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Benefits of All-Irish Education

This article outlines some of the advantages of Irish-medium education.


When raised through the medium of Irish, valuable advantages can be seen in the fields of:

  • The speed at which writing and reading is learned
  • The ability to comprehend and learn more complex languages
  • The development of communication and social skills
  • Future employability and willingness to learn
  • Creative thinking development
  • Being central to the modern revival of the Irish language
  • Economic and socio-economic success

There are many reasons parents chose Irish-medium schools for their children, including the following:

  • It’s very important to them that their children can speak Irish well
  • They see that it gives their children and insight into their own culture and other cultures
  • It instils pride in their children in their culture, their language and in themselves
  • It gives their children competencies in speaking, writing and reading in two languages, with all the associated benefits of bilingualism
  • They receive an excellent standard of education
  • Contributes to the development of their children’s self-confidence and identity

According to research on bilingual education published by An Foras Pátrúnachta, the following are some of the benefits to students:

  • Higher academic performance (Gallagher & Hanna, 2002).
  • A greater ability to learn a third and fourth language (Cenoz & Valencia 1994).
  • Understanding and openness towards other cultures (Gallagher & Hanna, 2002).
  • An improvement in cognitive functioning in creativeness and communication (Bialystok et al. 2005).
  • Higher grades in English and in Mathematics (Ionad Taighde Oideachais, 2011)
  • A higher awareness of identity, culture and understanding of community (Baker, 2003)
  • An increase in self-confidence (Baker, 2003)
  • Improved communication and social skills (Cummins, 2000)

Visit Gaeloideachas for  more information on the advantages of Irish-medium education. 

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Date updated: September 2023