Irish language schools approach the 1,000-pupil mark

The number of pupils attending Irish-language secondary schools in Northern Ireland is close to breaking through the 1,000 barrier for the first time.

Comhairle na Gaelscolaíochta, the council for Irish-medium education in the North, says it is delighted by the rapid growth of the sector.

While there has been a steady increase in primary for many years, only now is the secondary sector starting to gather pace.

Gaelcholáiste Dhoire in Dungiven Co Derry opened in September 2015 as only the North’s second free-standing Irish post-primary, after Belfast’s established Coláiste Feirste.

There are also successful Irish units or streams attached to schools in other sectors in Counties Down and Armagh.

Comhairle na Gaelscolaíochta says the total enrolment in post-primary settings is now nearly double the figure 10 years ago, and approaching 1,000.

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