An Ghaeilge Duit! The Irish Language for You!
Irish is a Celtic language. Celtic is a branch of the Indo-European language family. This branch also includes Scottish, Gaelic, Manx, Welsh, Cornish and Breton. The oldest examples of written Ancient Irish that we have are inscriptions on ogham (o-em) stibesm from the 4th century. Many of these stones can be found today in Ireland, the Isle of Mann and the west of Britain.
Since 2007, Irish has been the official language of the European Union along with the 23 other languages. The Irish language is recognized in the Constitution of Ireland. In the south of Ireland, 1,774,437 (2011) or 40.6% of the population can speak Irish. In Northern Ireland 184,898 (2011) people or 10.65% of the population can speak it. About 7% of these are Protestants and others.
There are three main dialects in Irish, Munster, Connaught and Ulster. Irish is spoken on a daily basis in areas call the Gaeltachts (gale-tacht). There are Gaeltacht regions in Donegal, Mayo, Galway, Kerry and Cork, as well as Ráth Chairn, Co., Meath, and an Rinn Co. Waterford.
Irish is proving a popular subject overseas: in Britain, Europe, Australasia, USA and Canada. Results from recent census in the US showed that some 26,000 people speak Irish regularly. Irish is also taught in universities like Notre Dame and Harvard and other universities across the world.
Click on the poster below to download a PDF form to register for the Ciorcail Chomhrá Thoronto.
Irish Language Links and Resources
Oireachtas na Gaeilge - Over 10,000 people attend a week long arts based festival. Activities include literature, dance, music, story-telling and visual arts.
Seachtain na Gaeilge -The Irish Language Week in March is an international Irish language festival and one of the biggest celebrations of Irish language and culture that takes place each year in Ireland and in many other countries.
Information taken from Foras Na Gaeilge literature. For further information go to: www.gaeilge.ie
Irish Language Media
TG4 – broadcasts a comprehensive Irish Language schedule
Raidió na Life 106.4 FM - community radio station based in Dublin
BEO - a monthly Irish language web magazine for Irish speakers; includes features for learners
Tuairisc - news website
Nascanna - collection of useful resources
Leabharlann Teanga - dictionaries
Firefox Translate – Firefox will translate into Irish, Irish spell checker, translated gmail interface, etc. through add ons.
Gramadoir - free office suite
Free Irish Language Sites/Learning Resources
Not-Free Language Resources
Right click on the chart below to copy to your desktop and print out this handy beginner Irish lesson.