Aonad Gaeilge

Aonad Gaeilge

The College is currently in the process of developing an Irish Language Aonad in conjunction with St Brigid’s Secondary- our immediate neighbours. The aim of the Aonad is to create a co-educational Irish education opportunity in Killarney. An interest in and a commitment to the Irish language is the key prerequisite to application.

The Aonad will offer this medium in seven subject areas in Junior Cycle. In other subject areas the medium of English will be the means of instruction.

The Aonad began as a desire to offer an Irish medium engagement with education at second level. Following a recent visit to the IMU system in Northern Ireland, we propose the structuring of a Junior Cycle with a 60-75% immersion approach. This has the advantage of allowing both schools deliver to their strengths, grow organically and enhance the experience of subjects through the medium of Irish.  This takes account of the bilingualism essential for access to third level by reintegrating students to the mainstream system at senior cycle and yet gives a considerable advantage to the quality of Irish fluency in each student. It also allows staff to grow their capacity in the language.


To offer an opportunity for students to experience Junior Cycle second-level education in an Irish Medium setting.

At this time St Brigid’s and St Brendan’s can offer the following subjects through the medium of Gaeilge

  • Gaeilge
  • English
  • Maths
  • RE
  • Science
  • German
  • French
  • Spanish
  • Woodwork
  • Business
  • TG

The following subjects will be delivered through the medium of English

  • Art
  • Home Economics
  • Geography
  • History
  • P. E.

The students will be expected to converse in Irish during class interactions. The students will be expected to interact with the Aonad teachers through the medium of Irish

The male students will be considered students of St Brendan’s while the female students will be considered members of St Brigid’s. They will of course have a unique identity element in that they will operate in both campuses and will be coeducationally organised. Nevertheless they will access the full range of co-curricular and extracurricular opportunities in tandem with their peers in the parent schools through the medium of English.


The students will operate as a co-ed unit in first year. In second year as students make optional choices their option subjects may be delivered through the English medium as these options will be integrated into the parent school.

In first year students will receive a diverse taster programme. 12 subjects will be delivered through the medium of Irish with the remaining subjects delivered through English

Mindful of the new Junior Cycle it is our intention to offer ten subjects in the Aonad- (9 long and 2 short courses)

The following subjects-delivered through the medium of Irish will be Core-

  • Irish
  • English
  • Maths
  • Science
  • Religion

Students will then select from two option lines offered only through the medium of Irish- critical to the success of this will be the willingness of the DES to offer us some little allocation support to allow relatively small options to run here or else we limit to two options on each line or else we create a third option line as Gaeilge and one mainstream English medium option

  • Music or Woodwork(TG) or Business
  • French or German or Spanish

Students will then select from the two option lines in the mainstream parent school setting setting- selecting from Business, Art, TG, Home Economics, Geography, History
Short Course will be available in PE(English) CSPE-SPHE (through Gaeilge) etc. Following Junior Cycle students revert to the second level Leaving Certificate mainstream English medium options in St Brendan’s and St Brigid’s


Male students will wear the St Brendan’s uniform without modification.  Likewise St Brigid’s students will  wear the St Brigid’s uniform.

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