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(Gaeilge) Comórtas Leabhar do Bhunscoileanna lán-Ghaeilge/Gaeltachta

January 26, 2016

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(Gaeilge) Folúntas: Stiúrthóir Naíonra á lorg ag Naíonra Montessori Chluain Dolcáin.

January 26, 2016

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School league tables: Country’s top schools get perfect results

January 26, 2016

When it comes to sending students on to third level, the past seven years have seen seven schools in five counties managing to deliver an extraordinary 100pc record.

Given the size of its population, it’s unsurprising that three of the country’s best-performing schools are located in Dublin. The other four members of the ‘100pc club’ are to be found in Cork, Limerick, Kerry and Tipperary.

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While all seven schools have maintained a perfect record in terms of placing their students in third-level institutions every year since 2009, further analysis of the data based on the percentage who were admitted to a course of study at a university makes it possible to rank them accordingly.

With 81pc of Leaving Certificate students securing a place at university between 2009 and 2015, Presentation Brothers College in the Mardyke in Cork emerges as the best performing school in the nation. The school, which charges annual fees of €3,500, also bears the distinction of having had the greatest throughput of students during the period (of those schools in the ‘100pc club’) with a total of 767 boys sitting the Leaving Certificate. Looking more closely at the figures, one finds the majority – or 542 of those graduating from the school – went on to study at University College Cork (UCC).

Coming in at number two is Mount Anville School in Goatstown, south county Dublin. The all-girls school, which charges yearly fees of €5,350, has placed 80pc of its Leaving Certificate students in universities between 2009 to 2015.

Some 381, or just over 52pc of the 726 students graduating from Mount Anville, went on to study at UCD while 147 (20pc) secured places at Trinity College.

Read more: ‘We focus on each individual student’s exact skill set’

Third is Glenstal Abbey in Limerick. While the all-boys boarding school, which charges yearly fees of €10,600 for day boarders, has equalled Mount Anville’s record of sending 80pc of its 260 graduates to university between 2009 and 2015, it comes in behind the south Dublin girls’ school on our list owing to its lower throughput of students. With an average of 37 students sitting the Leaving Certificate compared to the average of 103 who sat the exams each year at Mount Anville, Glenstal Abbey’s students could be seen to enjoy a relative advantage in terms of the individual attention they might receive.

Between 2009 and 2015, 60 of Glenstal’s Leaving Certificate students took up places at Trinity College Dublin, while 68 went to UCD, 32 went to UCC and 18 attended NUIG.

Read more: ‘It’s a real team effort here – everyone is involved’

The fourth-placed school on the list merits special mention by virtue of the fact that it is non fee-paying. According to our analysis, 78pc of students at the all-girls school, Colaiste Iosagain, in the south county Dublin suburb of Stillorgan, progressed to university between 2009 and 2015. The most popular destination for its students is UCD with 246 or over 44pc of the 552 girls who sat the Leaving Certificate during that time going there.

In assessing Colaiste Iosagain, it is worth noting that its students learn through Irish and benefit from the bonus marks awarded to those candidates who do their Leaving Certificate examinations through the language.

Fifth on the list is the €13,150 all-boys Cistercian College in Roscrea, with 71pc of its students placed in university between 2009 and 2015. UCD proved the most popular destination with 74 or 24pc of the Tipperary boarding school’s 303 leaving certificate students taking up places there between 2009 and 2015.

Read more: Hard-working schools show that better results can be achieved

St Mary’s College in Rathmines, which charges fees of €5,250 a year, came in sixth place. Some 59pc of students from the fee-paying, all boys’ school secured a place in university between 2009 and 2015.

The seventh member of our ‘100pc club’ is Tralee Community College in Co Kerry. While the non fee-paying, co-ed school sent just 3pc of its Leaving Certificate students on to university between 2009 and 2015, it has placed 100pc of them in third-level institutions. 142 of the 159 students who sat the state exams at the school went on to study at Tralee Institute of Technology.


Irish language Donegal secondary schools top school leagues table

January 26, 2016

Two Irish language Donegal secondary schools have topped a school leagues table. Every single student who completed their Leaving Certificate at Pobalscoil Ghaoth Dobhair and Coláiste Ailigh in Letterkenny last year went on to third level colleges.

