Gaelcholáiste Luimnigh opened for its first cohort of pupils on Friday, 1st September 2006.
Gaelcholáiste Luimnigh is the new All-Irish Secondary college for Limerick City and County where all subjects are taught through the medium of Irish. It is the only co-educational All-Irish Post-Primary college in the Limerick City region, and is the only second-level college to offer boys the opportunity to learn through the medium of Irish at post-primary.
The new college is located in the custom built and ultra-modern Neville House in Sir Harry’s Mall.
This opening represented an historic occasion for the Limerick City region, on the site of the famous Irish poet, Brian Merriman’s family dwelling.
Gaelcholáiste Luimnigh is a modern, dynamic college with a clear emphasis on languages and sciences while incorporating high levels of IT across the curriculum to equip our pupils with the skills and confidence they will require in a rapidly evolving information age society.
The growth of Gaelscoileanna and Gaelcholáistí on a national level has seen significant growth in recent years. By September 2006 there will be 165 gaelscoileanna at primary level and 38 at post-primary level (in the 32 counties, outside of the Gaeltacht) with approxiamtely 32,000 attending these schools. There are now five Gaelscoileanna located in Limerick City and environs including, An Mhodh Scoil, Gaelscoil Chaladh an Treoigh, Gaelscoil Ráithín, Gaelscoil Sáirséal and Gaelscoil Sheoirse Clancy.
Donncha Ó Treasaigh was the first principal of Gaelcholáiste Luimnigh, and led the development of the school from thirty one students in 2006 to nearly seven hundred students in 2019.
Donncha was appointed as Director of Schools with the Limerick and Clare Education and Training Board in May 2019.
Donncha is a native of Cappamore, and attended St. Fintan’s C.B.S., Doon, Co. Limerick.
He graduated from Mary Immaculate College/University of Limerick in 1998 (Honours Degree in Gaeilge & Geography) and completed the Higher Diploma in Education in NUI Maynooth. In 2000, he graduated with a postgraduate degree in ICT from NUI Maynooth.
He earned significant acclaim in the field of ICT and was involved at National level in several programmes relating to teachers’ professional development. He was an editor for the NCTE / PDST Technology in Education team on various publications.
He was a member of the Management committee of the Limerick Education Centre and delivered courses to both Primary and Post-Primary teachers through the Education Centre network between 1999 and 2016.
He has considerable experience in management and education leadership.
- He was Chairperson of the Limerick Principals and Deputy Principals Association for three years between 2011 and 2014.
- He was Chairperson of NAPD Region 6 (Limerick, Clare & Kerry) between 2012 and 2016.
- He was also the ETB Sectoral Representative for NAPD Region 6
- He is Secretary of the ETBI sub-committee on ETB All-Irish Post Primary Colleges
- He is a Member of the Limerick Education Centre (formerly Treasurer and twice as Chairperson)
- He is a Member of the Hunt Museum Board of Directors
- He led the process in the appointment of Chairperson of the Hunt Museum in 2015, with the former Secretary General of the Department of Finance, Mr. John Moran assuming the role.
- He is a Member of the national executive of NAPD since November 2015.
- He chairs the NAPD ICT Committee.
- He is an Apple Distinguished Educator, Apple Education Trainer and Apple Strategic Planning Consultant.
- He is a member of the Department of Education and Skills Implementation Advisory Group, established by the Minister for Education and Skills, Richard Bruton TD for the Digital Strategy in Schools Initiative.
- He is currently studying an M.Ed in All-Irish Medium education in Mary Immmaculate College/University of Limerick.
- He was appointed as a Board Member of the Plassey Campus Centre in April 2019 by the Governing Authority of the University of Limerick.
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