A new Irish language social media website has been launched.

Abair Leat has been described as a user-friendly social media site which also helps people translate words and phrases into Irish.

Irish college Coláiste Lurgan, who are backing the intitiative, say they hope to have 50,000 users by the end of the year.

Abair Leat was designed with help from US company Fantasy Interactive.

Micheál Ó Foighil of Coláiste Lurgan said the site was an extension of the services which they supply to students in the summer colleges.

He said they are hoping to raise the money to develop phone applications for the site before the end of the year.

However those behind the site confirmed that Abair Leat experienced some technical difficulties earlier this afternoon.

Users were unable to access the site due to a "huge amount" of traffic and increased volumes of people signing up.