THE new Gaelscoil in Kildare town began the first chapter of its life when it opened its doors last week.
Gaelscoil Mhic Aodha Principal, Norma Ní Chonchúir, welcomed 13 junior infant pupils on Thursday August 29.
The school is to be temporarily based in the former vocational school building in Kildare town and is to move to a permanent building at a new educational campus at Magee Barracks.
In March 2012, the demand for Irish medium education in Kildare town was recognised by the Department of Education, and it was announced that a Gaelscoil under the patronage of An Foras Pátrúnachta would be opened.
Gaelscoil Mhic Aodha is a multidenominational Gaelscoil. The new school will start out with Junior Infants only this year but it is expected that it will grow rapidly.
Norma Ní Chonchúir, principal of Gaelscoil Mhic Aodha is extremely proud of what the school community in Kildare town has achieved to date.
“The parents have given me great support,” said Ms Ní Chonchúir.
“They have decided on a lovely uniform and have designed the school crest. I am really looking forward to the year ahead.
“It is a great honour for me to be the principal of Gaelscoil Mhic Aodha.
“There is a great demand for education through Irish in the Kildare town area, and it is brilliant that this new school is opening to cater for that demand.”
Schools across the county reopened over the past week.
It was a big change for pupils of the former Scoil Bhride Naofa and De La Salle Manistreach schools in Kildare town, as the new amalgamated St. Brigid’s Primary school welcomed both boys and girls at the former convent school building.
- Niamh O’Donoghue