Staff and pupils at Gael-Choláiste Chill Dara say they are delighted that permanent recognition has been granted to the Irish-medium second-level school in Kildare.
Gael-Choláiste Chill Dara opened in 2003 with nine pupils registered in its first year. The school was granted temporary recognition in 2004 and it is expected that there will be up to 200 pupils registered in the school in September 2012.
The school is currently temporarily housed in the old VEC building on the Newbridge Road in Naas. It had formerly been located on the Curragh.
The school patron of Gael-Choláiste Chill Dara, An Foras Pátrúnachta (AFP), has welcomed the recent announcement from the Department of Education and Skills that permanent recognition has now been granted to Gael-Choláiste Chill Dara.
AFP was founded to promote Irish-medium education. Its General Secretary Caoimhín Ó hEaghra, said he wanted to “congratulate everyone who has been involved with the school since its establishment in ensuring it would be a school of first class education.
“Recognition and gratitude is due to the school’s principal, Séamus Ó Ceanainn, the founding committee, the Board of Management, the staff, pupils and teachers.
“Not only have they benefited the community in their area but they have worked to benefit Irish-medium education and the Irish language.”
AFP is the only patron that was founded to promote Irish-medium education.
Meanwhile AFP has made an application to open a Gael-Choláiste in Maynooth, Kildare but despite the wishes of parents in Maynooth, along with a list of over 580 names seeking a Gael-Choláiste in the area, they have thus far not been successful.
“AFP and the Founding Committee are continuing with the campaign for a Gael-Choláiste in Maynooth to serve pupils in North Kildare,” the organisation explained in a statement.