There are six lead Irish language organisations, all funded by Foras na Gaeilge. Each organisation focuses on one of six specific areas of work, as seen below.
These lead organisations are as follows: Gaelscoileanna, Conradh na Gaeilge, Gael Linn, Oireachtas na Gaeilge, Glór na nGael and Cumann na bhFiann.
Gaelscoileanna Teo focuses on the development of
Irish-medium schools at primary and at post-primary
level. This includes the provision of support
services for Irish-medium schools in Gaeltacht areas.
Conradh na Gaeilge is the democratic forum for the
Irish-speaking community and works on their behalf to promote
the language throughout the whole of Ireland and
around the world. Since its foundation on 31 July 1893,
members of Conradh na Gaeilge have been actively
promoting Irish in every aspect of life, from
legal and educational affairs to the development of new
media and services through Irish.
Coláiste na bhFiann was founded 46 years ago with
one purpose in mind – to create opportunities for
young people to use the Irish language outside of
the school setting. By enabling young people to use Irish on a social basis, the language becomes normalised for them.
Gael Linn was founded in 1953 and has been known
since then as an entrepreneurial organisation. The
main aim of the organisation is to foster and promote
the Irish language and its heritage throughout Ireland,
as a living language and as an expression of identity.
Glór an nGael is today tasked with responsibility for
three areas of work: language in the family, language
in business and enterprise and language in community
development. They also offer visitors the use of their
archives, both photographic and textual, which include
a wide range of language plans and reports.
Oireachtas na Gaeilge is committed to promoting
Irish-medium traditional arts and modern Irish-language
literature. They organise a wide range of events throughout
the year to celebrate these art forms, from literary
competitions such as Comórtais Liteartha an Oireachtais to
communications’ awards like Gradaim Chumarsáide an
They also organise the biggest annual festival for the Irish-speaking
community held each Halloween - Oireachtas na Samhna.
Stage competitions in sean-nós, story-telling, new composition, music and more are held as part of the festival, as well as conferences, seminars, exhibitions, dramas and launches.