Anthology launched at a celebration of the European project

Other Words Anthology was launched on the 31 July 2019 at 6 p.m. at Foras na Gaeilge headquarters, 63-66 Amiens Street, Dublin 1. Anthology is published as part of the European project Other Words. It is a collection of prose and poetry written by Irish language, Basque, Frisian, Slovenian and Macedonian writers who took part in the project. Foras na Gaeilge Chief Executive, Seán Ó Coinn, launched the printed version of Anthology. As part of the event the participating Irish language writers who took part in the project, Aifric Mac Aodha, Réaltán Ní Leannáin, Diarmuid de Faoite, Cathal Póirtéir, and Colm Ó Ceallacháin, shared their experience and work.

The Other Words project is a partnership programme between cultural and language organisations in European regions, with the aim of creating a network of creative placements for European writers of small and minority languages. During the placements the writers spent residential periods in participating regions working with subjects dealing with themes, issues and social groups connected to lesser-used languages, and they wrote literary texts dealing with these subjects, at all times keeping in contact and cooperating with the host community and casting light on the creative process.

One of the objectives of the project was to foster literature created in minority and small languages and to promote cooperation between writers. All the texts created were translated during the placements to the participant languages and to English. As a result we can share “other words” and “other peoples’ words”.

Foras na Gaeilge Chief Executive, Seán Ó Coinn, said, “Other Words is very worthwhile project, which has shown how the European City of Culture status can exert an influence, not only nationally but internationally. This project arose from the status of European City of Culture awarded to Donostia-San Sebastián in 2016. It gave a rare opportunity to Irish language writers and writers in other minority languages to present their work to a much wider readership than they would normally have, and it provided them with an international platform. As well as that, through the residential placements abroad the writers had an opportunity to get to know and become familiar with other writers working in those minority languages and regions taking part. It would be great if this project, which has now come to an end, could be built on now that the status of European City of Culture has been awarded to Ireland’s cultural and Irish language city, Galway.

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International TOTh Workshop 2019 – Term Formation

Call for abstracts

Often neglected in discourse on terminology work, the study of term formation principles, methods, approaches and styles within a given language or languages yields rich insights into how languages behave in relation to designating concepts, especially in specialized domains. Differing behaviour is particularly evident when comparing terminology of languages from quite different language families. And approaches to term formation often excite animated debate within language communities – how terms are received or viewed by users can sometimes produce contradictory results.

Thus, we invite interested parties to a one-day workshop to explore the landscapes of term formation within and across languages. Given the influx of terminology from English into other languages, are there things we could learn from one another about how new terms are formed in our various languages?

Those interested in offering a paper at the TOTh Workshop 2019 should send an extended abstract of 2-3 pages (including bibliography),  in English, French or Irish, giving a provisional title and outline of the intent of the paper, to by 9th August. Acceptance of papers will be confirmed by 15th September.

While registration for the workshop is required, those presenting papers will not incur a fee for attendance. The organisers will host lunches and a social event, and participants are required to take care of their own travel and accommodation costs.

Further details about the workshop will be available nearer the time at and enquiries may be directed to

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Céad milliún cuardach agus céad milliún buíochas

Bhí ábhar ceiliúrtha againn le déanaí nuair a rinneadh an 100,000,000ú cuardach ar shuíomh té, an Bunachar Náisiúnta Téarmaíochta don Ghaeilge. Cuireadh tús leis an tionscadal seo in 2005 agus tá sé ag dul ó neart go neart ó shin. Cuimsíonn saothar an Choiste Téarmaíochta réimse leathan ábhar teicniúil ach, mar a tharlaíonn sé, bhí an 100,000,000ú cuardach a rinneadh ar an suíomh ar cheann de na hiontrálacha is simplí sa bhunachar: forc!

Éacht mór é seo don Choiste Téarmaíochta a bhfuil a ollsaothar téarmaíochta foilsithe ann, do Fiontar & Scoil na Gaeilge (DCU) a dhéanann forbairt agus bainistiú ar an mbunachar, agus d’Fhoras na Gaeilge, a chuireann maoiniú ar fáil. É sin ráite, ní bheadh an t-éacht seo indéanta murach úsáideoirí an tsuímh, ar ndóigh, agus is muidne atá fíorbhuíoch díbh uilig as ucht bhur gcuid tacaíochta ó thús an tionscadail. Ar aghaidh linn anois go dtí an chéad chloch mhíle eile!

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Come join us!

Foras na Gaeilge requests the pleasure of your company at its headquarters, 63-66 Amiens Street, Dublin 1 at 6 p.m. on the 31 July to celebrate the European literary project Other Words. Other words supported writers who work in Irish, Basque, Macedonian and Slovenian.

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Consultation of the Irish language media sector

Foras na Gaeilge would like to begin a public consultation of the Irish language media sector, both print and online media.

We would like to hear the public's opinion and there is a copy of the cunsultation document below:

Consultation of the Irish media sector


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€400,000 worth of grants approved by Foras na Gaeilge board

At a Foras na Gaeilge board meeting on the 14 June 2019, in the Foras na Gaeilge offices in Ráth Chairn, Co. Meath, grants to the value of €427,805 were approved in the areas of youth, writing and publishing.

Grants worth €247,825 were approved for the Youth Activities Scheme 2019/20, which gives opportunities for use to young people, which encourages them to use the Irish language in an enjoyable way. The grants will enable the grantees to organise at least 12 sessions during the school year focusing on young people between 3 years and 18 years old outside of school. It is estimated that more than 4,000 children will take part in the activities.

In the area of publishing €140,480 worth of commissions were approved for the 2019 Commissions Scheme to support those involved in Irish language literature in catering for the demand in the various areas of reading. As well as the grants in the area of publishing, €39,500 worth of grants will be awarded to potential new writers and mentors under the Mentoring Scheme 2019. This scheme gives a valuable opportunity to writers at the start of their writing career to get advice about their writing and the craft of writing in general from recognised writers.

Foras na Gaeilge chief executive, Seán Ó Coinn, said, “The big demand for the Youth Activities Scheme from year to year and the dedication of applicants in terms of providing opportunities to young people to use Irish socially outside of school is a source of optimism for me. We are concerned, however, that the fund for this scheme has been reduced by 26% and that we will not be able to support the same number of grantees. Foras na Gaeilge funding has been greatly reduced since the time of the economic crisis and the funding has not increased since then.

As for the Mentoring Scheme, it is also a source of optimism for us that there are new writers coming forward wishing to improve their craft through the Mentoring Scheme. There has been a growth in recent years in Irish language publishing, especially in the genre of children’s books, and we hope that the writers who are benefiting from this scheme will be stepping forward as Irish language writers in the years ahead.”


Further Information

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

Tel: 0035387 673 6175    



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Colmcille heritage celebrated in Christ Church Cathedral

The heritage of Colmcille or Columba was celebrated at a special event in the Music Room in Christ Church Cathedral on Saturday 8 June, the eve of the Feast of Colmcille. 2020-21 will be the 1500th anniversary of Colmcille’s birth, and the night gave a taste in Irish and in English of that heritage internationally and in Dublin itself.

Colmcille is a partnership programme between Foras na Gaeilge and Bòrd na Gàidhlig, which promotes the use of Irish and Scottish Gaelic in Ireland and in Scotland and between the two countries. Foras na Gaeilge organised the event in conjunction with Údarás na Gaeltachta, Donegal County Council, Derry City and Strabane District Council, and Oideas Gael, and as part of the Colmcille partnership programme between Foras na Gaeilge and Bòrd na Gaeilge in Scotland.

