School History

Gaelcholáiste Chéitinn is an autonomous Irish-language, post-primary co-ed school within the CTI school cluster. It was established in 2004 to provide the option of second level education through Irish for the children of the Clonmel area. The school is named in honour of Geoffrey Keating and the values which he embodied – a love of learning, of Gaelic Ireland and of God. Seathrún Céi- tinn, priest, poet, scholar and historian, sought through his work to preserve for posterity a record of the ancient glory of the Irish race. His Foras Feasa ar Éirinn is a seminal work which has greatly influenced both history and litera- ture in Ireland over the centuries.

The Gaelcholáiste Crest, the idea for which came from the design of an old halfpenny stamp, shows the seated figure, enclosed within the gaelic letter G, of a monk copying a manuscript. It was designed by Edmund Ryan of the Art Department and is worn with pride by our students.

Many of our students come from the Gaelscoileanna in Clonmel and Carrick on Suir, but an increasing number of students come from English-language primary schools in the area.

Gaelcholáiste Chéitinn is now recognised in the town of Clonmel and its envi- rons as both a concept and a reality; the pursuit of an education through the medium of Irish and the enriching exposure to Irish culture is now seen as an ever more popular option for those entering second level.