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Gaelcholáiste Luimnigh is an Apple Distinguished School.

Apple Distinguished Schools are centers of leadership and educational excellence ​that demonstrate Apple’s vision for learning with technology — and we believe they are some of the most innovative schools in the world.

Apple Distinguished School leaders, faculty, and the extended community have a clear vision for how their technology-rich environments support learning goals. School leaders have established elements for continuous innovation that include culture, team, capacity, community, finance, and measurement. Supporting their school’s vision is an ongoing process that requires thoughtful planning, practice, and improvement along the way. They use iPad and Mac products to inspire student creativity, collaboration, and critical thinking. And they cultivate environments in which students are excited and curious about learning.

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Gaelcholáiste Luimnigh have Three Apple Professional Development Consultants (APDs), Three Apple Distinguished Educators (ADEs) and one Apple Educational Strategic Planning Consultant (ESP) working in the school as teachers.

Gaelcholáiste Luimnigh is delighted that, Ms. Ciara Ní Dhrisceoil, Ms. Deborah Ní Chealaigh and Mr. Donncha Ó Treasaigh have been selected by Apple, as an Apple Distinguished Educators.
This is a wonderful achievement for the college. Apple Distinguished Educators (ADEs) are part of a global community of education leaders recognised for doing amazing things with Apple technology in and out of the classroom. They explore new ideas, seek new paths and embrace new opportunities. That includes working with each other — and with Apple — to bring the freshest, most innovative ideas to students everywhere.

ADEs work closely with Apple to lead innovation in education.

ADEs advise Apple on integrating technology into learning environments — and share their expertise with other educators and policy makers. They author original content about their work. They advocate the use of Apple products that help engage students in new ways. And they are ambassadors of innovation, participating in and presenting at education events around the world. Being part of the ADE community is much more than an honour — it’s an opportunity to make a difference.

There are now more than 2,000 ADEs worldwide, from the United States to China, New Zealand to Turkey. And they gather every year at ADE Institutes and education events around the world as well as online in the ADE community to collaborate on solutions to the global education challenges of today and tomorrow.


College Principal, Donncha Ó Treasaigh is an official Apple Professional Development Consultant and provides guidance, through Apple, to Principals and ICT Coordinators.

Donncha Ó Treasaigh is the founding principal of Gaelcholáiste Luimnigh, an all-Irish post-primary college in Limerick City (530 pupils).

He has earned significant acclaim in the field of ICT through his involvement, at national level, in several programmes relating to teachers’ professional development and courses he delivered to both Primary and Post-Primary teachers through the Education Centre network between 1999 and 2006.  He was also an editor for the NCTE on various publications.

He has considerable experience in management and education leadership.

He is Chairperson of the Limerick Principals & Deputy Principals Association and Chairperson of NAPD Region 6. He is also the Education & Training Board Sectoral Representative for the 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 (Treasurer) and also a Member of the Hunt Museum Board of Directors.

He is an Apple Professional Development Consultant and has presented Vision & Planning seminars for Principals, Deputy Principals and ICT coordinators in recent years.

He was asked to speak at the launch of the Department of Education and Skills ICT Strategy launch on 1st December 2013.

Gaelcholáiste Luimnigh has been using iPads, successfully since 2010.

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