New Schools

New Schools

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 for 2019

The Department of Education’s consultation process for the patronage of the 12 new primary schools to be established in 2019 has now opened. Parents have until the 15th of January 2019 to express their preference for patronage of a school in their area. Please visit for further information.

To be eligible to vote, parents must have a child aged 0-5 who lives 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 a gaelscoil might benefit your child, you’re very welcome to contact us on 01 8535195 or