List of Irish language media

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The following is a list of media available in the Irish language.


Current channels[edit]


"TG4", originally known as Teilifís na Gaeilge (TnaG), broadcasts on terrestrial television in both the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland. It has an annual budget of €38 million. The station has an audience of almost 800,000 people each day in the Republic, almost double what it was in the 1990s. The station's anchor shows are the long-running soap opera Ros na Rún (160,000 weekly viewership), popular teen drama Aifric and the news programme Nuacht TG4 (viewership 35,000). Other popular programs have included a dating show, Eochair an ghrá, a documentary about the Irish language abroad, Thar Sáile, reportage in Fíorscéal, the travel show Amú Amigos (viewership 50,000), Seacht / Seven - a university drama set in Belfast (viewership 40,000), the dating game Paisean Faisean, South Park in Irish, chat show Ardán, talent show Nollaig No. 1, and children's shows Cúla 4, Síle.

RTÉ One[edit]

Irish public broadcaster RTÉ has one channel, RTÉ One, which broadcasts Irish-language programmes such as: news bulletin Nuacht RTÉ, docuseries of various scandals that rocked Ireland Scannal and community programme Pobal.

BBC Two Northern Ireland[edit]

BBC Two Northern Ireland has its own Irish-language department producing some well-known programmes such as: music programme for young people Imeall Geall, music programme Blas Ceoil, youth drama Teenage Cics, documentary Isteach Chun An Oileáin, cartoon Na Dódaí, interior-decor show Gaisce Gnó and community programme Féile an Phobail. It is funded by the Irish Language Broadcast Fund which has been given £12 million over a five year period.

Cúla 4[edit]

Cúla 4 is a digital channel and carries TG4's strand of children's programmes. Programmes are broadcast Mondays-Sundays from 7am - 9am, then from 2.30pm-5.30pm.

RTÉ News Now[edit]

RTÉ News Now is a 24-hour live news service available on the RTÉ website featuring national and international news. It broadcasts a mix of mostly English-language but also some Irish language and Irish-sign-language TV news bulletins and political programmes. It broadcasts the following programmes in Irish: Cinnlínte Nuachta, Nuacht RTÉ, Nuacht TG4, Pobal, Timpeall na Tíre and 7 Lá.

Future digital channels[edit]

RTÉ International[edit]

RTÉ International is a new digital TV station that is expected to be on air as of 2010. It will also contain some Irish-language programmes from TG4 and will be available in Britain, Europe and North America for the Irish expatriate community.

Houses of the Oireachtas Channel[edit]

Houses of the Oireachtas Channel is a proposed digital television channel in the Republic of Ireland from 2009, which will show live broadcasts from the both Irish houses of parliament Dáil Éireann and Seanad Éireann in Dublin. It will cover parliamentary debates in both Irish and English.

Any complaints regarding the provision of services, including media in Irish within the Republic can be directed to An Coimisinéir Teanga (The Language Commissioner).


Radio stations entirely in Irish[edit]

There are six radio stations that broadcast entirely in Irish:


  • RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta (RnaG) - a national radio station which is part of the RTÉ franchise broadcasting throughout the entire island of Ireland with an annual budget of approximately €13 million similar in size to BBC Radio Cymru.


  • Anocht FM - "Night FM" (translated into English) broadcasts on the same frequency as Raidió na Gaeltachta but is aimed at a young audience.
  • Raidió Rí-Rá - a youth-orientated chart music station, currently broadcasting on the internet and during March on an FM radio multi-city licence in Dublin, Cork, Limerick and Galway as part of Seachtain na Gaeilge. The station is the only youth radio station in a Celtic language and was expected to be available on digital DAB as of Summer 2009.

Greater Dublin[edit]

Greater Belfast[edit]

Irish trad & rock music[edit]

Stations with daily/weekly Irish-language programming[edit]

Almost all national, regional and local stations also have regular Irish-language programming such as the following radio stations:

Outside of Ireland:



Top 40 Oifigiúil na hÉireann and Giotaí[edit]

A company called Digital Audio Productions specialising in all aspects of radio programming has created two very successful Top 40 Oifigiúil na hÉireann and Giotaí brands of Irish-language radio programmes.

