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Acmhainní d'fhoghlaimeoirí / Resources for learners

If you’re learning Irish, there are some useful language tools and resources
currently available that you may not know about. The online resources mentioned
below are all available free of charge.

Beo! is a monthly magazine made accessible by its interactive glossaries which enable the reader to click on difficult phrases and get an English language translation. It contains a wide range of articles on such topics as current affairs, the arts, sport and technology.

Gaelport (, a portal site for the Irish language, contains comprehensive information about events, language courses, job vacancies and a lot

For those keen to develop their vocabulary, the Irish language terminology sites ( and ( are invaluable resources. An Foclóir Beag ( is the online version of the popular pocket dictionary and it also acts as a searchable grammar.

Those writing Irish on a regular basis will find WinGléacht, the electronic version of Niall Ó Dónaill’s Irish-English dictionary, a useful tool. It is available from Conradh na Gaeilge’s bookshop and from the various online Irish language shops (see details below). The spellchecker GaelSpell and grammar checker Ceart ( have also become indispensable tools for those wishing to write correct Irish.

RTÉ’s multimedia course Turas Teanga ( remains a popular choice for intermediate level learners. It consists of a book, three audio CDs and two DVDs containing the 20 programmes in the TV series of the same name, presented by Sharon Ní Bheoláin, first broadcast on RTÉ in 2004. It will be shown again later this year. There have been several comprehensive language courses written for beginners in recent years as well, including Gaeilge agus Fáilte by Annette Byrne
(2001) and Teach Yourself Irish by Diarmuid Ó Sé and Joseph Sheils (2002).


Eolaire / Directory

This directory contains information about Irish language organisations, publications, and online and other resources.

CD-ROMs in Irish (Fios Feasa)

Certification system for learners of Irish (Teastas Eorpach na Gaeilge / European Certificate in Irish)

Events / places to use Irish (Áras Chrónáin, Dublin) (Oireachtas festival, various locations) (Conradh na Gaeilge’s club, Dublin) (Sult, Dublin) (Cultúrlann Mc Adam Ó Fiaich, Belfast) (An Gaeláras, Derry) (Ionad Buail Isteach, Dublin) (Merriman Winter School) (An Bradán Feasa, Ráth Cairn, Meath Gaeltacht) (Seachtain na Gaeilge, throughout Ireland)

Language classes (Áras Chrónáin) (Conradh na Gaeilge) (Gaelchultúr) (Gael Linn) (Daltaí na Gaeilge)

Language courses and cultural events in the Gaeltacht (Áras Mháirtín Uí Chadhain) (Oidhreacht Chorca Dhuibhne) (Dáil Uladh) (Gael Linn) (Gaelsaoire) (Oideas Gael) (Ráth Cairn)

Language organisations (Foras na Gaeilge: government body charged with promoting Irish) (Glór na nGael: annual competition for groups promoting Irish) (Comhdháil Náisiúnta na Gaeilge: umbrella group for various organisations) (Conradh na Gaeilge: long-established organisation) (Údarás na Gaeltachta: development agency for Gaeltacht areas)

Media (Beo!, monthly magazine) (BBC Northern Ireland) (Foinse, weekly newspaper) (Lá Nua, daily newspaper) (Raidió Fáilte, Belfast) (Raidió na Life 106.4, Dublin) (RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta) (RTÉ) (TG4’s programmes online)

Online bookshops (Cúpla Focal) (An Siopa Leabhar) ( (Oideas Gael)

Online resources (terminology and dictionaries) (GaelSpell spelling checker and Ceart grammar checker) (online dictionary and grammar) (terminology and dictionaries) (online language courses) (An tImeall, podcasting through Irish) (online language courses) (Irish language email lists)

Portal sites on the Web (Foras na Gaeilge) (Gaelport) (Gaeilge ar an Ghréasán)

Publishers of books in Irish (Cló Iar-Chonnachta) (Coiscéim) (Cló Mhaigh Eo) (Cois Life)

Young people (summer colleges and activities for young people) (Comhluadar: organisation for parents and children) (Concos: summer colleges for young people) (Feachtas: activities for children aged 8-10) (Fíbín: puppeteers) (Futa Fata: songs in Irish for children) (Gael Linn: competitions, language courses and transition year programmes) (Ógras: youth clubs through Irish for 13-19 year olds) (summer colleges and activities for young people)

Audio Credits

© RTÉ 2008
Recorded at Stiúideo Dearg, Raidió na Life, 7 Merrion Square, Dublin 2

Éamonn Ó Dónaill, Gaelchultúr (

Láithreoir / Presenter:
Carrie Crowley

Aisteoirí / Actors:
Áine Ní Neachtain
Aoife Ní Chonchúir
Cillín Mac Donnacha
Éamonn Ó Dónaill
Eva Stack
Pádraig Ó Liatháin

Innealtóir fuaime / Sound engineer:
Seán Ó Cearúil

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