Gaelscoil an Bhradain Feasa at Tayto launch

Mid Louth Independent - - COMMUNITY NEWS -

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.

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