Musicians Catherine Joyce, Maebh Dunlop, Hannah Lyons and Aine Fox who performed at a public meeting on the need for an all-Irish secondary school in Castlebar held at the Linenhall Arts Centre. Photo: Alison Laredo

Campaign for an All-Irish Mayo secondary school being progressed

A public meeting has taken place at The Linenhall Arts Centre, Castlebar, where a warm welcome greeted all attendees who showed their support and interest in the on-going campaign to establish an all-Irish secondary school in the town.

The founders of the campaign Emer Mayock and Frainc Ó Clochartaigh, along with committee member Freda Nic Giolla Chatháin, spoke of the campaign's progress to date and the increasing support being offered to the campaign from leading national Irish language organisations, local government, teachers, parents, and members of the public.

Guest speakers Tomás Ó Póil (Bainisteoir Oiliúna, An Foras Patrúnachta) and Conor Ó Mathúna (Principal of Gael-Ccholáiste Chill Dara) provided valuable advice and perspective on founding a new school, the clear advantages of immersive education and the positive path ahead for this campaign.

Questions were invited from the audience and a positive and healthy discussion rounded off the official part of the night before everyone returned to the foyer for a cupán tae, accompanied by the beautiful sounds of ceol by local musicians Catherine Joyce, Hannah Lyons, Maebh Dunlop and Áine Fox.

The campaign to establish a Gaelcholáiste in Castlebar will be making an official application to the Department of Education in the coming months and anyone with an interest in this campaign is encouraged to contact the committee.

Further details can be found on here.