Foras na Gaeilge
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.
- Current Grant Schemes
- Sponsored Partnerships
- Private Business Sector Support
- Sector’s Related Research
- Provision of Other Resources and Support
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 www.gaeilge.ie. 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
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
Foras na Gaeilge provide publicity material for events and activities related to community affairs.
We have an information stand and representatives from the section are available to attend events with suitable stands for either community or business events.
Éamonn Ó hArgáin: Director of Development Services
Dr Gearóid Trimble: Programme Manager
Caoimhín Ó Cadhla
Cris Ní Choisdealbha
Mairtín Mac Cathmhaoil
Gaoth Dobhair Office:
Colm Ó Baoill
Caitríona Nic Seoin
Tel: + 353 1 639 8400
Fax: + 353 1 6398401
Tel: +44 28 90890970
Fax: +44 28 90890972
Gaoth Dobhair Office:
Tel: +35374 9560113 / 9560114