Coláiste Bhaile Chláir

Scéim Aitheantais / Irish Scheme

As Coláiste Bhaile Chláir is in Gaeltacht an Eachréidh, we are pleased to offer your child some classes through the medium of Irish as they enter 1st year in Coláiste Bhaile Chláir – Physical Education and CSPE. This is our 4th year running the Scéim Aitheantais Scoileanna Gaeltachta and we are adding more subjects each year.

All our students currently in the Scéim have said their spoken Gaeilge has improved from ‘maith to an-mhaith’ and their written Gaeilge has improved from ‘réasúnta to maith’. The students in first year who avail of these classes will be the only 1st year group offered a trip to the Gaeltacht. Students will do a short interview at the start of the year with our Irish teachers prior to commencing to assess standard.

Why do it?

  • Academic
    • Greater Student-Teacher Contact Time
    • Improve your spoken Gaeilge (40% for Leaving Cert. Examination Irish Oral)
    • Bonus marks in Junior Cert Exam will be given to a candidate
    • Students’ ability in other languages (including English) increases
  • Extra Support
    • Language Assistant in the room
  • Other Benefits:
    • School trips to the Gaeltacht
    • Summer scholarships to Irish Colleges
    • Builds confidence

Some feedback from our students currently in the Scéim:

Gaeilge níos fearr

A better understanding of Irish

it helps with learning in actual Irish class as I have more classroom language

I’ve been able to not just speak Irish at home but now in more classes

I feel like I can have a conversation in Irish

Gained confidence when speaking Irish

I made new friends that also like Irish like me

Níor roghnaigh mórán daoine an foirm Ghaelach mar sin táimid beag agus tá sé sin go maith.

Is rang beag muid agus is cairde níos fearr muid.

If you would like to enroll your child in these Irish classes, please let Ms Ní Chonghaile know by email at or phone 091 799 001 by 22th August 2023.

Le dea-ghuí,

Neasa Ní Chonghaile (Comhordaitheoir na Scéime)

Emma Ryan (Deputy Principal)

Coláiste Bhaile Chláir,
Baile Chláir,
Co na Gaillimhe,
H91 XY8V

091 799 001

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