GAELTACHT SIGN
IRISH LANGUAGE
I remember on one occasion, when she was asked to sing the English version of that touching melody 'The Red-haired Man's Wife', she replied, 'I will sing it for you; but the English words and the air are like a quarrelling man and wife; the Irish melts into the tune, but the English doesn't.'

William Carleton
Traits and Stories of the Irish Peasantry

HOME
History
Around Ireland
Folk Culture
Information Resources
Arts & Music
Architecture
Archaeology
Environment
Literature
The Island Ireland directory is sponsored by our online Irish shop:
MARKETPLACE
Celebrating the Ireland-America connection... winner of Yahoo's "Top Service" award
TO ISLAND IRELAND HOME PAGETO ISLAND IRELAND HOME PAGE
You're very welcome to the Island Ireland directory for Irish language.
The following hand-picked links will take you to resources on learning the language, Irish language radio and television, online reading in Irish and more.
IRISH LANGUAGE RESOURCES
Gaeilge ar an Ghréasán provides lots of links to Irish on the Internet... resources of all kinds, and all levels. If you don't have at least a little Irish yourself though, things may get a little confusing...
Irish Gaelic Translator includes useful links and resources, including a forum bulletin board where volunteers provide translations (as noted on the site, do get a second or third opionion on a Gaelic translation before getting a tattoo!)
The Gaeltacht (areas where Irish is the community language) includes large parts of counties Galway, Mayo, Donegal and Kerry, and smaller areas in counties Cork, Waterford and Meath. Údarás na Gaeltachta is the government agency responsible for promoting the economic and social development of these areas, working to preserve and maintain the daily and widespread use of the Irish language. They are a valuable resource for any issues pertaining to the Gaeltacht, or to the Irish language.
Evertype provides info on Gaelic fonts and typesetting...
R. A. McCartney maintains a home page website called A Plan to Save the Irish Language which explains the decline of the Irish language since the establishment of the Irish Free State in 1922, and proposes a scheme to encourage its use as a living language today...
LEARNING THE IRISH LANGUAGE
Intercelt is an internet resource for information about cultural holidays and activities in Ireland which involve the Irish language and Celtic culture. Language, cultural festivals, folklore, music, dance, heritage... if you want to add Irish culture to your holiday, visit Intercelt for lots of useful information.
Oideas Gael offers all sorts of Irish language and cultural courses in spectacular locations in Donegal. Their site may inspire you to enjoy an educational holiday learning Irish (while hillwalking or figuring out how to play the bodhrán or picking up some Riverdance moves). Beginners to advanced.
GaelTalk.net is the website for a Gaeltacht-based online Irish course which features native speakers and is ideally suited to distance learning.
West Kerry Irish College (Coláistí Chorca Dhuibhne)
IRISH LANGUAGE RADIO AND TELEVISION
BBC Northern Ireland provides about 40 hours per week of radio programming in Irish (including the popular nightly radio magazine Blas), with RealAudio downloads available.
RTE (Radio Teilefís Éireann) also provides Irish language programming. For details on radio programs, have a look at the list of their RealAudio downloads.
IRISH LANGUAGE BOOKS & MERCHANDISE
West Kerry Litriocht.com is working to make all books published in or on the Irish language available online. The site looks to be quite well-organised, with a very comprehensive selection on offer, and they've gone to the trouble to provide cover images and a bi-lingual description of each item. Links to other Irish resources too...
An Spailpín Fánach manufactures and sells Irish language gift and educational items from their premises in An Spidéal, County Galway. Irish language tee shirts are a speciality.
Connemara-based Cló lar-Chonnachta publishes books and music in the Irish language. Their web site gives lots of information on their recordings (including many sean-nós albums), and publications of both adult and children's literature. An excellent resource.
Cúpla Focal is an Irish language bookshop in Bray with an online shop selling Irish language courses and much more...
ONLINE READING IN IRISH
Here's our collection of Irish proverbs alongside their English translations. Bíonn chuile dhuine lách go dtéann bó ina gharraí. (Everyone is sociable until a cow invades his garden.)
Glencolmcille-based Oideas Gael has started publishing a new on-line magazine, Beo!, an Internet magazine for Irish speakers in Ireland and worldwide. Take heart, all Irish learners-- webmaster of www.beo.ie is Mr Michal Boleslav Michura, a fluent Irish speaker from the Czech Republic.
Foinse is a national weekly newspaper in Irish.
REGIONAL SITES IN IRISH
Beautiful Gleann Cholm Cille (Glencolmcille) in Donegal has a really nice site incorporating both Irish and English... Top marks to Marc Ó Conaill for his creative bilingual site design.
top