Thursday, 19 June 2008

Irish medium schools in Lisnaskea, Fermanagh

Leah Greene a pupil at the Lisnaskea Bun Scoil had a very important person to play with at school on tuesday when the Education Minister Caitriona Ruane was in to officially opeher school. Education Minister, Caitríona Ruane, yesterday opened the latest Irish medium school, Bunscoil an Traonaigh in Lisnaskea.

The school opened in 2004 and was located initially in the grounds of Lisnaskea Emmets GAA grounds on the Derrylin Road. It then moved to its permanent site at Drumbrughas North, at the Maguiresbridge end of the town in 2007. The current enrolment is 27.Bunscoil an Traonaigh and the local Naiscoil an Traonaigh (nursery) are unique in that they are the only Irish medium primary and nursery schools in Fermanagh. The Minister shared a platform with Sean Ó Loinsigh, the chairman of the Board of Governors, Peter Quinn who was there as a special guest, and Pilib Ó Runaí from Iontaobhas na Gaelscolaíochta. The event was marked with the planting of a commemorative tree, the unveiling of a plaque and a formal presentation of gifts by the pupils.

Welcoming the school to its new site, the Education Minister told the attendance that it was a pleasure to see the Irish language growing in the Fermanagh area, and she congratulated everyone at Bunscoil an Traonaigh for their hard work and dedication in realising that their school could be a success and give parents in the area the option of an Irish medium education for their children.

She went on: "As Minister for Education, I believe in equality and that every child has the right to a quality education."I have a duty and a responsibility to encourage and facilitate Irish medium education and give parents the option of educating their children through the Irish language. "I understand that many parents who send their children to Irish speaking schools may not speak the language themselves', she stated, "but this has been demonstrated to have no impact on a child's learning. "In fact, I myself would view it as an opportunity for parents to share the experience with their child and learn Irish alongside them. "The ability to speak another language can open up a world of new experiences, literature and culture."
(story from the Fermanagh Herald, on line edition)

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