First Gaelscoil begins new term

It was a 'thumbs up' from these pupils at the new Gaelscoil Eoghain Irish Language Primary School, which opened its doors in Cookstown last week.INmm3712-105ar.
It was a 'thumbs up' from these pupils at the new Gaelscoil Eoghain Irish Language Primary School, which opened its doors in Cookstown last week.INmm3712-105ar.

PUPILS were delighted to spend their first days at their new school in Cookstown this week - as Gaelscoil Eoghain opened its doors for its first school term.

The school, on the site of the former Phoenix Integrated Primary School, opened this month, three years after the Naiscoil - an Irish language nursery - came to the town.

Since then the Naiscoil has gone from strength to strength, and paved the way for the Rang a hAon (Primary One) class to continue their education in Irish.

Pupils were said to be excited to begin their new term close to where they had received their nursery education.

Speaking to the Mail about the school previously Board Chairman Niall Devlin said the school had been hoping to build on the success of the nursery.

“This is an excellent opportunity for parents to give their children an additional skill and it is great to see the parents of the Cookstown area embrace this.”

A growing awareness of Irish medium education in Northern Ireland, coupled with the school’s excellent teaching reputation are two factors said to have contributed to its growing numbers.

And just last week parents, friends and other family members of those attending the school, as well as local councillors and Irish language enthusiasts, attende the Gaelscoil’s launch night in the Glenavon House Hotel.

For further information on the school contact Emma on 07751119595 or email gaelscoileoghain@yahoo.ie.