Seachtain na Gaeilge
Seachtain na Gaeilge (Irish Language Week) is a non-profit organisation which promotes the use of Irish language and culture, both at home and abroad, during a two-week festival held in March each year. It was established by Conradh na Gaeilge in 1902. A wide range of organisations, local councils, schools, libraries, and music, sporting and cultural bodies all register their events with Seachtain na Gaeilge.
Address: 6 Harcourt Street, Dublin 2
Phone: (01) 475 7401
An Siopa Gaeilge
Oideas Gael’s Siopa Gaeilge sells a range of products of special interest to the adult Irish language learner and to teachers (at adult, as well as primary and secondary level). It carries a wide selection of materials for children and a variety of traditional music resources, bilingual greeting cards and books on Irish history, culture and music.
Address: Oideas Gael, Gleann Cholm Cille, Contae Dhún na nGall
Phone: (074) 973 0500
Fax: (074) 973 0348
An Siopa Leabhar
Conradh na Gaeilge’s bookshop, which also sells CDs, posters and other items of interest to speakers of Irish and those learning the language.
Address: 6 Harcourt Street, Dublin 2
Phone: (01) 478 3814
Fax: (01) 478 5428
Gaelchultúr’s books for learners of Irish can be purchased in the company’s online shop. Books by other Irish language publishers, as well as games and other items aimed at Irish speakers, are also sold on siopa.ie.
Address: 11 Clare Street, Dublin 2
Phone: (01) 484 5220
You can search for Irish language versions of surnames on sloinne.ie. Different ways of spelling the surname are given and if you click on one of them, information is given about the different versions there are for men and for women. As well at that, information about the origin and the history of the surnames is given, where available.
There are online versions of the English-Irish Dictionary (de Bhaldraithe, 1959) and of Foclóir Gaeilge‑Béarla (Ó Dónaill, 1977) available since 31 October 2013, as well as grammar and pronunciation databases. These facilities are available at teanglann.ie.
The same website contains another facility: a Grammar Database. The Grammar Database enables users to readily find grammatical information on words in Irish, e.g. gender, inflected forms of nouns and how they relate to the definite article; tenses and forms of verbs; forms and use of adjectives, etc.
Teastas Eorpach na Gaeilge
TEG is an examination system for adult learners of Irish who want to attain a formal qualification in Irish. TEG is broadly based on the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (Council of Europe, 2001) and is a member of ALTE (Association of Language Testers in Europe). Examinations test the four skills: speaking, listening, reading and writing. Candidates can take the full examination for full certification or choose to take the oral exam as a standalone exam for partial certification in spoken Irish. Examinations are available at five levels, from Absolute Beginners (A1) to Advanced 1 (C1). There are examination centres in various parts of Ireland – Maynooth, Belfast, Letterkenny and other centres around the country, as well as centres abroad, including New York, Paris, Ottawa and Sydney.
Address: Centre for Irish Language, Maynooth University, Maynooth, County Kildare
Phone: (01) 708 3737
Fax: (01) 708 6499
TG4 is a public service broadcaster for Irish language speakers. The channel, which is based in the Conamara Gaeltacht, has been on air since 31 October, 1996. The station’s programmes can be viewed live on the TG4 Player and there is also an archive containing a wide range of content.
Address: Baile na hAbhann, Contae na Gaillimhe
Phone: (091) 505 050
Fax: (091) 505 021
Tuairisc.ie provides a news service in Irish for the Irish speaking community in Ireland and abroad. There are daily updates covering national news, analysis, and satire. Tuairisc.ie also provides multimedia content, learners’ pages, and sports coverage.
Address: Bearna, Co. Galway, Éire
Phone: (091) 867 458
Údarás na Gaeltachta
Údarás na Gaeltachta, the Gaeltacht Authority, is the regional government agency with responsibility for the economic, social and language/cultural development of the Gaeltacht areas of Ireland. An tÚdarás pursues its core language preservation and development objectives through job and wealth creation and a wide range of community, arts, language and cultural initiatives.
Address: An Ardoifig, Na Forbacha, Contae na Gaillimhe
Phone: (091) 503 100
Fax: (091) 503 101
WinGléacht is an electronic version of the main Irish–English Dictionary, Niall Ó Dónaill’s Foclóir Gaeilge–Béarla. The disk contains all the headwords in the original dictionary and 25% of the sample sentences, as well as some additional material. A comprehensive grammatical guide is linked to each headword. WinGléacht also functions as an English–Irish dictionary. Compatible with Microsoft Windows only.
Available from: www.siopa.ie
Gaelchultúr now has a YouTube channel, packed with Irish language videos. Other channels also upload videos and songs in Irish; TG Lurgan, for example.