Irish, or Gaeilge, is a member of the Goidelic branch of Celtic languages, spoken in the Republic of Ireland and in Northern Ireland. It is both the national and the first official language in the Republic of Ireland. In Northern Ireland it has no official status, but some funding is available for Irish-language projects.

According to census figures over a million people are able to speak Irish. Some geographical areas (Gaeltechtaí) or Gaeltacht / Ghaeltacht areas) are regarded as traditional strongholds of the language. There are also Irish speakers in the UK (Ríocht Aontaithe), the USA (Stáit Aontaithe Mheiriceá), Canada (Ceanada) and Australia (an Astráil).

There are three main dialects of Irish: (Source: Omniglot, 2007)

CLASSIFICATION = Indo-European family, SCRIPT = Latin (with occasional variation "Gaelic script")


Buntús cainte : first steps in spoken Irish. Céim a haon = Part one IR CBEG 5(PACK)
Buntús cainte : first steps in spoken Irish. Céim a dó = Part two IR CBEG 6(PACK)
Buntús cainte : first steps in spoken Irish. Céim a trí = Part three IR CBEG 7(PACK)
Complete Irish IR CBEG 1(PACK)
Gaeilge agus Fáilte : a first course in Irish language and culture for adults IR CBEG 4(PACK)
Irish for beginners IR CBEG 3(PACK)
Learning Irish [multimedia]: an introductory self-tutor IR CBEG 2; IR CBEG 2(CD PACK)
Progress in Irish : a graded course for beginners and revision IR CBEG 8
Irish conversation IR CINT 1(PACKS 1-2)
Speaking Irish : An ghaeilge bheo : Take your language skills beyond basics IR CINT 2(PACK)
Turas teanga: a multi-media course in Irish, developed and commissioned by RTÉ. IR CINT 3(PACK); IR CINT 3(DVD PACK)
Úrchúrsa Gaeilge IR CADV 1; IR CADV 1a


English-Irish dictionary IR DICO 1
Foclóir Gaeilge-Béarla IR DICO 2
Irish phrase book (2 copies) IR DICO 3


Aisling : a play set in mythological Ireland IR FILM 1(DVD)*
Gearrscannáin DVD IR FILM 3(PACKS 1-2)
Mise Éire IR FILM 2(DVD)*


Irish grammar IR GRAM 1
Irish grammar : a basic handbook (2 copies) IR GRAM 2; IR GRAM 2
Irish IR GRAM 3
Modern Irish : grammatical structure and dialectal variation IR GRAM 4
New Irish grammar IR GRAM 5


Bás i mBaile an Ghorta : úrscéal don fhoghlaimeoir fásta IR RFICT 1(PACK)
Padraic Pearse short stories IR RFICT 3
Tuairimi IR RFICT 2

Specific Purposes

Irish national cinema IR CINE 1


Irish : the Irish language in education in Northern Ireland IR REF 1