Celebration to mark announcement of new building for Gaelcholaiste Dhún Dealgan

A special evening took place in Robin House last Thursday evening to mark the occasion of An Foras Pátrúnachta successfully acquiring the lease on the town centre building for use as a new Irish medium secondary school.
Gaelcholáiste Dhún Dealgan has been a long time in the making and many of the local parents who fought tooth and nail to ensure that there would be an Irish medium secondary school in the town were in attendance on Thursday evening in Robin House (the old Keytronics building on the Ramparts). The school is a satellite of it’s parent school Coláiste Ghlór na Mara in Balbriggan and will be able to utilise all the expertise and experience of the North Dublin secondary school.

The Irish-Medium, co-educational, multi-denominational secondary school will open its doors for first years in 2023 and newly appointed Deputy Principal Caoimhe Héarún hosted the celebratory evening last Thursday and thanked everybody for all their hard work in making the new Gaelcholáiste Dhún Dealgan become a reality. The well attended evening saw guests treated to some wonderful music by local musicians Zoe Conway and John McIntyre before Caoimhe Hearún and General Secretary of An Foras Pátrúnachta, Caoimhín Ó hEaghra gave short speeches about the ambitions of the new school with Caoimhe stating that Balbriggan’s Ghlór na Mara went from having forty odd students to 400+ in seven years which she said was a progression she hoped to match in Dundalk.

Over the coming weeks and months Caoimhe and everybody involved with the new school will get ready for various open days and information evenings for students and parents. The new school is open to all children from Co. Louth and neighbouring counties who want to learn through the medium of Irish.

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