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St.Patrick's High School Keady

Roinn na Gaeilge

Fáilte go Roinn na Gaeilge!

Department slogan: ‘Irish: Growing your roots!’

‘Irish is rooted in our heritage. It belongs to us and gives us a sense of belonging. In our department, seeds of ‘Gaeilge’ are sewn, nurtured and grown. We help students cultivate and appreciate their Irishness’

Members of the Department
Mrs M Heaney (H0D)
Mrs Á O’Connor
Miss C Donnelly
Mr Cormac Carmichael [ Irish assistant ]

Our Departmental Vision

  • To promote the study of Irish within the school community.
  • To give each pupil an appreciation and a passion for the Irish language.
  • To provide exciting, engaging and stimulating lessons which will be tailored to meet the needs of all learners and allow each of them to achieve their potential.
  • To provide a firm basis in the language for those who wish to pursue this subject at third level education.
  • To help pupils to develop an understanding of Irish in a variety of contexts and for practical use.
  • To develop an awareness and understanding of Irish speaking communities such as the Gaeltacht.

Curriculum KS3 {Years 8, 9 & 10}

The focus in the department is on spoken Irish and pupil enjoyment of the language.

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Also make use of the school VLE

The VLE provides excellent opportunities for new pupils to become acquainted with the Irish language. It provides great opportunities for pupils to become more familiar and comfortable with the language. It is an ideal way of improving pronunciation and practising all language skills. All year 8 topics are covered individually. It is an excellent learning resource for pupils of all ability. It helps less able pupils and at the same times challenges the gifted and talented. There are several exercises for pupils to complete. The VLE is also an ideal way of catching up if you have missed school.

Listen to what some Year 8 pupils thought about it.

Video recording of Year 8 pupils

  • Pupils are required to work independently as well engaging in pair and group work to develop listening, speaking, reading and writing skills.
  • Peer and self-evaluation are an integral part of the learning process in the classroom.
  • Creativity is also very much encouraged
  • Pupils are actively encouraged to speak Irish both inside and outside the classroom.


Gaeltacht visits and bursaries

Each year a number of pupils visit the Gaeltacht, Machaire Rabhartaigh and Loch an Iúir being the popular ones.

In 2015 the following pupils applied for and were successfully rewarded with Gaeltacht bursaries0

Leah Gray [1024] and Aisling O’Hare [1024]                    

Ciar Hawes [1115] and Róisín Doyle [Year 1134]

Follow the links to find out more about KS3 Irish.


What your child will be learning in Year 8

What your child will be learning in Year 9

What your child will be learning in Year 10


KS3 home work

At KS3 [Year 8–10] all pupils currently study Irish for two periods weekly.

High quality homeworks are a key feature and a strength within the department and are continuously celebrated through tangible rewards for pupils and through regular display both inside and outside the classroom.

When pupils receive 3 consecutive reward stickers they are awarded special Irish certificates and then nominated as Learning Champions.

Home works are specifically designed in such a way as to really develop pupils’ TS&PC [Thinking Skills and Personal Capabilities].


Careers with Irish

The link below will give you information about careers with Irish

Irish language workshops

Each year, Year 10 pupils are given careers guidance regarding Irish. Last year a ‘Cairde Teo’ representative, Seán Ó Maoláin provided this guidance. Pupils found his visit extremely informative. Read the feedback given by some pupils

This year Dean Sloan who works for ‘Líofa’ was invited in and he provided Irish language workshops for our year 10 classes. Again pupils found these very beneficial.

GCSE Irish

Examination Results [2014 - 2015] - 100% A*- C

Approximate number of pupils – 40 [2015 - 2016]

Examination board- CCEA

Students complete 60% of their exams over a two year period – this entails two controlled speaking and two controlled written assessments each worth 15%.

The remainder of the exam is completed at the end of two years and involves both reading and listening assessments which can be sat at foundation or higher tier. These comprise 40% of the overall GCSE exam. Check out the web address below for futher details.

* We offer a Twilight GCSE option for KS3 pupils from an Irish medium background. These pupils complete the exam at the end of one year.

This option has proven to be very popular and successful over the last few years since it was introduced.


GCE Irish

Examination Results [2014 - 2015] - 100% A – C

GCE AS level – 2 pupils – [2015 - 2016]

GCE A2 level – 5 pupils – [2015 - 2016]

Examination board- CCEA

Every year pupils have the opportunity to study Irish at GCE level – AS & A2.

Our Irish assistant prepares the pupils with the speaking element of the exam.

The specification

The revised GCE Irish specification is made up of two parts: AS and A2. Students may take the AS as a ‘stand alone’ qualification without progression to A2. However, to gain the full GCE, students need to complete both the AS and the A2 courses.

The specification presents students with five broad contexts for learning. Visit the website below for further information.

Extra curricular activities

  • Year 8 pupils can attend the Irish lunch club.
  • Year 9 pupils have the opportunity to achieve a ‘Cúpla focal’ badge by attending the Year 9 club.Video recording of a pupil from 932 showing off what she learned at the club in Year 9
  • Year 10 pupils can obtain a silver fáinne by attending the silver fáinne club and completing an oral exam.


Year 10 pupils with their silver fáinnes which were awarded at the annual KS3 prize giving ceremony in June 2015. They are as follows;

Shea Cartmill -1003

Paul Fletcher – 1004

Lorcan Ó Braonáin -1004

Ethan McSkeane – 1018

Conor Gray – 1018

Eoghan McArdle – 1024

Daire Murphy – 1024

Jane Gray – 1024

Shea Moore – 1045

Aisling O’Hare – 1024

Lauren Dynes – 1024

Sinead Vallely - 1024

Fun events are organised every year during ‘Seachtain na Gaeilge’ such as a céilí, an Irish table quiz and a St.Patrick’s day card competition.

         Follow the link for photos of 2015 winners of card competition

  • Our department contributed to the Keady Community festival a few years ago by providing a fun Irish language workshop for local children and also a poster competition.
  • Follow the link for related photographs