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To develop the ability to use the Irish language for purposes of practical communication.

To increase the pupils’ sensitivity to the sounds and rhythm of Irish so that they can listen to and interpret other Irish speakers.

To develop the ability of the pupils to read and understand a variety of texts in Irish for enjoyment and learning.

To promote confidence and ability to give instructions, state facts and express their opinions in written Irish.

To develop a sound knowledge of the structures of Irish.

To encourage positive attitudes to Irish and foster a love of and enthusiasm for the language, which will remain throughout life.

To promote Irish as a living language.

To foster links with other Irish speakers and promote contact with Irish language organisations.

To develop an awareness of the Gaeltacht areas of Ireland and encourage educational visits there.

To provide a series of progressive short-term targets and to reward success as it is achieved thereby enhancing motivation.

To promote, as a minimum aim, that each pupil on completing Keystage 3 should be able to sustain a natural conversation meriting the attainment of a silver fáinne.

To offer insights into and encourage an appreciation of Irish Culture and Literature.

To promote the learning of Irish as an enjoyable experience.

To encourage and facilitate the use of Irish as much as possible.

To remain open to the possibilities of co-operating with other subjects and departments in the curriculum where this is for the benefit of the promotion of Irish Language and Culture.

To prepare pupils to continue with their studies of Irish or use it in the workplace.

To make pupils aware of the importance of language with regards to future career choices.




  • Basic Greetings
  • Use of Numbers
  • Myself and Others
  • School Life
  • My House and Area
  • Health
  • Pastimes and Interests
  • Holidays and Travel
  • Daily Routine
  • Shopping and Food



Context 1:

• Myself, my family, relationships and choices

(for example family and friends)

• Social media and new technology (for example online

communications, computers, tablets and smartphones)

• Free time, leisure and daily routine (for example sports,

hobbies, cinema, TV, music, dance, fashion, eating out,

shopping, at home, at school and at the weekend)

• Culture, customs, festivals and celebrations (for

example Easter, Christmas, birthdays, cultural activities

and events, national holidays, celebrations and cuisine)

Context 2:

• My local area and the wider environment (for example

home, neighbourhood, town or city, places to visit,

region and country)

• Community involvement (for example charity and

voluntary work)

• Social and global issues (for example health, lifestyle,

anti-social behaviour, caring for others and caring for

the environment)

• Travel and tourism (for example holidays, destinations,

transport, tourist information, weather, directions,

accommodation, activities, shopping and eating out)

Context 3:

• My studies and school life (for example school subjects,

uniform, timetable, rules and regulations)

• Extra-curricular activities (for example clubs, societies,

events, trips and visits)

• Part-time jobs and money management (for example

evening work, weekend work and work experience)

• Future plans and career (for example post-16

education, further studies, employment, aspirations

and choices)



AS level


Students have the opportunity to understand and explore these topics/issues in


• different family structures;

• roles, responsibilities and relationships within families;

• challenges for families;

• intergenerational issues; and

• influences on young people, for example peers, family and friends.

Culture and Lifestyle

Students have the opportunity to understand and explore these topics/issues in


• physical well-being, for example diet or exercise;

• risk-taking behaviour, for example smoking, alcohol and drugs or extreme sports;

• dealing with stress and challenges, for example school or examinations;

• hobbies and interests, for example sport or music;

• the arts, film, fashion and design;

• social media and new technology; and

• holidays, festivals and tourism.


Young People and Society

Students have the opportunity to understand and explore these topics/issues in


• part-time jobs;

• education and employment;

• career planning – aspirations and/or intentions;

• young people and democracy;

• European citizenship – advantages, disadvantages and opportunities; and

• societal attitudes and young people.

Our Place in a Changing World

Students have the opportunity to understand and explore these topics/issues in


• equality/inequality and discrimination/prejudice;

• poverty at home and abroad – causes, consequences and measures to combat it;

• immigration and emigration – causes, benefits and related issues;

• multicultural society and cultural identity – benefits and challenges;

• causes, consequences and resolution of conflict; and

• sustainable living and environmental issues.


The Irish Department works closely