September 1984 - Derry Irish language school a rip-roaring success

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A scheme introduced in Derry a year ago to teach primary school children through the medium of the Irish language, has been so successful the number of pupils taking part will nearly double when the new school term opens this week.

The project, at Steelstown Primary School, was the first of the kind in Northern Ireland to receive the backing of the Department of Education.

Last year, 25 children of primary one, two and three age took part, and a second teacher has now been appointed in anticipation of a further intake of 20 pupils in the year ahead.

In addition, a nursery school has been formed by the parents who initiated the scheme and children from it will form the basis of a 1985 intake at Steelstown, according to the school’s principal, Mr James Quinn.