New Schools

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Gaeloideachas works with communities and various patron organisations to establish new Irish-medium schools, both in areas designated for the development of new schools by the Department of Education & Skills and in other areas where the community has determined a demand for Irish-medium education. The success of any application for the recognition of a new school depends on community support and expressions of interest from parents. Help with campaigns to establish new schools is always welcome, and every support is provided to the volunteer committees working to establish schools in their local communities.

Gaeloideachas’ vision is that high-quality Irish-medium immersion education should be available to every parent and guardian who would choose it for their child. If you’re interested in helping to make this a reality, you’ll find information on current campaigns on

Have your say on the patronage of new schools

The Department of Education’s consultation process for the patronage of new schools is ongoing. Parents have the opportunity to express their preference for patronage of a school in their area. Please visit for further information.

To be eligible to vote, parents must live within the school planning area. You will need your Eircode and your child’s PPS number to verify this.

If you have any questions about the process or about how an Irish-medium school might benefit your child, you’re very welcome to contact us on 01 8535195 or

The Gaelscoil4all Campaign

Feachtas na Scoileanna Nua

Good news for children in Dublin as 5 new gaelscoileanna to open

Gaeloideachas congratulates the Minister for Education and Skills, Joe Mc Hugh, TD, who today announced that five of the fourteen new schools due to open in the 2020-2022 period will be Irish-medium schools, as a result of significant and historic changes to the way...

Five new primary schools designated as Irish-medium

The Minister for Education and Skills Joe McHugh T.D. has today announced that five new primary schools being established from 2020-2022 are being designated for Irish-medium education. The Minister took the decision following an analysis of the availability of...

Foras to apply for patronage of 11 new post-primary schools

From We are applying to open 11 new Gaelcholáistí in 2020 and 2021. Each Gaelcholáiste will be a co-ed, multi-denominational, secondary school. Each area needs a new school to cater for a growing population. We want to give parents a new choice...

Applications open for patronage of six new post-primary schools

The Department of Education & Skills today invited patrons and prospective patrons to apply to become a patron for any or all six new schools, due to open in 2020, which are being set up to meet the demand from growing populations in parts of Greater Dublin,...