Statistics

Sttistics

Gaeloideachas collates statistics from naíonraí outside Gaeltacht areas. These statistics help us to strategically plan for the development of Irish-medium education, to cater for the sector’s requirements and to provide effective support for naíonraí.

From 2023, statistics on the Irish-medium early years sector will be available from the Department of Children: contact@equality.gov.ie.

Our aim is to provide accurate and comprehensive information on the sector to the public. We publish overall statistics, and it is our policy not to publish information relating to a particular naíonra, or to pass such information on to a third party without the prior written consent of the naíonra concerned.

Naíonraí

The results of the mapping exercise recently undertaken by the Department of Children, Survey on Irish-Medium Provision of Early Learning and Care and School-Age Childcare Report 2023, is the most up-to-date assessment available to us on the current number of naíonraí outside of the Gaeltacht. The Department’s report on the results of the survey – which was distributed to all Early Learning and Care and School-Age Childcare settings – was published on 18 October 2023. In the survey on which the report is based, only 53 naíonraí outside of the Gaeltacht indicated that they are operating entirely through Irish. While it was not compulsory for services to take part in the survey, Gaeloideachas is of the view that the results are a reasonably accurate assessment.

This report will inform the development of a ‘Comprehensive Action Plan to further the development of Irish Language Provision in Early Learning and Care settings and Childcare for School-Aged Children,’ to be published by the Department of Children in 2024. 

You’ll find information below on the number of Irish-medium, aonaid lán-Ghaeilge and sruthanna Gaeilge; and the number of pupils both inside and outside the Gaeltacht, on a 32-county basis, according to the latest information available to us. These figures are for the 2021-2022 school year and will be updated once the information for the next school year is available to us.

The Department of Education is responsible for collecting and collating statistics from all schools in the 26 counties, including both Irish-medium and Gaeltacht schools. Further information is available directly from the Department: contact their Statistics Section directly with queries on 01-8892311 or statistics@education.gov.ie

We are grateful to Comhairle na Gaelscolaíochta for sharing general statistics with us on the Irish-medium schools in the 6 counties.

Primary Schools

Please contact the Statistics Section in the Department of Education directly with queries: 01-8892311 or statistics@education.gov.ie.

26 co. outside Gaeltacht Gaeltacht 26 co. total 6 co. total Total 
Students 37,500 7,360 44,860 4,661 49,521
Schools 153 105 258 35 293

Figures from the Department of Education indicate that 8% of primary school students in the 26 counties attend Irish-medium schools, and that Irish-medium schools account for 8% of the primary schools in the 26 counties.

Post-primary Schools

Please contact the Statistics Section in the Department of Education directly with queries: 01-8892311 or statistics@education.gov.ie.

26 Co. outside Gaeltacht Gaeltacht 26 Co. total 6 Co. total Total 
Students
11,951 3,832 15,783 1,675 17,458
Schools 47 29 76 5 81

Figures from the Department of Education indicate that 4% of post-primary school students in the 26 counties attend Irish-medium schools, and that Irish-medium schools account for 10% of the post-primary schools in the 26 counties.

Additional sources of information:

  • An Roinn Oideachais (schools)
  • Pobal (geographical information system) At Gaeloideachas’ request, a question regarding the language of provision will be included in the Pobal questionnaire from 2019 on. This will help to give a fuller picture of the Irish-medium early-years sector, and support Gaeloideachas’ lobbying for the rights and fair treatment of the naíonraí outside the Gaeltacht. 
  • Comhar Naíonraí na Gaeltachta (naíonraí in Gaeltacht areas)
  • Comhairle na Gaelscolaíochta (naíscoileanna and Irish-medium schools in the north)
  • Early Childhood Ireland (early-years services)