Gaeloideachas celebrates 50-year anniversary at Tionól Forbartha 2023 in partnership with COGG

Nov 10, 2023

Over 370 delegates attending professional development conference for primary and secondary teachers in Irish-medium and Gaeltacht schools, a celebratory occasion for Gaeloideachas in the year of its 50th anniversary

Gaeloideachas will be celebrating 50 years since the organisation was founded in 1973 at Tionól Forbartha (Professional Development Conference) 2023 in partnership with COGG today, 10 November, in the Slieve Russell hotel in Co. Cavan. Over 370 delegates are registered to attend the day’s events, including workshops for primary and secondary teachers in Irish-medium and Gaeltacht schools; lectures from Professor Áine Hyland and Dr Kerron Ó Luain on the history of Irish in the education system and the history of the Gaelscoil movement; a celebratory dinner at the end of the day; and entertainment from traditional music group The Bonny Men.

The Tionól Forbartha is the largest conference organised specifically for teachers in Irish-medium and Gaeltacht schools, and teachers will have the opportunity to hear from guest speakers on a range of themes and issues, with an emphasis on the immersion education system.

“This is a truly important milestone for the organisation and we are so looking forward to the opportunity to celebrate with the communities of Irish-medium and Gaeltacht schools,” said Bláthnaid ní Ghréacháin, Chief Executive of Gaeloideachas. “We are very pleased to have experts of the calibre of Professor Emeritus Hyland and Dr Ó Luain with us to look at some significant achievements over the years, but also to address the challenges that still exist for Irish-medium education today and that we have to grapple with.”

“Gaeloideachas is very proud of the programme we have on offer today and that we will have first-class speakers with us to share their experiences and research,” said President of Gaeloideachas, Mícheál S. Mac Donnacha. “We hope that all of the delegates will enjoy and learn from the event, especially this year as we celebrate 50 years as an organisation. It’s these teachers who work to promote Irish-medium education every day – they are at the heart of the system and this is a fantastic opportunity to give them the recognition they have earned.”

In the words of Professor Emeritus Áine Hyland, regarding the sector before the 1970s, “The government hoped that Irish would be used as the language of communication in primary schools and that every subject would be taught through Irish. If that policy had succeeded, there would be no need to give specific recognition to Irish-medium schools. While many teachers tried their best, the policy was not successful, but the work had begun and as the saying goes, tús maith leath na hoibre.”




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Notes for the editor 


Gaeloideachas is the national lead-organisation that supports the development of Irish-medium and Gaeltacht schools at primary and at post-primary level. 
Gaeloideachas provides advice, assistance and support to people who wish to have their children educated through the medium of Irish, as well as support services for Irish-medium schools in Gaeltacht and non-Gaeltacht areas and naíonraí outside the Gaeltacht.