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Balbriggan Gaelscoil Celebrates 10 Years

Gaelscoil Bhaile BriginPictured at the 10th anniversary celebrations at Gaelscoil Bhaile Brigin last week, are School principal, Clodagh Ní Mhaoilchiaráin, Acting County Mayor, Cllr Gráinne Maguire and Chairperson of the Board of Management, Micheal Mac Mathuna

Gaelscoil Bhaile Brigín is in the process of celebrating their 10th year providing top class education through the medium of Irish for the children of Balbriggan.

The school, which is situated in the Castlelands area of the town, first opened its doors on the 4th September 2006 in Sunshine House, with two teachers and 35 students. This wonderful achievement came about as the result of two years of hard work and dedication of the Founding Committee. They worked tirelessly to raise awareness, enrol potential students, raise funds and achieve recognition from the Department of Education and Skills.

It was a historical day for the town of Balbriggan and the school has grown and flourished over the last 10 years to a school with 485 students, 26 teachers, 7 SNAs and ancillary staff. There are 16 mainstream classes and 2 ASD classes.

The school and ASD classes are educated through the medium of Irish. They also engage in many extra curricular and cultural activities such as sport, drama, music and various afterschool clubs. Parental involvement remains an important aspect of the school. The school also now benefits from access to a Gaelcholáiste (Coláiste Ghlór Na Mara) in the town.

A wonderful day was had in the school on 6th April last to celebrate the success and growth of the school, with musicians, dancers and a concert with Seo Linn. Acting County Mayor, Cllr Gráinne Maguire was present on the day and much praise was heaped on Chairman of the Board of Directors, Micheál Mac Mathúna, whose dedication 10 years ago made sure that the school proceeded. Principal, Clodagh Ní Mhaoilchiaráin was also praised for her vision and hard work. Cormac McCashin from An Bórd Patrúnaca in his speech said a ship is nothing without its captain, in a fitting tribute to Clodagh.

Acting County Mayor, Cllr Gráinne Maguire said that the Gaelscoil is at the very heart of the community in Balbriggan, saying that it is wonderful to hear Irish being spoken by children in the community.