Northern Ireland

Dáithí helps launch Irish language organ donation school resources

Dáithí Mac Gabhann with his P3 class at Bunscoil an tSléibhe Dhuibh
Dáithí Mac Gabhann with his P3 class at Bunscoil an tSléibhe Dhuibh

Young campaigner Dáithí Mac Gabhann has helped launch new Irish language school resources, aimed at introducing organ donation education at an early age.

They will provide Key Stage1 and 2 pupils with the information they need to find out more about the topic and to discuss it with family and friends.

The resources were launched on Friday at Dáithí's school Bunscoil an tSléibhe Dhuibh in west Belfast.

Dáithí's dad Máirtín said he was grateful that the resources have been made available in Irish.

“After almost six years of waiting for the gift a heart transplant, this initiative holds a special place in our hearts, as we truly believe in the power of education,” he said.

“Although Dáithí's Law has brought about positive change to organ donation here, we are even more grateful and hopeful to see our children learn about this important subject in a school setting with carefully planned and appropriate resources. In terms of educating the next generation about the importance of organ donation, this is a huge step forward.”

The aim of the new primary school resources is to enhance children’s understanding of their incredible organs, stimulate family dialogue about organ donation and transplantation, and encourage the young people to consider how they feel about organ donation and what their decision might be.