Fáilte romhat !

Here in St. Mary’s Holy Faith, Killester, there is a strong emphasis on each student achieving her very best in Irish from 1st year on. Our overall aim is to prepare each student for the Junior Certificate and the Leaving Certificate exams by developing the four skills of reading, writing, listening and speaking through the use of the target language.

The Irish Department in St. Mary’s thoroughly believes that by immersing the students in the language, by using various activities, aids in developing the above skills in an interesting and enjoyable way. We promote the use of interactive learning and our highly modern school technology allows us to use interactive websites, thus the students are active in the learning of the Irish language. Our Irish department has much to offer:

  • Transition year students have progressed immensely this year through the use of the interactive website
  • We have a Ciorcal Cainte every Wednesday at lunch time for those students who wish to practice their oral Irish.
  • We have excellent links with Gaeltacht schools. Please take a brochure from the Irish noticeboard for more information.
  • Each year our higher level Leaving Cert students go to the Irish play An Triail in the Axis theatre in Ballymun. This was thoroughly enjoyed this year.
  • A selection of Irish language novels, poetry collections and reference books are available in the library.
  • Newspapers in Irish are available in the library also.
  • Our students get involved in ‘sport agus spraoi’ during Seachtain na Gaeilge, including plenty of competitions, games, a Tráth na gCeist and of course a Céilí!
  • Comhgairdeas do gach dalta who took part in the comhrá 14! A huge achievement and a great enjoyable event!

Important upcoming events

There will be a trip to the Gaeltacht, Coláiste na nOileán for first and second years the 9th, 10th and 11th of May 2016 for those who would like to avail of the opportunity to improve their Irish and have fun doing so.

Every year, except third years will be examined by an external examiner in their Irish oral. It is hoped that Sixth years will be examined twice before the State Exam in April.