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(Gaeilge) Folúntas le Glór na nGael

June 30, 2016

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Applications sought for the position of a Stiúrthóir Naíonra in Naíonra na Giúise, Firhouse, D 24

June 30, 2016

 An Naíonra:

Naíonra na Giúise is a busy Naíonra running morning and afternoon sessions. We are committed to providing high quality care and education to the children who attend the service through the medium of Irish.


A minimum of FETAC Level 6 Certification in Childcare / Early childhood Education (Major Award) or equivalent or higher level qualification in early years’ education and care, with experience, and with fluency in spoken/written Irish.

Key Responsibilities:

Responsibility for the running of our morning and afternoon Naíonra session. This includes all aspects including planning for play and daily implementation. Communication with parents and other members of team on a daily basis.

Post:    Full-time position

Salary: Competitive salary depending on qualifications and experience

Application letter and CV to:


Closing Date for applications: 31st July 2016

(Gaeilge) Fingal Film Festival – Irish Language Award

June 28, 2016

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(Gaeilge) Uachtarán na hÉireann ag labhairt ar oideachas lán-Ghaeilge

June 27, 2016

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President questions commitment to Irish language

June 27, 2016

President Michael D Higgins has questioned the commitment to the Irish language in the Government, Civil Service and public sector circles.

The President, addressing language groups and activists in Áras an Uachtaráin, said “serious questions” needed to be asked over the “lack of goodwill” towards Irish despite the introduction of legislative instruments such as the Official Languages Act 2003, designed to provide legal protection and support for the language.

In a wide-ranging speech, Mr Higgins said he was concerned at the lack of visibility of Irish in usage at the highest levels of the public service and that it was a shortcoming that had been a matter of concern to him for many years.

“Irish is rarely heard in Government departments at the highest level, in local authorities or in State bodies,” he said.
Mr Higgins added this was due to some cultural issue that “prevents them from showing the leadership what we expect of them [in regard to the language].”

Mr Higgins also said he had raised the issue of the availability of Irish-medium schooling with Taoiseach Enda Kenny.
Raised obstacles

The President said he had spoken of the obstacles faced by parents hoping to educate their children through Irish with the Taoiseach when they met for talks recently.

“We all understand the benefits of multilingualism and we have seen a huge increase in the number of parents seeking the gift of bilingualism for their children,” Mr Higgins said. “It is clear that the demand exists for more Irish language secondary schools to give these children the opportunity to continue their education through the medium of Irish, and it is only right that they should be able to do so.”

The President said he was aware of campaigns to establish Irish-medium schools across the country, and mentioned those in Portlaoise, Ballincollig, Co Cork, Dublin 15, north Kildare, Connemara, Sligo and on the northside of Cork city.

“I understand that those who are making every effort to establish schools to cater for this demand are still facing obstacles,” he told the gathered audience.

“I raised this during talks with the Taoiseach recently, and I inquired if there might be ways to remove these obstacles from those communities trying to provide Irish-medium secondary schooling.

“While I do not have a role in the area of education policy, it would be a failure of note if the State could not provide education to children in the first language.”

Mr Higgins said Ireland had a lot to learn from other countries about the provision of State services in a minority language and added that he intended to focus his attention on the challenges faced by the Irish language for the rest of this year.


(Gaeilge) ‘Ceisteanna tromchúiseacha’ le freagairt maidir le toil an Stáit seirbhísí i nGaeilge 
a sholáthar

June 27, 2016

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(Gaeilge) ‘Níl na hacmhainní againn ár ndualgais teanga a chur i bhfeidhm’ – Comhairle Cathrach na Gaillimhe

June 27, 2016

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Westport Gaelscoil shut early over health and safety concerns

June 27, 2016

SUMMER holidays came almost a week early for pupils at Westport’s Gaelscoil na Cruaiche this week when the Board of Management and principal took the decision to shut the building early on health and safety grounds.

In recent months there has been increasing concern over the structural integrity of the roof of the building, due to signs that it had been compromised. An engineer’s report this week stated that the building is not fit for purpose. This report was acted on immediately, and the school has been shut from today, Friday, June 24, until further notice.

The Department of Education, which was aware of the issues since they arose, has been informed of the decision to close the school. It is now hoped that the essential repair works can be carried out over the summer months.
Minister of State Michael Ring has been speaking to officials in Education Minister Richard Bruton’s Department. The entire school community at Gaelscoil na Cruaiche backs the decision taken to shut the building, with the health and safety of children and staff being of the utmost importance.

There are several issues with the roof, and a problem with the sewer system also. The cost of remedying the issues is not known. Nor is it known whether the Department of Education will fund the works or seek to have them addressed by the contractors who worked on the build project at Gaelscoil na Cruaiche.
However, if the work has not been completed by September it will create a real headache for pupils, teachers, parents and all involved at the progressive Westport school.


Celebrations at Gaelscoil Longfoirt

June 27, 2016

Gaelscoil Longfoirt had a wonderful day on Friday, June 10 as they raised their 3rd Green Flag at their annual Bake Sale.

A real fair day atmosphere added to the fun eventful day.

There were activities to suit all from face painting, nail panting, hair stations, and make up tables to penalty kick outs, Match Attax games and skipping competitions.

The bring and buy stall was a great hit and the children showed great initiative and made popcorn, candy floss, bracelets etc. to sell on the day.

The effort and generosity of the parents was incredible with fabulous buns, cakes, brownies, tarts and other delicious treats on the day.

The stalls were packed with vegetables grown and picked by the children in the school garden and parents provided flowers, plants and vegetables grown at home.

Fair Ground games such as “Sponge Face”, “Bucket Ball”, “Darts”, “Guess the Teddy`s name”, “Guess how many sweets in the jar” filled the yard.

Balloon animals and swords filled the school yard with painted faces galore. All the stalls were run by the children and great initiative was shown.

The day was finished off on a high note as Gary Brady from Longford County Council came to help raise the school`s Green Flag. Gary remarked on how he always enjoys visiting the school and seeing the work and effort put into the Green Flag. Gabhaimid buíochas ó chroí leis na múinteoirí agus pobal uile na scoile as a n-iarrachtaí go léir.


Stiúrthóir Naíonra, Naíonra Matters

June 23, 2016


We are delighted to announce we are seeking a Montessori Teacher in our preschool setting, Naíonra Matters, Lucan, Co Dublin. The position is 5 days per week 1:15-4:15 (September to June). The position commences in September 2016.  The successful applicant must have a minimum of Fetac Level 7 in Childcare/Montessori and have excellent spoken Irish.

Please forward your C.V.  to info@montessorimatters.ie

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