Historic opening of town’s first Irish speaking secondary - Coláiste Lú

Historic opening of town’s first Irish speaking secondary - Coláiste Lú
There was tremendous excitement in Coláiste Lú on Tuesday as the new Gaelcholáiste’s first ever students took the historic step across the threshold on their first day.

There was tremendous excitement in Coláiste Lú on Tuesday as the new Gaelcholáiste’s first ever students took the historic step across the threshold on their first day.

The pioneering students and their parents and guardians were warmly welcomed by the excited staff led by Stiúrthóir Deirdre Uí Liatháin, Ceann Bliana Maria Nic Eochaidh and Ceann Bliana Mícheál Ó Caoilte. “We are delighted to welcome our first group of students on this momentous occasion. We have been working towards this day for a long time and now we are looking forward to setting off on a new journey together as a school community” said Bn. Uí Liatháin. “There’s a great sense of positivity and opportunity among the teachers as we look forward to a bright future for these students in Coláiste Lú,” In. Nic Eochaidh added.

Students were at the centre of the first day at Coláiste Lú, where the motto ‘Cúram, Forbairt, Feabhas’ focuses on caring and complete student development.

Fabulous music provided by múinteoir ceoil Rachel Ní Chonnan filled the school’s entrance hall as new friendships began and parents and guardians looked proudly on enjoying their refreshments.

The proud students cut a cake commemorating their ‘céad lá’ in Coláiste Lú and shared the cake among all present in celebration.

Students were then invited to fill a time capsule with notes to themselves, notes that will not be re-opened until the founding students graduate at the end of their time in Coláiste Lú.

A few words from Stiúrthóir Deirdre Uí Liatháin, Mr. Peter Kierans CEO of Louth Meath Education and Training Board and Cllr. Liam Reilly Chairperson of Louth Meath Education and Training Board marked the significance of Coláiste Lú’s first day both for its founding first year students and for education in the North-East.

Coláiste Lú is the first school in counties Louth and Meath to provide a complete second level education through the medium of Irish.

Students will also avail of the latest educational technologies in Coláiste Lú as each student will be issued with an iPad.

Before bidding farewell to their parents and guardians to further explore the prospect of new subjects, classrooms and comrades the students posed with heads held high for Coláiste Lú’s inaugural student photograph, marking the first of many school days to come.