Eolais do thuismitheoirí

Turas thart timpeall na scoile

Nasc chuig turas thart timpeall na scoile do dhaltaí Naíonáin Bheaga.

Link to Junior infant introduction to the school

Gaelscoil an Eiscir Riada.mp4

Gaelscoil an Eiscir Riada is an Irish medium school located in Tullamore, Co. Offaly. We cater for children both boys and girls in a co-ed setting from Junior Infants to Sixth Class. The school was opened in September 1993. It has grown over the years. It currently has 205 pupils, eight class teachers and two special education teachers on staff. The school building was built in 2003. We have a modern and welcoming atmosphere with an emphasis on a balanced, well-rounded education through the medium of Irish/Gaeilge. Our student population comprises all cultural, social and religious backgrounds, Gaelscoil an Eiscir Riada is a Catholic Gaelscoil under the patronage of the Bishop of Meath. As you consider a school placement for your child the aim of this information sheet is to provide information that we hope will be of assistance to you. We are always available to talk to you, answer any questions you may have and give you a tour of the school if you so wish.

School Day

School Starts at: 9.20am

Finish Time for Infant classes: 2.00pm

Finsih Time for all other classes: 3.00pm

Seo físeán a dhear Rang 6 2020/21 faoin ár scoil.

Here is another video created by Rang 6 2020/2021 about our school.

What exactly is an Irish-medium school? How does it work?

An Irish-medium school or 'Gaelscoil' is a school carrying out all affairs of daily life through the medium of Irish; classes are taught as Gaeilge, staff converse as Gaeilge and the pupils' ability to communicate completely as Gaeilge both inside and outside the school gates is fostered, encouraged and reinforced from when they start in the school. Don’t worry if you do not have Irish yourself, over 90% of parents who send their children to Gaelscoileanna have little or no Gaeilge, so this is perfectly normal!

Why should I send my child to a Gaelscoil?

Research has proven immersion education benefits the development of the English Language as well as the Irish language. Children in Irish-medium schools achieve higher results in English and Maths due to their having higher general language skills. Your child might even benefit from the few extra points available for sitting the Junior and Leaving Certificate exams through Irish. It also fosters a proficiency in the national language of the country, which is a full working language of the European Union. Bilingual education offers linguistic, educational, social, cultural and personal development benefits for children.

How inclusive is Gaelscoil an Eiscir Riada?

We have students enrolled from all cultural, social, religious backgrounds and of varying abilities in the school. It is run in the same manner, with the same resources and funding from the Department of Education, as an English-Speaking school. All students are welcome and our student population have attended both English medium preschool and Irish medium preschools.

How do I enroll my child in Gaelscoil an Eiscir Riada?

You can register your interest in enrolling your child in the school at any time by contacting Donna Ní Mháirtín, school principal, at 0579352058 or by email at oifig@eriada.ie to register your interest in enrolling your child. The formal enrolment process starts in October before your child is due to start school. If you have registered your interest you will automatically be sent an enrolment form in the January before your child starts school. If you have not registered your interest before January, there may still be places available and you should contact Donna to discuss the matter.

I would like to learn Irish myself to help support my child's learning, how do I go about that?

There are several resources available for parents who are eager to learn the language, this will definitely benefit the child's learning and can help foster an Irish-Speaking environment outside of the school gates. Tullamore Library hold an Irish language conversations each Tuesday in the library at 6.45pm, they will also help you with language books and interactive language aids. Gael Linn, Gaelchultúr, Conradh na Gaeilge, Third-level institutions, Local Education Centres, Oideas Gael, Ranganna.com also offer Irish classes and aids for those interested.

For more information on Gaelscoil an Eiscir Riada or on enrolment:

Contact the principal Donna Ní Mháirtín at (057) 9352058

email oifig@eriada.ie