Naiscoil Shliabh gCuilinn opened in The Pastoral Centre, Jonesborough in December 2008. With funding received from Comhairle na Gaelscolaiochta and support from Iontabhas na Gaelscolaiochta, Naiscoil became a reality.
Leader – Mairead O’Rourke
Deputy Leader – Gillian Casey
Assistants – Orla McNally / Anita Lavelle
All staff are qualified, trained and vetted to ensure a high standard of care and learning.
Naiscoil Shliabh gCuilinn currently employs 3 staff to deliver a session from 9am to 12:00pm each day. Staff have been offered many training opportunities to develop their skills in pre-school education and also attend Irish Language training on an ongoing basis. The 121 support from Altram has also helped the Naiscoil to deliver a good quality education and service in a strong learning environment.
Pre-school Education Grants (PEAGs)
Local fundraising events
Iontabhas na Gaelscolaoichta
Aim of Naiscoil Shliabh gCuilinn
To provide a first class pre-school education
To deliver a high standard of pastoral care for every child
To adhere to Education Authority standards and guidelines
To promote the Irish Language locally
To provide staff with training and development opportunities
To provide a platform for Irish Language development in the local community
To raise the profile of the Irish language in local primary schools
Community Pre-School Provision Promoting the Irish Language
People in the local community now consider this to be an important and central part of the local education system. Feedback from parents has been positive and the standard of Irish taught is growing year on year. Children are leaving Naiscoil with a good basic level of Irish and it instils the initial interest in the language and culture for the children and their families.
The committee and the staff of are very proud to be offering this service in the South Armagh area and work closely with other Naiscoileanna. There is an excellent support network from others in the sector and this contact has been invaluable over the years. We have had ongoing contact with the Naiscoil and Bunscoil in Newry and with work closely with Jonesborough and Dromintee Primary schools.
Delivering Quality Pre-School Education
The Naiscoil committee and staff are delighted to report that following an inspection by the Department of Education in November 2013 the standard of education and learning has been deemed very good based on this external examination of all work carried out to date.
Chairperson: Eoin Banahan
Vice-Chair: Marcel Cunningham
Treasurer: Marian O’Rourke
Secretary: Marie McCoy
Fund-raising Officer: Ainé Smyth
Acknowledgement of Support
The Naiscoil committee would like to thank the various people and organisations who assisted in the early years of development. This includes the following:
Caítlin Conlon, Altram, Irish-medium sector support worker
Micí Walsh, Irish Language Officer, Newry and Mourne District Council
Antoin O Muireagain, Comhairle na Gaelscolaioctha
Mr Keenan and staff, Jonesborough Primary School
Mrs McKeown and staff, Dromintee Primary School
The Pastoral Centre Committee
Funtime Afterschool staff
Naiscoileanna – An Chreagain, Camlocha, an Iuir
Bunscoil an Iuir
Parents past and present