Top 40 Oifigiúil na hÉireann (Ireland's Official Top 40) is a new phenomenon, and it has become increasingly popular to hear the Irish Top 40 hits being presented entirely in Irish on what are regarded as English-language radio stations such as:




  • Seachtain Weekly Supplement with The Irish Independent (Wednesday)
  • Anam Beo - Based in Brussels, the first Irish-language newspaper ever in Belgium produced by Pobal Gaeilge na Bruiséile.


Newspapers with Irish-language columns[edit]

In addition to these, the other English-language newspapers include Irish-language columns but sometimes with no great regularity:


  • [1] An Gael (print and digital) - international literary journal based in the United States.
  • An Gaeilgeoir
  • An Lúibín - Australian fortnightly newsletter - language, culture, environment, current affairs. See Irish Language Association of Australia website.[2]
  • [3] An Músgraigheach, 1943–1945
  • An t-Eolaí - science magazine
  • An tUltach - "Ulsterman" magazine.
  • Beo - topical monthly online magazine (now available in archived form only)
  • Càrn
  • Celtica
  • Comhar - monthly literary and current affairs magazine.
  • Cumasc
  • Éigse
  • Feasta - monthly literary and current affairs magazine.
  • Gaelscoil magazine - education magazine.
  • Harvard Celtic Colloquium - 1981-1994
  • International Congress of Celtic Studies: (1959–1995)
  • Iris na Gaeilge - magazine from the society "Irish Cambridge"
  • Journal of Celtic Language Learning
  • Journal of Celtic Linguistics
  • Luimne - Mary Immaculate College magazine, 1999–2000
  • Muintir Acla
  • Nós - popular monthly youth magazine.
  • Oghma
  • Popnuacht - pop news
  • Zeitschrift für celtische Philologie - 1987-1997


Online Book Shops[edit]





Online News Channels[edit]

Online Radio Stations[edit]


Social Networking[edit]



Place Name Translator[edit]


Print to Voice[edit]


Several computer software products have the option of an Irish-language interface. Prominent examples include KDE,[1] Mozilla Firefox,[2] Mozilla Thunderbird,[2],[3] LibreOffice and various language packs for Microsoft products including Microsoft Office,[4] VBulletin the mostly popular software for hosting online chat forums has an Irish-language option. It is used by, and

Video games[edit]

On October 23, 2012, Derry City-based Independent video game developer, Black Market Games, released Dead Hungry Diner, a fast-paced action-puzzler video game.[5] An Irish-language version of Dead Hungry Diner, in conjunction with Foras na Gaeilge, was subsequently made available for free from Black Market Games' website, with the intent of promoting learning through Irish. Dead Hungry Diner is credited as being the first commercial video game to be released in Irish.[6]

Mobile technology[edit]

In May 2008, the mobile phone maker Samsung said that it would create a mobile phone specifically for the Irish-language market, which would include Irish-language predictive text. Later, in November 2008, Samsung then announced all of its new phones launched from 2009 onwards would have "Gael Fón" - a feature allowing Irish as a language option, including predictive text, which was developed by the company - as standard.[7]

As of November 2012, Adaptxt, a predictive texting app for Android, also includes Irish (alongside Scottish Gaelic and Manx) as an available language.

Interactive iBooks[edit]

Slí Draíochta an Gha Ghreine

Irish language Apps[edit]

  • Abair leat (Irish language social networking site app)
  • Bábóg Baby
  • Cliúsaíocht as Gaeilge
  • Cúla 4
  • CúlaCaint
  • Enjoy Irish
  • Get the Focal
  • Greann Gaeilge

October 2012 TG4 (Irish language TV channel) launched three new children apps for iPhones/iPads/iPods:

  • Cúlacaint2
  • Olly an Veain Bheag Bhán
  • Ag Sparoi le Claude (released near the end of 2012)

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "KDE Irish Gaelic translation". Archived from the original on 2007-07-04. Retrieved 2007-07-11. 
  2. ^ a b "Firefox in Irish". Retrieved 2007-06-19. 
  3. ^ "Bogearra den scoth, chomh maith agus a bhí sé ariamh, anois as Gaeilge" (in Irish). Retrieved 2007-06-19. 
  4. ^ "Windows XP Pacáiste Comhéadan Gaeilge" (in Irish). Microsoft. Retrieved 2007-06-19. .
  5. ^ - Ghosts and Ghouls game as Gaeilge rises for Halloween: Caife Craosach a first for PC gaming
  6. ^ World Irish - The first computer game in Irish has been released
  7. ^ RTÉ News - Gaeilge on your phone

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