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 Irish Department


Head of Irish – Joanne Kyle

Teachers of Irish – Conor Mullin , Kevin Dobbins, Ciara Doherty, Andrea O donnell

Language Assistant

Máirtín Ó Maolmhuaidh


Aims of the Department

·         To develop the ability to use languages effectively for purposes for practical communication

·         To form a sound base of the skills, language and attitudes required for further study, work and leisure.

·         To introduce pupils to other cultures and civilisations.

·         To develop an awareness of the nature of language and language learning.

·         To provide enjoyment and intellectual stimulation.

·         To encourage positive attitudes to language learning and to the speakers of other languages and a sympathetic approach to other cultures and civilisations.

·         To promote skills of a more general application to all learning processes, for example analysis, memorising and the drawing of inferences.

·         To help all pupils secure a pass grade at GCSE, AS and A Level.

Description of the curriculum

Key Stage 3

Topics covered:

·         Everyday routine and weekend activities

·         Physical descriptions

·         Personal details

·         Family details/jobs

·         Friends details

·         School details

·         Occupations

·         Place names and preferences

·         Classroom objects

·         Colours and prepositions

·         Classroom rules

·         Classroom instructions

·         Daily routine

·         Days of the week

·         Weather

·         World of work

·         Ailments

·         Parts of the body

·         Adjectives

·         Use of ‘IS’

·         Pronouns

·         Personal numbers

·         Recent and future holidays and trips to the Ghaeltacht

·         Shops, goods, public services

·         Past times and equipment associated with them



Key Stage 4

Pupils who opt for Irish at this level complete CCEA GCSE .

Through studying this specification, students:

  • develop an understanding of written and spoken Irish in a variety of contexts;
  • develop the ability to communicate effectively in written and spoken Irish, using a variety of vocabulary, syntax and structures;
  • develop knowledge of the language and language-learning skills;
  • develop an awareness and understanding of Spanish-speaking countries and communities;
  • recognise that their linguistic knowledge, understanding and skills help them to take their place in a multilingual global society; and
  • derive enjoyment from language learning.

The course provides a sound base for further study of Irish at a more advanced level. It also helps students make informed decisions about further learning opportunities and career choices.


Key Stage 5

Pupils complete CCEA AS and A2 exams

Our revised GCE Irish specification aims to enable students to:

  • develop their interest in and understanding of the language;
  • communicate with speakers of Irish; and
  • acquire knowledge and skills that will help them progress to further study and/or employment.

Language learning can open up a world of opportunities to students. The revised GCE specification will help students avail of these opportunities and take their place in a multilingual, global society.



Extra Curricular


·         An Cumann Gaelach

·         Participation in Gael-Linn Quizzes

·         Silver Fáinne oral competition

·         Gold Fáinne Oral Competition

·         Annual attendance at An Ghaeltacht

·         Participation in Local events to celebrate Irish Language such as Flan nó Brian celebration, events in the Library and in the Alley Theatre

·         Visits to local Gaelscoil to read to pupils during book week


Achievements (curricular)

In the past one of our students received an award for being the top GCSE Irish candidate in Northern Ireland

We consistently achieve a 90% + pass rate (A* - C) at GCSE and A level


Web links

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