Foras na Gaeilge chief executive, Seán Ó Coinn, said, “Tonight, the 8 June, is the eve of the Feast of Saint Colmcille or Columba. He died in Iona in Scotland on 9 June. Ever since people have been commemorating Colmcille. At midnight tonight people will be walking and praying on the Colmcille pilgrimage in Gleann Cholm Cille and in Gartan. There will be celebration in many places in Donegal and in Colmcille’s beloved Derry. There no figure in history that better reveals the links between the Irish language community in Ireland and the Scottish Gaelic community in Scotland, as well as our shared heritage.

This event tonight is being organised by Foras na Gaeilge, conjunction with Bòrd na Gaeilge in Scotland, Údarás na Gaeltachta, Donegal County Council, Derry City and Strabane District Council, and Oideas Gael. I would like to thank all these, and their representatives here tonight. I would especially like to thank the dean and board of Christ Church Cathedral for providing us this historic venue which has a link to Colmcille, and Canon Gary Hastings for kindly welcoming us. I would like to particularly thank Dr Brian Lacey who has done so much to bring to light the history and legacy of Saint Colmcille for much more than twenty years, Gearóidín Bhreathnach, the storyteller and singer from Rann na Feirste, and Dr Ann Buckley from Trinity College and the singers from Amra Schola who we will hear tonight.”

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More than 7,000 young authors take part in Scríobh Leabhar 2018/19

At events on the 20 and 21 May 2019 in Tralee Education Centre awards were presented to some of the 1,352 children who created, designed and published their own books in Irish as part of the Foras na Gaeilge Scríobh Leabhar (Write a Book) project in County Kerry. The former GAA player and winner of Dancing with the Stars Aidan O’Mahony was in attendance as special guest on the night to celebrate their achievement with the children.

In total this year 120 schools and more than 7,000 children took part in the project and more than 4,000 books were written. Similar events will be held in coming weeks to celebrate what young pupils throughout the country have achieved. Foras na Gaeilge organises Scríobh Leabhar in conjunction with some education centres: Clare Education Centre, West Cork Education Centre, Dublin West Education Centre, Carrick-on-Shannon Education Centre, Laois Education Centre, Tralee Education Centre, Kilkenny Education Centre, Cork Education Support Centre, Gort an Choirce Teachers’ Centre in Donegal and An tÁisaonad in Belfast.

More than 50,000 pupils have taken part in Scríobh Leabhar since it was set up in the 2006/2007 school year. Not only do pupils write their own book as part of this project but they also have the opportunity to read and discuss stories by children from other schools.  It gives an exciting opportunity to children to express their feelings through Irish. As well as that, it fosters cooperation between school communities and makes the children aware of the concept of peer review and it especially fosters creativity and a holistic approach to child development. Teachers also have a central role in Scríobh Leabhar, and they are given in-service training to help them help the children in their efforts. 

“Scríobh Leabhar gives an opportunity to young children to show their ability, their creativity and their enthusiasm for Irish from a very young age. One of the aims of Foras na Gaeilge is for young people to have opportunities to speak and write and this aim is clearly achieved by Scríobh Leabhar. There has been a great deal achieved when you look at the number of children and schools that have taken part in the project since it was started more than ten years ago”, said Seán Ó Coinn, Foras na Gaeilge CEO. “We are indebted to the Tralee Education Centre and all the other centres for taking part again this year. The centres deserve fulsome praise, as do the children and teachers for the exponential growth of the project”, he said.

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Baoite in The Abbey Theatre


Present a major new Abbey Theatre Commission




A fishing family in the west of Ireland leads a desperate fight to defend their coastal community from the imminent threat of offshore fracking. But the constant pressure of campaigning mounts and hidden fractures appear in the once-solid clan, as lies, legacies, deceit and ultimate betrayal destroy the community.


This tense thriller traces the silence, shame, and lies at the heart of the Irish psyche, through the eyes of activist Cáit. Cáit is 38. Cáit wants children. Her third attempt at IVF has just failed. Burdened with debt, she now faces selling out her community to get what she wants...

Cast includes Máirtín Jaimsie Ó Flaithearta (AN KLONDIKE), Diarmuid De Faoite (CORP + ANAM), Sorcha Ní Chéide (PURSUIT), and Eoin Ó Dubhghaill (GRACE HARTE), featuring an original soundtrack performed live by Saileog Ní Cheannabháin (RAELACH RECORDS) and Maitiú Ó Casaide (TG4 Young Musician of the Year ‘15). Set design by artist Seán Ó Flaithearta. Written & directed by Darach Mac Con Iomaire.


Performed in Irish with English subtitles


In association with:

Foras Na Gaeilge | Dublin City Council | Galway City Council




FOR TICKETS PLEASE CONTACT: Róisín McGann, Press Manager, Abbey Theatre on



Dates: 17 - 25 May 2019

Free First Preview: 17 May 2019

Opening night: 20 May 2019

Times: 8pm ( Matinee on 25 May at 2.30pm)




Cáit: Sorcha Ní Chéide

Tom: Diarmuid De Faoite

Pat: Máirtín Jaimsie Ó Flaithearta

Simon: Eoin Ó Dubhghaill

Written & Directed by: Darach Mac Con Iomaire

Set Design: Seán Ó Flaithearta

Costume Design: Clíodhna Hallissey

Lighting Design: Susan Collins & Matt Burke

Live Music: Saileog Ní Cheannabháin

Live Music: Maitiú Ó Casaide

Music/Sound Design: Steve Lynch

Sound Engineering: Joe Bean

Stage Manager: Úna Ní Fhlatharta

Rigger: Eoghan Ó Giobúin

Set Construction: Gavin Morgan

Publicity: Ciara Ní É

Production Manager: Féilim Ó hAoláin


The Abbey Theatre gratefully acknowledges the support of

The Arts Council/An Chomhairle Ealaíon

The Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht


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Siúlóid ar Shlí Cholmcille

2 p.m. Dé hAoine an 10 Bealtaine 2019

Ó Pháirc Náisiúnta Ghleann Bheatha go Gartán

Beidh siúlóid ar Shlí Cholmcille Dé hAoine an 10 Bealtaine 2019 go Gartán, an áit ar saolaíodh Naomh Colmcille. Beidh Bláthnaid Rua Ní Chofaigh ó RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta ar an tsiúlóid, agus í ag cur spéis i mbeatha an naoimh agus sa chomóradh atá ag teacht ó 2020 go dtí 2021 ar 1500 bliain ó saolaíodh Colmcille. Beidh  an staraí agus seandálaí Brian Lacey ann le scéalta ar Cholmcille agus le heolas faoin tseandálaíocht. Áirítear Colmcille mar aon le Bríd agus Pádraig mar thrí naomhphátrún na hÉireann, agus tá ómós ar leith do Cholmcille  in Éirinn agus in Albain. Nascann Slí Cholmcille ( áiteanna in Éirinn agus in Albain a bhfuil baint acu le Colmcille agus a chuid mainistreacha. Tá an tsiúlóid á heagrú ag an chlár Colmcille de chuid Fhoras na Gaeilge i gcomhar le RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta.

Tosóidh an tsiúlóid ag 2 p.m. Dé hAoine an 10 Bealtaine i gcarrchlós Pháirc Náisiúnta Ghleann Bheatha agus críochnóidh sí ar láthair bhreithe Cholmcille i nGartán. Beidh bus ar fáil chun pilleadh ar Ghleann Bheatha ina dhiaidh sin. Mairfidh an tsiúlóid féin tuairim is dhá uair an chloig. Tá cosán maith siúil ann, ach moltar do dhaoine bróga díonmhara agus cóta fearthainne a thabhairt leo.  Iarrtar ar dhaoine €3 a thabhairt leo le haghaidh chostas an bhus.

Eolas: Aodh Mac Ruairí, fón 074 95 60113

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