Pupils and parents are looking forward to having an Irish language school in Ballymun after years of lobbying.

After a two year battle the people of Ballymun received permission for an all Irish language school under the joint management of the Parents' Association and the Department of Education.

The school will be co-educational and will include a Naíonra. 

The prefab Irish school will cater for Ballymun on the north side of Dublin city, which has more inhabitants than either Dundalk, Kilkenny, Sligo, Clonmel or Athlone. 

The difference between Ballymun and these other towns is the lack of tradition and community facilities offered to residents of the Dublin suburb. There are 15,000 people living in the high-rise flats and are predominantly young, working-class, married couples with lots of children. Children form almost half the population and many parents want the opportunity for their children to be educated through the Irish language.

Doireann Ní Bhriain chats to some of the Ballymun children "as gaeilge", the future pupils of the planned Irish school.

Parents in Ballymun are also making the effort to learn Irish as they attend classes in Dublin city centre provided by Colm O'Torna. 

This episode of 'Tangents' was broadcast on 8 February 1973. The reporter is Doireann Ní Bhriain.