There are many small and medium-sized businesses involved in the provision of goods or services, who conduct their business solely through Irish, particularly in Gaeltacht areas.
It is important to the Irish-language community to be able to do business in their language of choice. Companies that deal mainly in English may hire a bilingual member of staff to enable them to offer services to Irish language speakers.
Companies tend to recruit staff with qualifications, experience and technical skills relevant to their business. In addition to the required skill set, fluency in Irish is valuable to companies targeting the Irish language community.
- The Irish language is a central part of the ethos of key organisations in the Leisure, Sport & Fitness sector, such as the Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA) and Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann. The Government recognises and provides support for the significant role they play in promoting the Irish language.
- The Broadcasting Authority of Ireland provides funding for Irish language programming on television and radio under the broadcast funding scheme, Sound and Vision. Television TG4 is the Irish language broadcaster, based in the Connemara Gaeltacht. It provides a wide range of programming including sports.
What are the main occupations where Irish may be used?
What types of courses might help?
The following are important strengths when looking for a job with Irish language skills
- A degree in any subject
- Excellent standard of Irish and English – both written and spoken
- A keen interest in the Irish language
- A knowledge of Irish language organisations.
Where to go for further InformationThe Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA)
Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann