Castlerea students fly the flag for the Irish language

Students from Castlerea Community School were presented with a Gaelbhratach (Irish flag) at a ceremony in Mary Immaculate College, Limerick, last week. During the year, the committee carried out a project to put Irish art around the school to enrich the environment both aesthetically and linguistically.

Castlerea Community School joined the Gaelbhratach Scheme in 2023, and this is their first time achieving the flag. The scheme has gone from strength to strength in the school with close to forty members now on the Gaelbhratach committee.

Run by Gael Linn, ‘Gaelbhratach’ is a national initiative that encourages primary and secondary students to speak Irish outside of the formal classroom setting. Students from Roscommon attended the ceremony which marked the 10th year of the scheme in post-primary schools.

As part of the ceremony, 67 flags were awarded to post-primary schools from all over Ireland – the highest number of recipients in any one year. Flags were awarded in recognition of their efforts to inspire and empower their school communities to speak Irish.