An Ghaeilge Duit! The Irish Language for You!

Irish Language in Sudbury
Irish Language Group in Sudbury

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

Irish Festivals

Oireachtas Gaeilge Cheanada

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:


Irish Language Media

TG4 – broadcasts a comprehensive Irish Language schedule

BBC Irish 

Raidió na Life 106.4 FM - community radio station based in Dublin

Raidió Fáilte 107.1 FN - community radio station based in Belfast

BEO - a monthly Irish language web magazine for Irish speakers; includes features for learners

Tuairisc  - news website





BBC Irish Programming

Speak Talk Chat


Other Resources

Kevin Scannell - Gaelige

Indigenous Sweets Blog

Nascanna  - collection of useful resources

Writing in Irish  

Leabharlann Teanga  - dictionaries

Firefox Translate  – Firefox will translate into Irish, Irish spell checker, translated gmail interface, etc. through add ons. 

Firefox Mozilla Add Ons (Irish) 

Gramadoir  - free office suite





Beginner Irish

Right click on the chart below to copy to your desktop and print out this handy beginner Irish lesson.

Beginner Irish Infographic