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Aims of The Department

  1. To develop the ability to use languages effectively for purposes for practical communication

  2. To form a sound base of the skills, language and attitudes required for further study, work and leisure.

  3. To introduce pupils to other cultures and civilisations.

  4. To develop an awareness of the nature of language and language learning.

  5. To provide enjoyment and intellectual stimulation.

  6. To encourage positive attitudes to language learning and to the speakers of other languages and a sympathetic approach to other cultures and civilisations.

  7. To promote skills of a more general application to all learning processes, for example analysis, memorising and the drawing of inferences.

  8. To help all pupils secure a pass grade at GCSE, AS and A Level.



Joanne Kyle

Subject Teachers

Conor Mullin

Kevin Dobbins

Language Assistant

Colmán Mac an Chrosain

Key Stage 4

Pupils who opt for Irish at this level complete CCEA GCSE.

  • Through studying this specification, students:

  • develop an understanding of written and spoken Irish in a variety of contexts;

  • develop the ability to communicate effectively in written and spoken Irish, using a variety of vocabulary, syntax and structures;

  • develop knowledge of the language and language-learning skills;

  • recognise that their linguistic knowledge, understanding and skills help them to take their place in a multilingual global society; and

  • derive enjoyment from language learning.

  • The course provides a sound base for further study of Irish at a more advanced level. It also helps students make informed decisions about further learning opportunities and career choices.

Key Stage 5

Pupils complete CCEA AS and A2 exams.

  • Our revised GCE Irish specification aims to enable students to:

  • develop their interest in and understanding of the language;

  • communicate with speakers of Irish; and

  • acquire knowledge and skills that will help them progress to further study and/or employment.

  • Language learning can open up a world of opportunities to students. The revised GCE specification will help students avail of these opportunities and take their place in a multilingual, global society.


In the past three of our students received an award for being the top GCSE Irish candidate in Northern Ireland

We consistently achieve a 90% + pass rate (A* - C) at GCSE and A level

Extra Curricular

  • An Cumann Gaelach

  • Participation in Gael-Linn Quizzes

  • Silver Fáinne oral competition

  • Gold Fáinne Oral Competition

  • Annual attendance at An Ghaeltacht

  • Participation in Local events to celebrate Irish Language such as Flan nó Brian celebration, events in the Library and in the Alley Theatre

  • Visits to local Gaelscoil to read to pupils during book week

Overview of Curriculum at KS 3: IRISH

​Term 1 - Year 8

1) Introduction to Language learning

  • Greetings

  • Introducing yourself

  • Verbs

  • Linking words

  • Questions

  • Signs

  • Classroom rules

  • School

2) Numbers and the time

  • Questions associated with the time, i.e. what time does school start?

  • Verbs for times

  • Managing ‘Fadas’

3) Myself

  • Name and surname

  • Where you live/places

  • School

  • Likes and dislikes

  • Giving opinions

  • Grammatical changes masculine and feminine

Term 1 - Year 9

1) Revision of year 8

  • The time

  • Myself

  • Family

  • Other people

  • The classroom

  • Days, months, seasons

2) The weather

  • Simple weather words

  • Weather phrases

  • Quantitives

  • Time indicators

  • Time spans

  • Tenses it is, it was, it will be

3) My house

  • Types of houses

  • Areas to live

  • Rooms

  • Furniture

  • Adjectives

  • Grammar: eclipsing

  • Counting objects

Term 2 - Year 8

4) The Family

  • Vocabulary for family members

  • Grammatical structure for ‘I have, she has, he has

  • Personal numbers

  • Pets

  • Grammatical changes for a boy and a girl

5) Describing people

  • Colours

  • Describing appearance

  • Describing personality

  • Describing hair and eye colour

  • Grammatical changes for a girl or a boy

​Term 1 - Year 10

1) Revision of years 8 and 9

  • Aspiration and eclipsing

  • Counting objects

  • Grammatical changes for girl/boy/self

  • Verbs, regular and irregular

2) The present tense

  • Verb groups

  • Broad and slender verbs

  • First group, broad and slender

  • Second group, broad and slender

  • Third group broad and slender

  • Rules for questions and negative forms

  • Irregular verbs

3) School

  • Types of schools

  • People in school

  • School routine

  • After school activities

  • Places in school

  • School uniform

  • School rules

  • verbs in past and present tenses

  • pronouns

  • link words and time indicators

​Term 2 - Year 9

4) The past Tense

  • Past tense positive, negative and question forms

  • Irregular verbs, positive, negative and question forms

5) Daily Routine

  • Verbs to get through the day

  • Irregular verbs

  • Additional vocabulary, food, activities etc.

  • Pronouns

  • Link words

  • Time indicators

​Term 2 - Year 10

4) Food and Meals

  • The food pyramid

  • Food groups

  • Supermarket food

  • Fast food

  • Drinks

  • Amounts

  • People

  • Phrases for use in the house and in a restaurant

  • Healthy eating

  • I am hungry/I am thirsty

  • Past and present tenses

  • Link words, time indicators and connectives

5) Health and the Body

  • Structures for ‘I have an illness, I had an illness’

  • Parts of the body

  • Illnesses

  • Emotions

  • Medical personnel and phrases

  • Verbs related to medical situations

  • Prepositional pronoun ‘Ar’

  • Pronouns, link words and time indicators

Term 3 - Year 8

6) The Classroom

  • Classroom objects

  • Verbs and orders

  • Prepositions

  • Classroom phrases

  • Grammar rules about aspiration

  • Letters you cannot aspirate

7) Days, months and seasons

  • Days of week

  • Months of year

  • Seasons

  • The verb form ‘Bíonn’

  • How to say ‘on Monday, on Tuesday etc.

  • How to say ‘in January etc.

​Term 3 - Year 9

6) Hobbies

  • Vocabulary for various hobbies

  • Phrases expressing likes/dislikes/preferences

  • Past tense verbs

  • Some present tense verbs

  • Link words and time indicators

  • Verbal nouns

7) School

  • Types of school

  • People in school

  • School routine

  • After school activities

  • Places in school

  • Verbs to get through the school day

  • Pronouns

  • Link words an time indicators

​Term 3 - Year 10

6) The future tense

  • Verb groups

  • Broad and slender verbs

  • First group, broad and slender

  • Second group, broad and slender

  • Third group broad and slender

  • Rules for questions and negative forms

  • Irregular verbs

  • Mixing the tenses

7) Holidays

  • Countries

  • Accommodation

  • Means of transport

  • Duration of holidays

  • Things to do

  • Weather

  • Tenses

  • Relevant phrases

  • Link words, time indicators and connectives


8) Occupations

  • Various occupations in various areas of work

  • Work places

  • Qualification

  • Skills

  • Past, present and future tenses

  • Phrases

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