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Irish-Medium Education Celebration

 

Special guests, members of staff and students who have completed the PGCE/TICO for Irish-medium primary education

 

Special guests, members of staff and students who have completed
the PGCE/TICO for Irish-medium primary education

 

St Mary’s University College on the Falls Road was the scene of celebration for Irish-medium education recently. The occasion was the annual presentation of certificates to the students who have successfully completed programmes of initial teacher education (ITE) for the Irish-medium school sector. St Mary’s is the leading provider on the island of Ireland of teacher education and learning materials for this dynamic and growing sector. The College provides ITE for both primary and post-primary schools, as well as in-service courses for teachers and classroom assistants. In addition, its Áisaonad researches and produces learning materials for schools with the support of Foras Na Gaeilge. Over a period of just twenty years or so, St Mary’s has invested heavily in Irish-medium education and is now a key provider for the sector.

 

Ciarán Ó Dochartaigh, TICO (primary) who received the award in recognition of his contribution to ‘Community’, Corn Phobail Feirste 2014, from the College Principal, Professor Peter Finn

 

Ciarán Ó Dochartaigh, TICO (primary) who received the award in recognition of his contribution to
‘Community’, Corn Phobail Feirste 2014, from the College Principal, Professor Peter Finn

 

At the award of certificates, there were a number of special guests, as well as the students, their families and friends and members of staff. It was a very family-friendly occasion and reflective of the ethos and identity of St Mary’s. The College was particularly pleased to welcome Bishop Anthony Farquhar, who presented Certificates of Religious Education at a special Mass, as well as guest speaker, Mrs Maighréad Uí Mháirtín and the Chief Executive of Comhairle na Gaelscolaíochta, Dr Micheál Ó Duibh.

In the vein of shared education, the programme of ITE for post-primary designated students is a joint partnership of St Mary’s, Queen’s University and the University of Ulster.

 

Special guests, members of staff and students who have completed the PGCE/TICO for Irish-medium post-primary education, a joint programme of St Mary’s, Queen’s and University of Ulster.

 

Special guests, members of staff and students who have completed the PGCE/TICO for Irish-medium
post-primary education, a joint programme of St Mary’s, Queen’s and University of Ulster.

 

Mrs Uí Mháirtín spoke of the need for newly qualified teachers (NQTs) to hold on to the vision of really excellent practice in schools, both in terms of promoting the Irish language and in terms of ensuring equality of opportunity in the education system. She drew upon her extensive knowledge of Irish literature to inspire the NQTs to grasp the baton of working to develop Irish-medium education even further.