Foras na Gaeilge expresses concern over delay in approving plans to the Sponsoring Departments

Foras na Gaeilge’s concern over the excessive delay to guidance on the preparation of the 2017 Business Plan and the 2017-19 Corporate Plan has been expressed  to the appropriate authorities in the departments north and south. Not only is the guidance itself delayed, but the departments have not indicated any budget or exchange rate, which means Foras na Gaeilge cannot draft comprehensive plans in accordance with best practice in organisational management without these necessary figures.

Foras na Gaeilge Acting Chairperson, Marcas Mac Ruairí, said today, “In other years there has been a commitment that the guidance would come from the Finance Departments and the Sponsoring Departments by the end of August (although this has not always been complied with). We are now in November 2016 and there is no sign of guidance or any other relevant information, and both plans are to be implemented in January 2017. If these plans are not approved before 31 December 2016 there is an obvious risk to the budget as is obvious from the discussion which has taken place in the NI Assembly already on the question. There could be serious risks to jobs in the Irish language sector as a result. Until the budget and 2017 Business Plan are agreed Foras na Gaeilge will not be in a position to pay salaries:

  • to its own staff,
  • to staff of the Lead Organisations,
  • to staff in some of our schemes (the Irish Language Communities Scheme and the Drama Companies Scheme, for example),
  • to those employed through opportunities associated with some of our other schemes (the Summer Camps Scheme, the Youth Activities Scheme etc.).


There will be serious consequences for the Irish language if this is allowed to happen.”

Foras na Gaeilge has asked the Sponsoring Departments and the Finance Departments to address these difficulties as a matter of urgency.

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Grammar Wizard launched at Oireachtas na Samhna

Foras na Gaeilge’s CEO, Ferdie Mac an Fhailigh, officially launched the Grammar Wizard (An Draoi Gramadaí) at the Oireachtas on 5 November. The Grammar Wizard is available on our website, and learners can use it to combine nouns and adjectives and view all of their correct forms:


We plan to add further fields to the Grammar Wizard in the future – prepositions, numbers and other items.

Another tool – for webmasters

We’ve also just made available another tool on, An Foclóirí. This is a plugin which any Irish-language website can use, to allow your readers to look up any word on the screen in the dictionaries in


Further information on this tool can be found at

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Recommendation made by Foras na Gaeilge for appointment of Chief Executive

Seán Ó Coinn.jpeg

The appointment of the new Chief Executive of Foras na Gaeilge was discussed at a Foras na Gaeilge board meeting today. The board has endorsed the outcome of the interview process and Seán Ó Coinn, current Deputy CEO and Director of Educational Services, will be put forward for approval to NSMC.

The appointment will be subject to the approval of NSMC and to agreement of contractual matters.



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Minister of State Seán Kyne, T.D. presents Seal of Accreditation for Translators

Tuesday 18th October 2016

Minister for State in the Department of Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs, Seán Kyne, T.D., today presented 26 accredited Irish/English language translators with certificates at a ceremony held in Foras na Gaeilge, Merrion Square, Dublin.



The Seal of Accreditation was awarded to the following translators:

Síobhra Aiken, Galway

Ailish Bhreathnach, Galway

Deirdre Brophy,France

John Caulfield, Galway

Michael Clarkson, Belfast

John Dullea, Brussels

Ann Fleming, Galway

Patricia Mac Eoin, Galway

Darren Mac Uidheas, Galway

Eoin McEvoy, Dublin

Kieran Murphy, Armagh

Muireann Ní Bheaglaoich, Kildare

Clíona Ní Chatháin, Cork

Úna Ní Chatháin, Dublin

Hannah Ní Dhoimhín, Donegal

Treasa Ní Dhonnchú, Meath

Bríd Ní Fhlathúin, Galway

Pádraigín Ní Ghallchóir, Mayo

Aoife Ní Ghloinn, Dublin

Treasa Ní Lochainn, Westmeath

Katie Ní Loinsigh, Cork

Sinéad Ní Néill, Sligo

Áine Ní Nualláin, Dublin

Freda Nic Giolla Chatháin, Mayo

Seán Ó Gallchobhair, Cork,

Eimear Uí Chathasaigh, Cork


Foras na Gaeilge introduced the Accreditation System in 2006. This is a robust accreditation system, which takes into account the intricacies of the various dialects, modern and technical jargon, and prose and official communications. This ensures the highest standards in the translation industry and safeguards the reputation of competent translators. The accreditation system has a vital role to play in the continued development of the Irish language. To date 194 translators have been accredited under the system. The Translation and Interpreting Unit of University College Galway oversaw the latest examination for the Seal of Accreditation this year on behalf of Foras na Gaeilge.


A full list of accredited translators is available here:

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CCEA’s Pilot Scheme for teaching Irish in English-medium primary schools

Whether you want to teach Irish to the whole school or focus on a particular group or keystage, there is help and support available from CCEA for you today.

You can focus on basic Irish conversation or on a particular learning area in line with the Northern Ireland Curriculum, for example, teaching P.E. through Irish. CCEA training is available in your own school or in cluster groups with other local schools. You can use traditional and new resources which will enable you to implement your chosen programme. There are new and existing resources which are currently being used in Irish-medium schools which can be used in any context including downloadable content.

In addition to this, there are links to resources and other websites which you could use. Please see our website to explore the opportunities!

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Comhdháil Lae chun comóradh a dhéanamh ar bhunú an Ghúim

Tá comhdháil lae á heagrú i gColáiste na hOllscoile, Baile Átha Cliath ar an Aoine, 21 Deireadh Fómhair chun comóradh a dhéanamh ar bhunú an Ghúim in 1926. Beidh scata cainteoirí spreagúla ag glacadh páirt ann agus beidh fáilte roimh chách.



