The first Irish language secondary school in Dublin 15 is set to open its doors next September.
Colaiste na Tulchann will initially operate as an Aonad Lan-Ghaeilge (Irish-medium Unit) in Luttrellstown Community College with an initial intake of approximately 40 pupils.
It is hoped that the school will move to its own premises in a few year’s time once pupil numbers grow.
Principal of Lutterellstown Community College, Fionnuala Ni Chaisil told the Gazette that she was delighted that the new school will be opening.
“I think it’s fantastic news,” she said.
“It’s a no-brainer that Dublin 15 should have a Gaelcholaiste and Luttrellstown Coummunity College is the best place to be the mathair scoil (mother school).”
The new school will serve the Dublin 15 and East Meath areas and preparation is well underway to ensure that pupils receive the best education possible.
“We already have enough staff to run a lot of subjects through Irish and with a tiny bit of recruitment, we’ll be able to run the curriculum we want,” said Ms Ni Chaisil.
The school have also recently appointed an additional deputy principal who has come from a Gaelscoil.
Colaiste na Tulchann pupils will have different start and finish times to the rest of Luttrellstown Community College to preserve the integrity of the Gaelscoil ethos.
However, students from the Gaelscoil will be able to take part in sports and activities with the rest of the school.
There are currently three primary Gaelscoils that will act as feeder schools to Colaiste na Tulchann.
But Ms Ni Chaisil said that students from all backgrounds and schools in the area are welcome to enrol provided that they show a genuine interest in the Irish language.
“We have found in Luttrellstown Community College that we have a very diverse population and we have noted that students who have come in from particular primary schools from non-national backgrounds have wonderful Irish,” she said.
“We believe that we’ll be able to immerse some of those students in Colaiste na Tulchann.”
Parents who wish to enrol their children at Colaiste na Tulchann can do so from late May.
All enquiries can be emailed to info.luttrellstown@ddletb.ie