOILEANNA TEO. gathers statistics from the Irish-medium schools. These statistics help us to strategically plan for the development of the Irish-medium sector and to cater for its requirements. Receiving these statistics enables us to effectively support Irish-medium schools. There is a list of additional research published on Irish-medium education available here.

Statistics are made available to researchers and members of the public, but under GAELSCOILEANNA TEO.’s policy, no information is given out in relation to any particular school.

We would like to express our gratitude to the schools who helped us by sharing their statistics with us this year.

How many Irish-medium schools are there?

Irish-medium education is among the fastest growing and developing education sectors in Ireland in the past 30 years and GAELSCOILEANNA TEO. is at the forefront of this growth and development. 45,373 pupils are currently attending Irish-medium schools outside of the Gaeltacht. GAELSCOILEANNA TEO. is funded by Foras na Gaeilge.

The amount of Irish-medium schools in the country that are outside the Gaeltacht are as follows:

Primary: 144 in the 26 Co. + 36 in the 6 Co. = 180 in the 32 Counties. (September 2013)

4.5% of the primary schools outside Gaeltacht areas in the 26 counties  are gaelscoileanna.

6.4% of primary school pupils outside Gaeltacht areas in the 26 counties currently attend gaelscoileanna.

Number of primary school pupils in Irish-medium education outside Gaeltacht areas in the 26 counties: 32,538.

Number of primary school pupils in Irish-medium education outside Gaeltacht areas in the 32 counties: 33,710.

Post-Primary: 36 in the 26 Co. + 5 in the 6 Co. = 41 in the 32 Counties. (September 2013)

4.8% of the post-primary schools outside Gaeltacht areas in the 26 counties are gaelcholáistí or have Irish-medium units.

2.4% of post-primary school pupils outside Gaeltacht areas in the 26 counties currently attend gaelcholáistí or Irish-medium units.

Number of post-primary school pupils in Irish-medium education outside Gaeltacht areas in the 26 counties: 8,890.

Number of post-primary school pupils in Irish-medium education outside Gaeltacht areas in the 32 counties: 9,663.

Statistics valid for the 2012-2013 school year.

Statistics for 2012-2013

Graph: Increase in Irish-Medium Education from 1972-2013

Graph: Increase in Number of Pupils attending Irish-Medium Schools Sep 1990-2012

Graph: Progression rate from primary Irish-medium education to post-primary Irish-medium education 2012-2013

Pupils in areas outside the Gaeltacht, in the Gaeltacht & in the 6 Counties 2011-2012

Map 2009-2010 (only available in Irish)

The statistics above indicate that the Irish-medium education sector is thriving. Irish-medium schools are being set up by parents at both levels on a steady and continual basis, thus increasing the number of pupils who register with Irish-medium schools every year. This growth confirms parental desire in Ireland for Irish-medium education.

If you would like any information on the process of founding a school, or about the areas in which Irish-medium schools are planned, contact the organisation’s Development Officer at clare@gaelscoileanna.ie or by phone at 01 853 5193