This information was revealed by a survey in the Sunday Independent, which also found that Baghene College in Bundora was the only other secondary school to reach 100% of pupils heading on to college last year.

The Sunday Independent called the schools’ success as ‘remarkable’


(Gaeilge)  Taispeántas faoi Athbheochan na Gaeilge agus Éirí Amach na Cásca ag Músaem an Túir  

January 26, 2016

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January 26, 2016

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Catholic school offers pupils alternative ethics classes

January 25, 2016

A Catholic primary school that is offering an alternative non-Catholic ethics and religious beliefs programme to pupils has said that schools interested in the idea should “go for it”.

Gaelscoil Dhochtúir Uí Shuilleabháin in Skibbereen introduced the programme two years ago. The school says it has been a resounding success with 37 of its 59 pupils opting for non-Catholic classes.

On Wednesday mornings children break into four separate groups. Two classes, divided into younger and older children, do the Alive-O Catholic programme.

Two other classes, with pupils similarly grouped according to age, study a multi-denominational programme.

Non-Catholic parents at the school told RTÉ News they did not want their children sitting in class during Catholic religious education.

More than four years ago the school moved religious education to the end of the school day and allowed non-Catholic parents to collect their children early or put them in a homework club.

But parents say this did not work out. Some parents could not collect their children early, others could not afford to pay for the homework club.

Two years ago the Board of Management approved the current system. Parents and staff at the school say the arrangement works very well and has become an ordinary part of the school day.

Principal Aisling Ní Néill says it means teachers delivering the Catholic programme can now do so wholeheartedly, knowing that every child in the classroom is there because their parents actively want them to participate.

She stressed that the school remained a Catholic one, with a Catholic ethos.

As the school is small, with only three teachers, one of the classes is taken by a volunteer parent, who is also a qualified teacher.

But the school points out that larger schools with more teachers should not have this problem.

The school uses a multi-denominational ethics and religious beliefs programme developed by multi-denominational body Educate Together.


Minister for Education needs to stop ‘bureaucratic madness’ and support Cabra Gaelscoil – Fitzpatrick

January 25, 2016

Fianna Fáil Press Office
Mary Fitzpatrick
Dublin Central

25 January 2016

Minister for Education needs to stop ‘bureaucratic madness’ and support Cabra Gaelscoil – Fitzpatrick

Fianna Fáil candidate for Dublin Central Mary Fitzpatrick is calling on the Minister for Education to stop the bureaucratic madness and immediately release funds for the building of a Gael Scoil in Cabra.

“Last Friday evening the Dept of Education sent a shocking email to the headmaster of Gaelscoil Bharra stating that the building project which should have commenced last year was being “put on hold” pending a budget review.

“The children, teachers, parents and friends of Gaelscoil Bharra, are very concerned, disappointed and angry over this unexpected decision by the Department of Education. They have been operating out of portacabins for years. Four years ago they were promised a purpose-built school and had expected contractors to begin building next week.

“This is a major blow to the school and the local community. What to the department is just a project status update is a major set-back for the more than 200 current pupils, their families and their teachers.

“The Minister needs to stop this bureaucratic madness and immediately release the funds so construction can commence.  The pupils, teachers and wider community want to know that a new school will be built and they deserve to know when.

The Dublin Central candidate continued: “The Minister for Education must explain why at this late stage the project is being subjected to a budget review and indefinite delay? The Minister must also explain how long is the review and delay expected to take? What is the purpose of the review?  Why was it not conducted prior to now?  What has prompted the review? The Minister has a lot of questions to answer.”


(Gaeilge) ‘Géarghá le neartú cearta teanga i gcónaí’, a deir an Coimisinéir, agus é ag admhaithe ag an Taoiseach nach bhfoilseofar reachtaíocht teanga

January 25, 2016

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(Gaeilge) Coiste oireachtais chun athbhreithniú a dhéanamh ar Straitéis 20 Bliain na Gaeilge geallta ag na Daonlathaigh Shóisialacha

January 25, 2016

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