Gibbstown College in the Meath Gaeltacht offers boys an alternative way of learning the Irish language.
At an Irish summer college, RTÉ News examines the teaching of the Irish language outside of schools. The Department of Education has recently issued a number of reports recommending the changing of the structure and approach of Irish language colleges.
The emphasis here is that the language should be associated with the happy things of a boys daily life and not with the drudgery of school.
The emphasis for the boys at Gibbstown Gaeltacht is on learning through fun and activities, rather than the tasks normally associated with traditional education. Classes are kept as informal as possible with an emphasis on communication over grammatical correctness.
The headmaster of the school describes the daily routine for the boys that attend the school from hoisting the flag, singing the national anthem, attending mass and then class. The afternoons allow pupils some free time to go to the school bank to collect their daily allowance which they spend in the school shop. The afternoons usually involve games and sports. While it may take a few days for the boys to get accustomed to speaking in Irish, after that they improve immensely. Such is their immersion in the language that according to the headmaster,
By the end of the fortnight, some of them can't turn back to English very quickly.
Some of the boys attending the Gaeltacht talk about where they are from the food and some of the activities they take part in.
An RTÉ News report broadcast on 11 July 1962. Parts of this report are mute.