Latvian school to open in Ireland

A new school for Latvian children in Ireland will meet for the first time May 29 in Dublin, the Latvian Ministry for Foreign Affairs has announced.

The school was started through the initiative of the Embassy of Latvia in Dublin, the foreign ministry said in a press release. The school is supported by the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Ireland.

The school will meet monthly beginning at 14:30 hours May 29 in the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Ireland, 24 Adelaide Road, Dublin. It is open to children of all ages. Heading the school will be Ramona Āboliņa and Jolanta Šmite.

The first church service for Ireland’s growing Latvian population was scheduled in December in St. Finian’s Church in Dublin. So many Latvians have migrated to Ireland for work that the government’s Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment even has published a brochure in the Latvian language to explain workers’ rights. Nearly 2,300 immigrants from Latvia were reported in Ireland in 2004, according to Ireland’s Central Statistics Office.

Andris Straumanis is a special correspondent for and a co-founder of Latvians Online. From 2000–2012 he was editor of the website.

One thought on “Latvian school to open in Ireland

  1. Congratulating!This is wonderful beginning for latvian children education in Ireland.I wish wisdom,endurance and strength to leaders-Ramona Āboliņa and Jolanta Šmite….
    I would want to offer my musical teacher knowledge and competence for teaching if thats could be needful…my contact e-mail adress is

    sincerely yours-Dzintra Zariņa

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