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 €34.5 million. The station has an audience of an average of 650,000 people each day in the Republic, a fifty per cent increase on 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, nightly news programme Nuacht TG4 (viewership circa. 8,000), current affairs programme 7 Lá and dubbed documentaries Fíorscéal. Other popular programs include or have included a dating show, Eochair an ghrá, a documentary about the Irish language abroad, Thar Sáile, travel shows such as 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 and Síle.

Cúla 4[edit]

Cúla 4 is a digital channel and carries TG4's strand of children's programmes. Programmes are broadcast Mondays–Sundays from 7 am to 9 am, then from 2:30 pm to 5:30 pm. At the Tourism and Sports post-Budget briefing, Minister Catherine Martin announced Cúla 4 will have its own TV channel launched by TG4. It's scheduled for 2023.

RTÉ One[edit]

Irish public broadcaster RTÉ has one channel, RTÉ One, which broadcasts Irish-language programmes such as news bulletin Nuacht RTÉ le TG4 and new programmes every year such as documentaries of various scandals that rocked Ireland Scannal and community programme Pobal. It was reported on in 2018 that circa. 70,000 viewers watch Nuacht RTÉ every evening on RTÉ One.[1]

RTÉ News[edit]

RTÉ News is a digital 24-hour news service available featuring national and international news. It broadcasts news mostly in the English language but also Nuacht TG4 le RTÉ, the daily Irish language news bulletin on RTÉ ONE television and repeats Nuacht TG4 at 11:30 each night.

Houses of the Oireachtas Channel[edit]

Houses of the Oireachtas Channel or Oireachtas TV is a digital television channel in the Republic of Ireland which broadcasts live from both the Irish houses of parliament Dáil Éireann and Seanad Éireann in Dublin and also broadcasts some Oireachtas committee meetings. It covers parliamentary debates in both official national languages English and Irish although it should be known that the vast bulk of Oireachtas debates take place through English.

BBC Two Northern Ireland[edit]

The Northern Irish variant of BBC Two 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.


Radio stations entirely in Irish[edit]

There are four 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


  • Raidió Rí-RáConradh na Gaeilge-run youth-orientated chart music station, currently broadcasting on the internet and in Dublin, Cork, Limerick and Galway on DAB. The station also broadcasts an hour long programme on weekday nights on Raidió na Gaeltachta and is the only youth radio station in a Celtic language. They hope to receive a national license to broadcast on FM.

Greater Dublin[edit]

Greater Belfast[edit]

  • Raidió Fáilte – community and community of interest radio station broadcasting in the Greater Belfast area. The station seeks to get a national license from Ofcom to be able to broadcast across Northern Ireland on FM radio.

Online radio stations[edit]

  • Raidió Rí-Rá – Conradh na Gaeilge-run Irish language chart music internet radio station which broadcasts in some areas on DAB. Conradh na Gaeilge hope for the station to receive funding and a national license for the station to broadcast across Ireland on FM.

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

Almost all other national, regional and local stations also have at least one (usually weekly) Irish-language programme such as the following radio stations:

Outside Ireland:


Regional / Community / Third Level:

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 (Wednesdays).

Newspapers with Irish-language columns[edit]

In addition to these, other newspapers which have Irish-language columns include:


  • 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]
  • An Músgraigheach Archived 4 January 2014 at the Wayback Machine – 1943–1945
  • An t-Eolaí – science magazine
  • An Phoblacht – Sinn Féin magazine- has Irish-language page
  • An tUltach – "Ulsterman" magazine- run by the Ulster branch of Conradh na Gaeilge (The Gaelic League).
  • 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 – 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
  • Timire
  • Zeitschrift für celtische Philologie – 1987–1997
  • Breac – An Chuallacht Ghaelach, UCC

Irish-language publishers[edit]

Irish language online book shops[edit]

Multilingual Irish publishers[edit]




Online news channels[edit]

Social networking[edit]

Online forums[edit]


Place name translator[edit]


Print to voice[edit]


Lunguashop Com/irish Several computer software products have the option of an Irish-language interface. Prominent examples include KDE,[3] Mozilla Firefox,[4] Mozilla Thunderbird,[4],[5] LibreOffice and various language packs for Microsoft products including Microsoft Office.[6] VBulletin the most popular software for hosting online chat forums has an Irish-language option. The option of using it is available on

Video games[edit]

In 2012 Derry City-based independent developer Black Market Games released Dead Hungry Diner, a fast-paced action-puzzler video game.[7] 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. This is credited as being the first commercial video game to be released in Irish.[8]

Minecraft has an Irish language option in a game released in 2012 in version 1.3.1.[9]

In 2015 the video game developer John Romero released a remake of the 1980s PC platformer, Dangerous Dave, featuring Irish as one of its languages.[10] Romero currently resides and works in Galway. Another game on which Romero was a key developer – Commander Keen – was used in 2005 by a fan called Benvolio to make a mod entirely in the Irish language: Bunny Basher 2.

In July 2021 Among Us launched the official Irish language translation of the game.[11]

Mobile technology[edit]

In 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 that year Samsung announced that 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.[12]

Since 2012, Adaptxt, a predictive texting app for Android, also includes Irish as an available language.

Interactive iBooks[edit]

Slí Draíochta an Gha Ghreine

Irish language apps[edit]

TeachMe! Irish

  • Abair leat (Irish language social networking site app)
  • Ag Sparoi le Claude
  • Aibítear na nAinmhithe agus na nÉan
  • An Chraic
  • Bábóg Baby
  • Cliúsaíocht as Gaeilge
  • Cúla 4
  • CúlaCaint
  • Cúlacaint2
  • Enjoy Irish
  • Get the Focal
  • Greann Gaeilge
  • Mo Shiopa Lidl
  • Olly an Veain Bheag Bhán

Gradaim Chumarsáide an Oireachtais[edit]

Once every year Oireachtas na Gaeilge hold Gradaim Chumarsáide an Oireachtais which are the annual Irish language awards for the Irish language media.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Mioneolas ar fáil den chéad uair faoi lucht féachana Nuacht TG4/RTÉ". (in Irish). Retrieved 9 March 2022.
  2. ^ "Cumann Gaeilge na hAstráile".
  3. ^ "KDE Irish Gaelic translation". Archived from the original on 4 July 2007. Retrieved 11 July 2007.
  4. ^ a b "Firefox in Irish". Archived from the original on 8 June 2007. Retrieved 19 June 2007.
  5. ^ "Bogearra den scoth, chomh maith agus a bhí sé ariamh, anois as Gaeilge" (in Irish). Retrieved 19 June 2007.
  6. ^ "Windows XP Pacáiste Comhéadan Gaeilge" (in Irish). Microsoft. Archived from the original on 9 June 2007. Retrieved 19 June 2007..
  7. ^ "Ghosts and Ghouls game as Gaeilge rises for Halloween |". 12 April 2013. Archived from the original on 12 April 2013. Retrieved 9 March 2022.
  8. ^ World Irish - The first computer game in Irish has been released
  9. ^ "Language". Minecraft Wiki. Retrieved 24 September 2023.
  10. ^ "Game design legend John Romero launches Irish language game". independent. Retrieved 9 March 2022.
  11. ^ Among Us launches official Irish language translation
  12. ^ "Gaeilge on your phone". RTÉ.ie. 6 November 2008.

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