Póstaer An Gúm 1926-2016 Comhdháil Lae


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Siamsaíocht@6! …start of a new season!

A new season of the popular monthly musical event ‘Siamsaíocht@6!’, organized by Gael Linn, kicks off on Thursday, 20 October next in the Powerscourt Townhouse Theatre, South William Street, Dublin.

Taking part will be Raw Bar Collective anchors, flute-player Conal Ó Gráda from Cork, Waterford native Benny McCarthy, who plays button accordion and melodeon, and fiddler Dave Sheridan who hails from Offaly, all long recognised as among the top instrumentalists in Ireland. With a refreshingly uncluttered approach to playing, the Raw Bar Collective present a vibrant and exciting earthy style of Irish Traditional music. The Raw Bar Collective focus on connecting with the listener. Their music is presented with warmth, wit, passion and respect, and they are much sought after for festivals and concerts at home and abroad.  The Raw Bar Collective  released their first album, ‘Millhouse Measures’ in 2011, and their latest, ‘Ag Fogairt an Lae’ has just come on stream.

An evening of exceptional music is guaranteed for those who come along to their concert in the Powerscourt Theatre on the 20 October. Starting at 6p.m., the event will conclude at 8p.m.  A selection of snacks, along with wine, beer, tea and coffee, will be available to buy in the venue. A small number of tickets are still available, at the reasonable price of €10. Pre-booking is advised – 087 254 7574 or  

Further information:  Niamh de Búrca 01 675 3303 or

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Folúntas: Post buan mar Phríomhthéarmeolaí le Foras na Gaeilge (Baile Átha Cliath)

Is mian le Foras na Gaeilge, an comhlacht forfheidhmithe a chuireann an Ghaeilge chun cinn ar fud oileán na hÉireann, an ceapachán seo a leanas a dhéanamh.

Príomhthéarmeolaí Tagairt: PT/0716

Beidh an post seo lonnaithe in oifigí Fhoras na Gaeilge, i mBaile Átha Cliath.
Is é an raon tuarastail don phost ná: €61,966 go €72,546 (Príomhoifigeach Cúnta)




Ní mór cóip chrua d’fhoirmeacha comhlánaithe lámhshínithe bheith faighte ag an seoladh thíos roimh 12 meánlae, Dé hAoine, 7 Deireadh Fómhair 2016.
Foras na Gaeilge,
7 Cearnóg Mhuirfean,
Baile Átha Cliath 2.

T: (00353) (01) 639 8412 

Ní ghlacfar le hiarratais ar ríomhphost



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‘The Irish Language Today and Yesterday’

There will be a series of talks held again this year in the Public Records Office of Northern Ireland in Belfast starting on the 13th September. This year’s theme is ‘The Irish Language Today and Yesterday’.


27th September                ‘Music and the Irish language’ by Fergus Ó hÍr (in English)

4th  October                        ‘Irish-Medium Education’ by Diarmaid Ua Bruadair (in English)

11th  October                      ‘Irish-Language Media’ by Tomaí Ó Conghaile (in English)

18th  October                      ‘Developing an Irish-Language Community’ by Niall Ó Cathain (in English)


Talks will begin at 1 p.m.

Free admission

Everyone welcome

An Ghaeilge Inniu agus Inné

For further information:



Professor Liam Mac Mathúna, Iain Fleming and Dr Liam Andrews discussing language matters in the Public Records Office of Northern Ireland (PRONI), Belfast

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Folúntas: Stiúrthóir na Gaeilge, An Roinn Ealaíon, Oidhreachta, Gnóthaí Réigiúnacha, Tuaithe agus Gaeltachta

Tá clár gnó fairsing iléagsúil ag an Roinn Ealaíon, Oidhreachta, Gnóthaí Réigiúnacha, Tuaithe agus Gaeltachta i dtaca le hoidhreacht, ealaíona agus cultúr shaibhre na hÉireann a chur chun cinn, dul chun cinn inbhuanaithe fadtéarmach geilleagrach agus sóisialta a bhrú chun cinn ar fud na tuaithe in Éirinn, chomh maith le cur chun cinn na Gaeilge, forbairt na Gaeltachta agus forbairt inbhuanaithe phobail na n-oileán.

Beidh Stiúrthóir na Gaeilge ag tuairisciú don Ard-Rúnaí, agus freagrach as tacú leis an nGaeilge agus í a neartú mar phríomhtheanga an phobail sa Ghaeltacht. Beidh sé/sí freagrach freisin as forbairt inbhuanaithe phobail na n-oileán a chur chun cinn agus gníomhaíochtaí a chomhordú ar fud na Roinne chun comhoibriú Thuaidh/Theas a chur chun cinn. Beidh an Stiúrthóir i gceannas ar Rannán na Gaeltachta agus lonnaithe in oifig na Roinne sna Forbacha, i nGaillimh.

Beidh an méid seo a leanas ag an iarrthóir idéalach:

• Taithí shuntasach ó thaobh cheannasaíochta, bhainistithe agus eagrúcháin de agus an cumas foirne atá scaipthe a stiúradh agus a fhorbairt;

• Leibhéal ard scileanna forbartha straitéise agus polasaí, agus cumas léirithe an t-aistriú ó straitéis go soláthar gníomhach athruithe a threorú;

• Scileanna cumarsáide agus tionchair den scoth, agus an cumas caidrimh éifeachtacha a chothú, go háirithe caidrimh sheachtracha le réimse leathan eagraíochtaí agus páirtithe leasmhara ábhartha;

• Scileanna labhartha agus scríofa Gaeilge den scoth agus éileofar air nó uirthi a dhualgais nó a dualgais a chur i gcrích trí Ghaeilge ar bhonn laethúil.

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