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Official Recognition for Four Gaelscoileanna in Northern Ireland

August 12, 2010

Four new Gaelscoileanna recently received official recognition from the Department of Education, Northern Ireland for the next school year.

Parents and local organisations responded with great joy to the announcement which followed an intensive campaign by community groups to establish Irish language medium schools in Maherafelt and Limavaddy in Co. Derry, Kilkeel in Co. Down and in Ballymena in Co. Antrim.

The schools hope to open on the first day of September this year once conditions set out by the Department are complied with.

The good news added to the festivity of a fund-raising dance held  ast Saturday week in the Europa Hotel, Belfast in aid of Gaelscoil an Seanchaí, one of the newly recognised schools.

The schools received recognition based on the consistent demand for Irish medium education in these school areas. It has been recognised that Irish medium secondary schools may be established in these areas in the coming years if demand persists at a local level.

©Gaelport.com 10 Lúnasa 2010