Foras na Gaeilge wishes to announce a public consultation period for the Irish Language Officers Scheme

We would like the public’s opinion on the on the future of the  Irish Language Officers Scheme in local government in Northern Ireland.

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Ard-Dioplóma sa Dlítheangeolaíocht agus san Aistriúchán Dlíthiúil 2017-18

Is teanga oifigiúil den Aontas Eorpach í an Ghaeilge agus beidh institiúidí an AE ag earcú dlítheangeolaithe agus aistritheoirí dlíthiúla le hardleibhéal scileanna Gaeilge as éadan as seo go deireadh 2021. Tá os cionn 100 aistritheoir Gaeilge agus os cionn 30 dlítheangeolaí Gaeilge le hearcú toisc go bhfuil deireadh á chur leis an maolú ar stádas oifigiúil na Gaeilge san AE. Tá na poist seo ar fáil i bParlaimint na hEorpa, sa Choimisiún Eorpach, sa Chomhairle agus sa Chúirt Bhreithiúnais agus iad lonnaithe sa Bhruiséil agus i Lucsamburg. Tá tuarastal agus coinníollacha oibre den scoth i gceist.

Tuilleadh Eolais:

Eolas 2017-18

Fogra 2017-18

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TEG Examinations 2017: DATES & CENTRES

TEG Examinations 2017 will take place in the following centres:


An Spidéal











New York




B2   1 April 2017*

B1   13 May 2017

A2   27 May 2017

A1   10 June 2017


B2    12 August 2017*

C1    18 & 19 August 2017


*TEG Level B2 satisfies the Irish language entry requirement for courses in primary school teaching in the Colleges of Education and Hibernia College and is also an accepted qualification for translation and interpreting courses in various colleges.   

The closing date for applications is 1 March 2017.  A later closing date will apply to the August exams which will take place in Maynooth only.  Further information here.


Work on your speaking skills! PARTIAL CERTIFICATION AVAILABLE  

Partial certification is available for learners of Irish who prefer to focus on their oral language skills.  Candidates will have two options:

Take the full TEG exam and get full certification;


Take the oral exam only and get partial certification.

TEG staff will be happy to arrange oral exams for groups at other times of the year in centres throughout the country. Call (01) 708 6417 for more information.

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Fun in Donnaghmore with the Youth Events Scheme

Foras na Gaeilge visited Bardic Educational Arts and Media in the Torrent Complex in Donnaghmore, where the young people enjoyed the Irish language, dance and music which was provided by their facilitator for them.
Irish on the Move is the name of the project funded under the Youth Events Scheme 2016-17, where the young people learn Irish in various real life situations e.g. out at the shops and in the theatre.
Although the night was bitterly cold, the young people were cosy and warm inside while they were dancing and singing whilst learning directions in Irish.
Well done Tyrone Gaels!

Photographs from the night:




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Press Releases, News

Your Career with Irish: Grad Ireland #FYI and Language Fair, 8 February

Foras na Gaeilge are pleased to launch Do Ghairm le Gaeilge (Your Career with Irish) awareness campaign in association with Grad Ireland. This campaign is aimed at undergraduates and will seek to draw attention to the benefit of working with bilingualism and fluency in Irish in the workplace, whether by encouraging students to mention Irish language competency on their CV when applying for posts, using their Irish in the jobs they will have in the future, choosing postgraduate degrees in Irish as well as applying for jobs in the Irish language sector.

Speaking today the CEO of Foras na Gaeilge, Seán Ó Coinn, said “We hope that the campaign will influence young people as they consider the long-term relationship they will have with the language. We would like to show students how worthwhile it is to develop their fluency so they understand the various possibilities for working in different areas through Irish, including teaching, translation, law and media.

To that end the guidebook Do Ghairm le Gaeilge (Your Career with Irish) has been published online. It gives practical advice and valuable information on training courses and work opportunities through the Irish language. As well as that online material has been developed, including videos of interviews with careers ambassadors from different fields in which they describe the advantage the Irish language has given them in their working life to date.

As part of the campaign Foras na Gaeilge will have a stand at the #FYI Careers Fair and the Grad Ireland Languages Fair in the RDS on the 8 February 2017 and there will be a strong team to speak with students about the various training, employment and voluntary opportunities available through Irish. Bláthnaid Ní Chofaigh (RTÉ board member and broadcaster) will present a seminar at 1.30 PM as well which will focus on experience and practical advice on working with Irish from the video participants.


More information on the seminar and registering for the fair is available here:


Foras na Gaeilge welcomes all to the occasion and particularly welcomes students, employers and 3rd level educators.

