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A gaelcholáiste is a secondary level school in Ireland, both the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland, outside Gaeltacht areas, where Irish is the primary language of teaching and communication.

Gaelcoláistí are represented and supported by the Gaelscoileanna Teo. organisation, based in Dublin.

There are 40 Gaelcholáistí on the island of Ireland attended by around 10,000 students.

Future Gaelcoláiste

As a result of the announcement from the Department of Education & Skills of 25 July 2012,[1] three new Gaelcoláistí were scheduled to open in September 2014: -

Location Coláiste Name Start Date Patron Body
Balbriggan Coláiste Ghlór na Mara[2] 1 September, 2014 An Foras Pátrúnachta
Dundrum, Dublin Gaelcholáiste an Phiarsaigh September, 2014 An Foras Pátrúnachta
Carrigaline Gaelcholáiste Charraig Uí Leighin September, 2017 Co. Cork VEC

In 2015 Northern Ireland's second Gaelcholáiste Gaelcholáiste Dhoire opened in Dungiven Castle and Coláiste Loch Gile is expected to open in Sligo in 2016 and Gaelcholáiste Mhaigh Nuad is expected to open in Maynooth in 2019.

There are several campaigns running for new Gaelcholáistí to be set-up in other parts of the island of Ireland also.

See also


  1. "Dept of Education announcement". Department of Education and Skills (Ireland).<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. "Fingal Independent Coláiste article". Fingal Independent.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>