Tae agus Plé: Parents meetup to talk about autistic children and families’ experience in Irish-medium education

Feb 8, 2024

Sábháil an dáta Tae agus Plé

Would you like to meet other parents or carers of autistic children attending Irish-medium education? If so, we would be delighted to welcome you a friendly, informal meetup organised by Gaeloideachas on the 27th of February from 19.30-21.00.

What will happen at the meetup?

Parents will have the opportunity to chat with other parents over tea, coffee and biscuits, and share experiences or information, exchange ideas and tips on ways to support your children, or just sit back and listen.

At the start of the night, we will have different speakers join us to speak about three different topics that will be of interest to parents (see below). Some of the speakers will stay for the second half and parents will have the opportunity to ask them questions and have a chat with them.

Who can register for the meetup?

Parents and carers of autistic children who are attending a naíonra, Gaelscoil, or Gaelcholáiste are welcome to attend. Parents of younger children who are interested in Irish-medium education are also welcome.

Please note that spaces for this event are limited (50 spaces) and advance registration is required. Registration will close when full and another event will be organised for those who didn’t manage to get a place. The registration form is at the bottom of this page. 


Scoil Oilibhéir, An Chúil Mhín, Cluain Saileach, Baile Átha Cliath 15, D15 PX99


Tuesday, February 27th


Who are the speakers?

Méabh Ní Choileáin, teacher, writer, scholar
Méabh Ní Choileáin is a primary school teacher, writer and scholar. She is currently pursuing a doctorate in English at Trinity College, and teaching students with an intellectual disability on a new pilot programme at the university. Her acclaimed first novel for young people, Freya Harte Is Not A Puzzle, was published last year. It’s a story about an autistic teenager. Méabh herself is autistic and has experience of teaching in an autism class in a Gaelscoil. She is very interested in disability rights and inclusive education.

An Dr Neasa Ní Chiaráin, School of Linguistic, Speech, and Communication Sciences, Trinity College
Neasa Ní Chiaráin is working on the development of speech and language technology for Irish, particularly on Irish language synthetic voices as part of the ABAIR initiative (www.abair.ie) in the Phonetics and Speech Lab, Trinity College Dublin. The ABAIR team is developing a wide range of projects in the areas of access, education and for the general public. Neasa is particularly interested in exploring ways to use these technologies for the benefit of learning/teaching Irish. On the night Neasa will give an overview of the various projects that are underway in the different fields and will welcome expressions of interest from people who would be interested in  using this modern technology.

Margaret O’Brien, Team Manager (North Dublin), National Council for Special Education
Margaret leads a team of Advisors, SENOs and Visiting Teachers (VI/DHH) in the delivery of services to schools in relation to children with special educational needs.

Paula Cashin, Special Educational Needs Organiser, National Council for Special Education
Paula is a SENO with the NCSE and works in the Dublin 15 area.

SENOs plan, co-ordinate and review the provision of additional education supports to schools that enrol students with special educational needs in line with Department of Education policy. SENOs support parents and guardians by providing information, establishing special classes and engaging with other professionals working with your child. SENOs advise and support parents around the availability of special classes, special schools and other educational supports. SENOs process Transport and Assistive Technology applications and forward to the Department of Education for sanction. SENOs provide parents with advice and useful tips on transition from preschool to school from primary school to post-primary school and onto adult services. Click here for more information.

Margaret and Paula will speak about Moving from Primary to Post Primary School – guidelines for parents and guardians of students with special educational needs
All young people have to manage changes in their lives. One of these changes is the transition from primary to post-primary school. Margaret and Paula will provide information to support a successful transition for students with special educational needs, for their parents and for the schools where they are enrolled. It will include the number of steps involved in planning for transition into post-primary school.


e.g. Naíonra, níos óige ná sin, bunscoil, iar-bhunscoil Preschool, younger, primary, post-primary
An mbeadh suim agat i ngrúpa WhatsApp do thuismitheoirí? | Are you interested in joining a WhatsApp group for parents?
An mbeadh suim agat i dteacht le chéile den chineál seo trí mheán na Gaeilge? | Would you be interested in a similar event entirely through Irish?

If you need more information, please contact:

Ciara Ní Bhroin, Gaeloideachas | 01 805 7736 | ciara@gaeloideachas.ie