CELTIC MEDIA FESTIVAL
4 - 6 JUNE
This is a special commemorative programme which celebrates Irish-medium education, the revolutionary mind set in Ireland and especially, the life of Louise Gavan Duffy. Louise Gavan Duffy co-founded Scoil Bhríde, an all-Irish school, in 1917 along with Anne McHugh (who married the politician Ernest Blythe). This was the first school in Ireland, outside of the Gaeltacht, which succeeded in bringing in a system of total immersion (every subject taught through the medium of Irish and all communication between the school team and the pupils through the Irish language too) and it was the example for the many all-Irish schools which were set up since. One hundred years later, Louise Gavan Duffy’s legacy is flourishing and there are now more than 55,000 pupils attending all-Irish primary schools. To celebrate the centenary of the first Gaelscoil (all-Irish school) Róisín Ní Chéileachair, presenter and producer of the programme, examines the history and influence of the school and the life of its co-founder.