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Pobal agus Gnó | Community and Business




To develop and cater for the promotion of the Irish language in the Community Sector and in the Private Business Sector.



The main roles of the Community and Business Section are:

  • To promote and develop the use of the Irish language in the community.
  • To develop the use of the Irish language in the private sector.



  • To promote the Irish language in the Community Sector and in the Private Business Sector on an all-island basis as well as overseas when appropriate.
  • To provide and administer core funding to the main Irish language organizations in the Community Sector.
  • To develop and implement funding support schemes for participants from the Community Sector.
  • To provide developmental grants and match-funding for suitable stakeholders to increase and normalize the use of Irish generally within the business sector on an all-island basis.
  • To initiate and develop research subjects concerning the use of Irish in the Community Sector and in the Private Business Sector in collaboration with suitable interested parties.
  • To develop and provide suitable support resources for the Community Sector and for the Private Business Sector.
  • Participation in strategic planning, in collaboration with other appropriate stakeholders in the Community Sector and the Private Business Sector, relating to the use and promotion of the Irish language in the field of both sectors respectively.
  • To provide specific advice and funding support, when appropriate, to all parties in the Private Business Sector for activities and development that aims to normalize the Irish language in the sector. Foras na Gaeilge provides support for this sector through our Business Support Scheme.


That will be done through the Schemes and other Support:



Core Funding

The provision and administration of annual grants for the main Irish language organizations that promote the Irish language within the Community Sector nationally.
Including: Comhaltas Uladh, Comhdháil Náisiúnta na Gaeilge, An Comhlachas Náisiúnta Drámaíochta, Conradh na Gaeilge, Seachtain na Gaeilge Teo. Forbairt Feirste, Glór na nGael, Iontaobhas Ultach, An tOireachtas, Pobal, Raidió Fáilte, Raidió na Life.


Funding Support Schemes (Community Sector)

To provide funding support to other stakeholders in the Irish Community Sector through public schemes aimed at promoting and normalizing the use of Irish at a local level.
Funding for the various schemes is awarded and provided based on established criteria that are advertised in the national media.


Current Grant Schemes

Among the current grant schemes are:


Irish Language Community Scheme 2011-2013 

An Irish Officers Developmental Scheme which is funded for three years to employ a full-time officer to implement an Irish language programme within the committee’s target area.
Closing date 8 March 2013 Click here for more information

Included in the current all-island network of Irish language developmental officers, are: An Clár as Gaeilge (Ennis), Coiste Forbartha Charn Tóchair (Magherafelt), Cumann Cultúrtha Mhic Reachtain (Belfast), An Droichead (Belfast), Gaelfhorbairt na Gaillimhe (Galway), Gaelphobal Cheantar an tSratha Báin (Strabane), Glór Cheatharlach (Carlow), Glór Gaeilge Locha Riach (Loughrea), Ionad Uíbh Eachach (Belfast), Muintir Chrónáin (Dublin), Coiste Dúiche Mhaigh Eo (Mayo), CnaG Boirche Íochtar (Down), Cumann Gaelach na hEaglaise (Baile Átha Cliath), Cairde Teo (Ard Mhacha), Cairde Uí Néill (Tír Eoghain), Glór na nGael, Uachtar Tíre (An Dún), Glór na Móna (Aontroim), CnaG, Craobh an Aonaigh (Tiobraid Árainn), Croí Éanna (Aontroim)

To access the 'Cumasú agus Cothú' booklet, click on the image below.


Partnership Schemes

The Business and Community Department has responsibility for some partnership projects in collaboration with the partners through which funding support is available. Included are:


All-Ireland Marketing Awards

Foras na Gaeilge is the main Irish language partner, as well as with The Marketing Institute of Ireland, of this all-island event which recognizes best practice in the marketing sector. The category ‘Gnó as Gaeilge / Marketing through Irish’ is included as part of this event which is sponsored by Foras na Gaeilge. Click here for more information. 

Click here for the shortlist and winner of the 2008 All-Ireland Marketing Awards.

