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   Irish Language Resources

London Irish Centre

Serving the welfare, social and cultural needs of the Irish community in London.

www.londonirishcentre.org,

culture@irishcentre.org.

tel: 02079162222

Eo Teilifís not available at present 18/2/2016

Newspapers: Irish language newspapers are no longer in print. Saol, Foinse and many others have closed down.

Online resources are listed in Links

Oideas Gael www.oideas-gael.com - for Irish language learning and teaching aids

Beo www.beo.ie - Iris idirlin do lucht na Gaeilge

Cló Iar-Chonnachta - www.cic.ie: CIC: Irish books and Irish music from CIC publishing company in Connemara, Ireland

The Four Provinces Bookshop
In Britain, there is a fine tradition of writing and publishing in Irish.  Writers like Dónall Mac Amhlaigh, Pádraig de Baróid and Máire Ní Chuinn have received much praise. The best place in Britain to get Irish language publications is “The Four Provinces Bookshop” in London.  They hold over 2,000 Irish titles, and can arrange mail order delivery.  The best time to enquire about Irish language books is from Wednesday to Saturday.  (Tel. 020 7833 3022.)

Books

There are many good books for learners and improvers Check the internet. Older books include:

“Irish For Beginners.”   Usborne.  ISBN 0-7460-0383-8.  Book and tape.  A cartoon-style book that none–the- less reaches quite a fairly high standard.

Teach Yourself Irish.”  Hodder and Stoughton.  ISBN 0-340-79984-6.   Book and CD.  A more detailed course for beginners. (Great book for beginners.)

Progress In Irish.”  The Education company.  ISBN 0-86167-159-7.  Excellent book of exercises and grammar.

Irish in the Media

Raidió na Gaeltachta’ is available via the internet all over the world.
Raidió na Life’ broadcasts in Ireland on 106.4 FM
RTÉ Ireland's national radio and television company http://www.rte.ie/ . See the RTÉ player.
BBC - Radio Ulster broadcasts occasional programs in Irish. Blas - is their Irish Language Magazine broadcast on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday at 7 pm. Is é Blas príomhchlár Gaeilge an stáisiún, a chraoltar Luan, Máirt, Déardaoin agus Aoine á chur I láthair ag Lynette Fay, Tomaí Ó Conghaile is Brian Mullen. Catch it on BBC Radio Ulster iplayer.

Music

There is a wealth of Irish language music available.  From traditional sean-nós singing to rock music.  Many themes are strikingly modern.  For example, Róisín Elsafty’s  song about Palestine caused quite a stir in the past.  Carmel Silver lives in Britain, but her Irish language recordings are played regularly on Irish radio.

Two excellent Irish language singers to look out for are Gearóidín Breathnach and Aoife Ní Fhearraigh.  Tadhg Mac Dhonnagáin writes wonderfully droll songs in a mock Rhythm and Blues style.

To get a flavour of the range of Irish language music available, look out for the CDs “Éist” and “Éist Arís.”  Both sold very well on release and would be available in most Irish music shops.  (Both CDs released by Dara Records and Foras na Gaeilge.)