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It is a non-governmental, non-profit organisation, founded in 1953 to foster the Irish language and promote artistic events. On the business side, they run the Gael Linn record label, which is partly funded by the Irish state.
Gael Linn Records is an Irish reck label founded in 1956, it is run by the Irish language promotion organisation Gael Linn.
Gael Linn released records by many of the world's most renowned Gaelic and Irish Traditional musicians known today. They became one of the leading Irish Traditional and folk record labels after the release of Skara Brae's self-titled album, the single from that album also containing Clannad tracks from their own début album on the other side. Clannad was questionably their most popular act until the band's fame brought them to the attention of RCA in 1982. The members of Skara Brae have all released solo/duet albums under Gael Linn and have each become four of the most renowned musicians in the world: Maighréad & Tríona Ní Dhomhnaill and Mícheál Ó Domhnaill and Altan's Daithí Sproule.
Their roster also includes Andy Irvine, Paul Brady, The Bothy Band, De Dannan, Dolores Keane, Nóirín Ní Riain, Pádraigín Ní Uallacháin, Eithne Ní Uallachain, Gerry O'Connor and countless other prolific artists. Several of the recordings have been licensed to be reissued on the Green Linnet label. According to the Gael-Linn web site, the "Gael Linn record label was established in 1956 to provide an outlet for recordings of sean-nós singing and traditional music."