Click here to view the 2010 shortlisted entries and winner


Top-Fifty Businesses as Gaeilge

Foras na Gaeilge was the main Irish language partner of this annual all-island event which recognized the top fifty companies who used the Irish language as a beneficial business tool. This event was organized in collaboration with the Belfast Media Group and representatives from the Private Business Sector.

Click here for the Top 50 Business as Gaeilge 2006

Click here for the Top 50 Business as Gaeilge 2007

Click here for the Top 50 Business as Gaeilge 2008

Click here for the Top 50 Business as Gaeilge 2010

Click here for the Top 50 Business as Gaeilge 2010 - Video


C-Store Awards

Foras na Gaeilge is the main Irish language partner of the ‘C-Store Awards’ competition which is organized by the magazine ShelfLife for retail outlets. The shop that best uses Irish within a retail marketing store is recognized through the new category ‘Best Practice of Irish in the Retail Environment’.


This year marked the tenth anniversary of Ireland's premier student awards – The National Student Media Awards.

These prestigious awards recognise the brightest up and coming third level media talent in the country.

There were two new categories in the SMEDIAS this year – The National Student Media Awards – budding broadcasters and journalists had an opportunity to submit their Irish language works in either of these two specialised categories:

Journalism in Irish (Radio)                                                                        

 Lynette Fay presenting the award to Therese McInerney - Winner of Raidió Award

For further information on the Smedias click here


The Irish Language Television Advertisement Awards

Foras na Gaeilge, in collaboration with TG4, organized a celebratory competition for television advertisement agencies in Winter, 2006. More than eighty television advertisements with Irish were collected and recognition was given to agencies and advertisers at a high profile celebratory event.


Support for the Business Private Sector

To provide specific advice and funding support, when appropriate, to all parties in the Private Business Sector for activities and development that aims to normalize the Irish language in the sector. Included in the support Foras na Gaeilge provides for this sector, are:










"Innovation in the Business Sector" Scheme Open

This is a fund which deals with applications aimed at practical development in the private business sector and which will facilitate or promote the use of Irish as a business / marketing tool. Research and economic assessment is included in such a scheme on a partnership basis with Foras na Gaeilge. 


Departmental Research

The Community and Business Department, in collaboration with the Corporate Planning Department, is responsible for the definition of research subjects relating to the fields of the Community Sector and the Private Business Sector. Independent research is usually used to revaluate the department’s policies and support provision in accordance with both sectors ever-changing requirements.

Research relating to the Community Sector

Research relating to the Business Sector







Provision of Other Resources and Support

Foras na Gaeilge provide the parties of both sectors with specific amenities and services free of charge. Including:


Gnó Means Business

Gnó Means Business is a separate section on It is a central information source relating to Irish in the context of the Business Sector. As well as this, there will be a sample picture archive, a list of support sources, downloadable templates, an online self-service ordering system, research results etc. Click here for more information

Business Package 

Foras na Gaeilge provide a wide range of general support aids for investment in the Irish language in a business environment and which are available on a continuing basis or as a complete package. They may be ordered through the online self-service ordering system or by telephoning, and they will be sent out to you in the post. Click here for more information


Publicity Material

Foras na Gaeilge provide publicity material for events and activities related to community affairs.


Information Stands

We have an information stand and representatives from the section are available to attend events with suitable stands for either community or business events.



Dublin Office:

Éamonn Ó hArgáin:  Director of Development Services

Dr Gearóid Trimble:  Programme Manager

Caoimhín Ó Cadhla

Cris Ní Choisdealbha

Belfast Office:

Mairtín Mac Cathmhaoil

Gaoth Dobhair Office:

Colm Ó Baoill

Caitríona Nic Seoin

Contact Details

Dublin Office:                   

Tel: + 353 1 639 8400

Fax: + 353 1 6398401                      

Belfast Office:     

Tel:  +44 28 90890970

Fax: +44 28 90890972

Gaoth Dobhair Office:

Tel:  +35374 9560113 / 9560114

Email: or

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