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Further Information:

Anna Davitt, Programme Manager: Communications, Marketing & Awareness, Foras na Gaeilge

Tel: 0035387 673 6175    


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Other Words

Call for applications for an 8-week literary creative residency, 11th June to 6thAugust, in Leeuwarden for Irish language writers


Deadline for applications is 1 p.m.20th March 2018.

The Other Words literary project is a partnership programme between cultural and language organisations in European regions which aims to establish a network of creative placements for European writers in small and minority languages. The partner organisations are:

  • Donostia Kultura and San Sebastian 2016 (Basque Country)
  • Foras na Gaeilge (Ireland)
  • X-OP, eXchange of art Operators and Producers (Slovenia)
  • Youth Forum na Mladi (Macedonia)
  • Leeuwarde/Ljouwert 2018 (Friesland).


The objectives of the project are:

  • To help literature written in small and minority languages to become known further afield.
  • To highlight the importance of language diversity.
  • To shed light on the literary creation process.
  • To draw attention to social themes, issues and social groups connected to small languages.
  • To promote cooperation between writers and artists in literature in small and minority languages.
  • To give writers the opportunity to benefit from a literary placement to help them develop in their literary career.


The components of the project are:

  • Placements: This is the essence of the project, which is based on the exchange of writers between different regions. Each participating region will send two writers to complete an eight week placement in two partner regions in each of the three years, and each region will also host two writers per year from partner regions. There will be a total of 10 writers participating each year.


  • Creative literary projects: During the placements, the writers will work on subjects dealing with themes, issues and social groups connected with lesser used languages, the result of which will be a literary text dealing with these subjects, maintaining at all times contact and cooperation with the host community and shedding light on the creative process. To help achieve this the writers will participate in a series of initiatives during the placements.


  • Translations: As stated one of the goals of the project is to foster literature produced in minority or small languages and to promote collaboration between writers. All of the texts created during the placements will therefore be translated into the languages of the partners and into English. This will enable us to share “other words” and “the words of others”.



  • Website: The works produced under the Beste Hitzak/Other Words project, and the creative process itself, will be published on a specially created website. This website will provide a platform for dissemination of the project content.


We wish to encourage all writers to respond to our open call. This is an excellent opportunity to create a literary work and to become familiar with another region. As already stated, the selected writers will live in another region for eight weeks, all expenses paid. They will also receive financial remuneration.

There will be more placements and events in the future, which will be announced at the appropriate time.

For further information email or  go to,

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Press Releases, News

Foras na Gaeilge announces series of information nights


Foras na Gaeilge is pleased to announce a series of information nights to promote the funded schemes on offer from the north/south Irish language body. The first of these will be held in Hannon’s Hotel, Roscommon Town, on Tuesday 7 February at 7.30 p.m.

On the night representatives from Foras na Gaeilge will share information about the organisation’s work, their funded schemes and supports available. The public will have an opportunity to provide feedback regarding the promotion of the Irish language in the area and ask questions.

Speaking today, Foras na Gaeilge CEO, Seán Ó Coinn said, “We have identified certain areas North and South from which the number of applications for our various funding schemes has been relatively low over the last number of years. We hope to reach out to local communities through these sessions and to raise awareness about the funding opportunities available to them.  We provide a broad range of schemes which may be of interest locally on a number of levels and would strongly encourage people with an interest in the Irish language to attend.”

Among the 2017 schemes recently launched are the Festivals Scheme, Youth Events Scheme and Summer Camp Scheme. Foras na Gaeilge also provides funding in the area of business, the arts, media and publication. Visit Foras na Gaeilge’s corporate website at for a full list of funding schemes available.


Foras na Gaeilge will deliver the following sessions during the coming weeks:






Tuesday 7 February


Hannon's Hotel


Wednesday 8 February


Áras an Mhuilinn


Thursday 9 February


Cavan Crystal Hotel


Tuesday 14 February


The Bridge House Hotel


Wednesday 15 February


Longford Arms Hotel


Thursday 16 February


Maldron Hotel


Tuesday 21 February


Springhill Court Hotel


Wednesday 22 February


Royal Hotel


Thursday 23 February


Oriel Centre - Dundalk Gaol


Wednesday 1 March

Port Laoise

Maldron Hotel


Thursday 2 March


Enniskillen Hotel




Notes to Editor:

About Foras na Gaeilge

Foras na Gaeilge was founded under the Good Friday Agreement and is responsible for the following:

  • promotion of the Irish language
  • facilitating and encouraging its use in speech and writing in public and private life in the South and, in the context of Part III of the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages, in Northern Ireland where there is appropriate demand;
  • advising both administrations, public bodies and other groups in the private and voluntary sectors;
  • undertaking supportive projects, and grant-aiding bodies and groups as considered necessary;
  • undertaking research, promotional campaigns, and public and media relations;
  • developing terminology and dictionaries;
  • supporting Irish-medium education and the teaching of Irish.



