Croí Éanna is a community-based organisation which provides support quality Irish medium education and enhanced opportunities for the greater Glengormley area.
Many of these are through the medium of the Irish language. Initiated in May 2005, we are a registered charity XR95916 located off the Hightown Road, in the Glengormley area.
We currently have a one-room playgroup with 22 children and 45 registered to start 2006-2007. There are also additional cultural and social activities as well as events in and around the Naíscoil with the help of 5 staff and 1 volunteer. We work with various statutory, educational, voluntary and cultural bodies.
There are three main projects being carried out by Croí Éanna. While all of these projects are inter-related it is possible to identify these projects under two main headings, namely:
In 2006 these activities included the provision of early years education to 22 children. Gaelscoil Éanna, the area’s only Irish medium primary school is due to open September 2007 and is following an outline plan as shown in appendix 1.
In 2006 these activities included night classes for adults (16+) in Irish language, intensive Irish language courses, set dancing, and a school of music for children 11-18. 50 adults registered for these classes last year. Croí Éanna also hosts a number of events such as ceilí dances, talks and lectures, dramas, historical tours and cultural exchanges. In 2006 it was estimated that upwards of 1,000 people attended these events and activities over the year.
Croí Eanna is in a position of being able to integrate these activities so that parents dropping their children off at the Naíscoil can, for example, find out about the language classes and get to know other parents in this way or through some of the other social and fundraising events. In this way a real community of interests is being created with education at its core but linked into the social and cultural fabric of people’s lives.
This pioneering and far-sighted approach by Croí Éanna is now being championed by mainstream educational policy developments in efforts to provide inclusive and comprehensive services and to use educational establishments as centres for lifelong learning and integrated services. Croí Éanna hopes to take a lead role in implementing Extended Schools and the empowerment of schools, families and communities working together.
Undoubtedly Croí Éanna has a short and strong track record. It has earned the reputation of providing professional and quality services with the support of the:
In a door to door survey 2006 over 85% of participants said they were positive towards the Irish Language.
Bairbre de Brún MEP officially opened Naíscoil Éanna 2005
Uachtarán na hÉireann, Mary McAleese, visited Naíscoil Éanna 2006