Gaeltacht 2018


16th January 2018 

Dear Parents/Guardian, 

Athbhliain faoi mhaise daoibh go léir. Happy New Year. 

As you know 40% of marks in Leaving Certificate Irish are for spoken Irish.  Here in CBS Arklow we now do an oral Irish exam for Junior Cert students which is also worth 40%.  

We would like to encourage all pupils taking Irish for both the Junior and Leaving Certificates to attend the Gaeltacht as regularly as possible during the summer holidays. This is the only opportunity for 5th years/2nd Years to attend the Gaeltacht during the summer before their Leaving Certificate/Junior Certificate in 2018. 

The Irish teachers have a caifé agus comhrá session at lunch time each Friday where the boys have a cuppa and a chat "as Gaeilge."  We would love to see more of them attend!! 

At a local level 'Glór na nGael' are an independent organisation promoting spoken Irish. They meet on the first Tuesday of every month at 7.30pm in Costa Coffee. All school pupils are very welcome. This is a free service within the town of Arklow. 

We would recommend the following Gaeltachts (but not exclusively) :   

Coláiste Chonnacht - or 091 553146 

Coláiste Lurgán -  Places an emphasis on music 

Coláiste Chamuis - or  091 593162 

Coláiste Acla - 086 2310377 or 1850 200483 (price varies for same course at different times during the summer holidays).  This Gaeltacht also hosts 2 week courses that may be of interest to many pupils.  It has many water based activities 

Coláiste Laighean : Contact : Caoimhín de Baith (Kevin Bates)  
Fón (087) 135 8197 email  This is based in New Ross and  hosts 2 week courses also 

Coláiste na Rinne: .  email: Fón 058 46128.  Based in Ring, Waterford 

Coláiste na bhFiann: Fón: +353 1 825 9342 | Fax: +353 1 824 0523.  This is the Gaeltacht we visit each year with First Year students and has an excellent level of Irish Email: 

Coláiste Naomh Eoin - An Ghaeltacht at home is a non residential course based in both GOREY & BRAY and is excellent value for money. or 01 298 5287 

Coláiste Bhreandáin in Kerry offers both French & Irish courses. 086 3688484 

We understand that this is a significant investment.  In order to assist parents with the cost the school has set up a savings club to enable students to save towards the cost of the Gaeltacht visit.  A number of parents have expressed interest in this but would like to know if any other students are going within the school.  Please contact other parents you know directly. To book your place go directly to the contact details provided above. 

Should you require additional information please do not hesitate to contact the Irish Department on the school number. 

Yours sincerely, 

Roinn na Gaeilge