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Ceann na Roinne
C Bean Uí Mhaoláin

Múinteoir Gaeilge
D Bean Uí Dhoinn

Fáilte Uí Cheallaigh go Roinn na Gaeilge, Coláiste Loreto.
Welcome to the Irish department!

“Tír gan teanga, tír gan anam”

A country without a language is a country without a soul. From Year 8 to Year 14, we welcome pupils to take the journey of learning, living and loving this beautiful and ancient language; both inside and outside school. 

How do we do this?

  • We adopt a broad and varied approach to language teaching and learning; we utilise face-to-face teaching, pair work, group work, ICT work, presentations, competition, drama, song, rap, dance, movement and much more.

  • Pupils are expected to converse with their teachers and other Gaeilgeoirí in Irish, both inside and outside of class.

  • Adherence to well-planned schemes of work, which cater for a wide variety of intelligences.

  • Utilisation of a wide range of resources including interactive whiteboards, audio and visual recording equipment, games, physical resources and computer suites.

  • Working with other departments within Loreto, Irish departments in other schools, and outside organisations such as Gael Linn, BBC, TG4, CCEA, An Carn.

  • Facilitating pupil visits to the Donegal Gaeltacht during Easter and summer holidays.

  • Facilitating pupils to partake in competitions such as public speaking, quizzes, debating, Scór, Féiseanna, drama and art among others.

Useful sites

  •           Information on GCSE, AS and A level courses

  • www.focló              An English – Irish dictionary

  •         An Irish – English dictionary

  •               An aid to pronunciation of Irish words and phrases



For today’s school leaver, the Irish language offers increasing career choices. In recent years, there has been a marked growth in the use of Irish throughout the country. An ever-increasing number of parents are choosing to raise their children through the medium of Irish. As such, the demand for Irish medium education has risen sharply with a 700% increase in the last 30 years.

Governments both in Ireland and in Europe recognise the importance of Irish and are investing in the language. More importantly for you, an increasing number of career opportunities are now available to Irish speakers in both public and private sector career areas such as education, technology, media, publishing, childcare, community development, accountancy, law, ICT and design. Many private sector tech giants now offer their services and software through Irish, e.g. Samsung, Google, Facebook, Microsoft, WhatsApp. Having Irish might give you the competitive advantage to get a job ahead of another candidate. Go for it!

“Mol an óige agus tiocfaidh sí”
(Praise the young and they will flourish)