Loreto College - Coleraine, Co. Derry, Northern Ireland
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Academic Year 2018/2019

Ceann na Roinne:
C Bean Uí Mhaoláin

Múinteoir Gaeilge:
D Bean Uí Dhoinn

Roinn na Gaeilge

Fáilte Uí Cheallaigh go Roinn na Gaeilge, Coláiste Loreto.

Welcome to the Irish department, where a knowledge of Irish unlocks a unique understanding of our cultural past and identity and informs our future.

Tír gan teanga, tír gan anam
(A country without a language is a country without a soul)

The soul of previous generations is reflected in our language, our literature, our traditions and our musical heritage. We look forward to walking the road of discovery with each and every one of our pupils.

Aims: From Year 8 until final year, pupils are encouraged:
To derive enjoyment and benefit from language learning, and be inspired to follow the broad range of courses available to them in Loreto;
To recognise that their linguistic knowledge, understanding and skills help them to take their place in a multilingual global society, and also provide them with a suitable basis for further study and practical use of Irish;
To make informed decisions about further learning opportunities and career choices;
To develop knowledge of the language and language learning skills;
To develop an understanding of Irish in a  variety of contexts;
To develop the ability to communicate effectively in Irish; and
To develop an awareness and understanding of Irish  speaking communities.

Strategies: Strategies used to further these aims include:
Immersion in the speaking of Irish; pupils are expected to converse with their teachers and other Gaeilgeoirí in Irish inside and outside of class;
Adherence to well planned schemes of work which cater for a wide variety of intelligences;
Utilisation of a wide range of resources including interactive whiteboards, school intranet, audio and visual recording equipment, digital cameras, personal CD players.
Working with other departments in Loreto and outside organisations such as Gael Linn, BBC, TG4, CCEA, Comhar na Múinteoirí, Pobal Charn Tóchair.
Facilitating pupil visits to the Donegal Gaeltacht during Easter and summer holidays.
Facilitating pupils to partake in competitions such as public speaking, quizzes, debating, Scór, Féiseanna,  drama and art among others.

Useful sites:
www.abair.ie As an aid to pronunciation of Irish words and phrases
www.ccea.co.uk  Information on GCSE, AS and A level courses
www.focal.ie  As an English – Irish dictionary

For today’s school leaver the Irish language offers increasing career and lifestyle choices. In the last 10 years there has been a marked growth in the use of Irish throughout the country. More and more people have come to value Irish and wish to use it as a natural part of their daily lives. An ever-increasing number of parents are choosing to raise their children through the medium of Irish. Demand for Irish medium education has risen sharply with a 700% increase in the last 30 years.

Governments both in Ireland and Europe now recognise the importance of Irish and are investing in the language. More importantly for you an increasing number of career opportunities are now available to Irish speakers in such areas as education, technology, media, science, publishing, childcare, government, community development and many more. There is a demand in Irish language voluntary and public sectors for Irish speaking accountants, solicitors and graphic designers etc to provide professional services through the medium of Irish. Private sector organisations, anxious to gain competitive advantage, sometimes target the Irish language market. Examples include Samsung, who developed the first ever texting service through Irish; and Microsoft, who have developed Irish language software products.

Irish became an official working language of the EU in 2005 and is one of the minority languages being promoted, not just within the European Parliament but within higher education institutions in the EU and in colleges across the United States, through the support of the Fulbright Commission and in Canada through the support of the Ireland Canada University Foundation. 

The publication of Do Ghairm le Gaeilge (Your Career with Irish) in 2009 is a response to these developments. This guide provides an insight into the myriad of career opportunities available which require the use of the Irish Language. Launching the guide, Deputy Chief Executive of TG4, Pádhraic Ó Ciardha pointed out that: 

“The Irish language television production sector reflects the wide variety of jobs available for Irish speaking graduates –not only as presenters and scriptwriters but also as project managers, translators, camera staff, editors and graphic designers”

Mol an óige agus tiocfaidh sí
(Praise the young and they will flourish)