Gaelscoil an Bhradain Feasa at Tayto launch
STUDENTS of Gaelscoil an Bhradáin Feasa were amongst 5,000 young Gaeilgeoirí to flock to Tayto Park to celebrate An Foras Pátrúnachta’s (AFP) 25 th anniversary
Some 5,000 2nd to 6th class pupils from AFP schools all across Ireland travelled to Tayto Park to celebrate the milestone of the largest patron of Irish medium schools in Ireland.
The students had exclusive access to attractions such as the Cú Chulainn rollercoaster, the extreme climbing wall, the Viking voyage and Mr. Tayto’s pony trail.
“It was a brilliant occasion for the newest generation of Gaeilgeoirí to come together and have fun together outside their school environment, while speaking Irish,” said All Ireland-winning Dublin footballer, avid Gaeilgeoir and Gaelscoil4All ambassador, Ciarán Kilkenny,
“It is hugely import to ensure that our language is not left at the school gate, and I really admire AFP’s efforts in this area over the last 25 years.”
Since its foundation in 1993, An Foras Pátrúnachta has sought to develop, strengthen and promote Irish-medium education, and cultivate a strong and proud community of Irish speakers. Over the last 25 years, the number of schools under its patronage has grown from three to over 70, currently educating more than 16,000 students.
Earlier this month, AFP announced its intention to apply for 13 new primary schools due to open in 2019, as part of its Gaelscoil4All campaign.