Further Information:

Anna Davitt, Programme Manager: Communications, Marketing & Awareness, Foras na Gaeilge

Tel: 0035387 673 6175    



Colm Ó hArgáin, Higher Executive Officer: Education, Foras na Gaeilge.

Tel: 00353 1 639 8400




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Siuán Ní Mhaonaigh appointed as Chairperson of the Language Development Forum

Siuán Ní Mhaonaigh has been appointed by Foras na Gaeilge as Chairperson of the Language Development Forum for the period from January 2017 to December 2020. Siuán succeeds Associate Professor Regina Uí Chollatáin, Head of the UCD School of Irish, Celtic Studies and Folklore, who was in post from 2014 to the end of 2016 as Chairperson of the Forum.

Siuán is from the Gaoth Dobhair Gaeltacht and has a BA degree from St. Patrick’s College Maynooth and an MPhil degree from Trinity College. She is a researcher and a language consultant with expertise in assessment and teaching. She is a director of the European Certificate for Irish (, a project of Maynooth University’s Irish Language Centre, and she is a joint director of the language consultancy Aistear ( 

Her publications include Speaking Irish / An Ghaeilge Bheo (McGraw-Hill, 2008), Leasuithe ar Scrúdú Gaeilge na hArdteistiméireachta: Anailís ar a dTionchar (COGG, 2013) and Snas agus Blas (CCEA, 2016).

Speaking today the CEO of Foras na Gaeilge, Seán Ó Coinn, thanked Associate Professor Uí Chollatáin, who has done “pioneering work as the first chairperson of the Forum by establishing and directing a vibrant platform for the Irish language community”.  He congratulated Siuán Ní Mhaonaigh on her appointment and wished her every success in her new position.

The Language Development Forum is representative of local language interest groups funded by Foras na Gaeilge at community level and is an integral part of the partnership approach, the formal structure between the Lead Organisations and Foras na Gaeilge.

The objective of the Language Development Forum is to get the views and advice of Foras na Gaeilge grantees, i.e. the language community, on the development of Irish in the general areas under the responsibility of the six Lead Organisations, and on the Lead Organisations’ plans. More information on the objectives and membership of the Forum is available on the Foras na Gaeilge website here.



Vacancy: Clerical Officer

Post buan mar Oifigeach Cléireachais le Foras na Gaeilge (Baile Átha Cliath)

Is mian le Foras na Gaeilge, an comhlacht forfheidhmithe atá freagrach as an Ghaeilge a chur chun cinn ar fud oileán na hÉireann, an ceapachán seo a leanas a dhéanamh:

Oifigeach Cléireachais Tagairt: OCSSF/0117

Beidh an post seo lonnaithe i gCeannáras Fhoras na Gaeilge, i mBaile Átha Cliath.

* Déanfar ceapachán amháin buan anois agus cuirfear painéal le chéile as a líonfar folúntais shealadacha ag an ngrád seo, as seo go ceann bliana ach acmhainn a bheith ann chuige sin.


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Ní mór cóip chrua d’fhoirmeacha comhlánaithe lámhshínithe bheith faighte ag an seoladh thíosluaite roimh 12 meánlae Dé hAoine, 27 Eanáir 2017:

Foras na Gaeilge,
7 Cearnóg Mhuirfean,
Baile Átha Cliath 2.

Ní ghlacfar le hiarratais ar ríomhphost.

Tá Foras na Gaeilge tiomanta don chomhionannas deise agus cuirimid fáilte roimh iarratas ó iarrthóirí a bhfuil na cáilíochtaí cuí acu gan bheann ar chreideamh, ar inscne, ar mhíchumas, ar chine, ar dhearcadh polaitíochta, ar aois, ar stádas pósta, ar chlaonadh gnéis nó cé acu atá nó nach bhfuil cleithiúnaithe acu. De réir fiúntais amháin a mheasfar gach iarratas.

Proficiency in the Irish language, both written and oral, is an essential requirement for the above post.



Funding Schemes 2017

Foras na Gaeilge will be running the following Schemes during 2017: 

  • Scéim Tacaíochta Gnó
  • Scéim na gCampaí Samhraidh
  • Scéim na nImeachtaí Óige
  • Scéim na bhFéilte
  • Scéim na gComplachtaí Drámaíochta
  • Scéim Sparánachta Cholmcille (Gaeilge na hAlban)

Further Information:

Funding Schemes

T: +353 1 639 8400

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