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Irish-language Books

This article provides information on Irish-language books -sellers, publishers and events.


Where to find them?

Conradh na Gaeilge run an Irish language bookshop at 6 Harcourt Street, open 9.30 – 17.30 Monday to Friday and 10.00 – 16.00 on Saturdays. 

Litríocht sell a wide range of Irish language books online, which you can order for delivery.

An Ceathrú Póilí is an independent Irish language book shop, situated in Cultúrlann McAdam Ó Fiaich in Belfast.  They open from 9:00 to 17:30 Monday to Friday, and 9:30 to 17:00 on Saturdays. 

An Siopa Gaeilge issituated in Gleann Cholm Cille, Donegal. It is run by Oideas Gael, who have been teaching Irish to adult learners since 1984. The shop specializes in material suitable for the Irish language learner and teacher, as well as material for children and traditional music resources. 

Gaelchultúr provide not only a range of Irish language books, but also a selection of CD’s, greetings cards, t-shirts and games. 

Festivals, events and clubs

Imram is a yearly Irish language literature festival, which was set up in 2014. It aims to promote modern Irish language books and literature through a wide range of event in Dublin city. 

Clubleabhar.com was set up by Gaelchultúr Teo in 2004. The project encourages people in Ireland and all over the world to form book clubs for Irish language books. The site promotes one book a month, and provides a platform for discussion and support.

15 books to read for the adult learner

Here are some recommendations from the network of Irish Language Teachers for Adults (Múinteoirí Gaeilge d’Aosaigh). 

  1. Éalú, by hÁine Ní Fhoghlú
  2. Dúnmharú ar an Dart, by R Ó Báille
  3. Tuairimí, by Honor Mhic Giolla Chlaoin
  4. An Geall, by Liam Mac Uistín
  5. An Mianadóir, by Jackie Mac Donncha
  6. An Strainséir, by Brian Ó Tiomáin
  7. An Gaeilgeoir Grámhar, by hAlan Desmond
  8. Teach na gColúr, by hAisling Ní Leidhin agus Liam Mac Amhlaigh
  9. Fianaise, by Mícheál Ó Ruairc
  10. Cathair an Tíogair by Feargal Ó Dubhghaill
  11. Nuair a Stadann an Ceol, by Marie Whelton
  12. Bóthar na Rós, by hOrna Ní Choileáin
  13. Fadó Riamh… ag an Tús, by hÁine Ní Ghlinn
  14. An Jailtacht: Dialann Emily Porter, by Richie Conroy
  15. Leathbhádóirí, by Marie Whelton

Publishers

Below is a list of Irish language book publishers, along with their contact details. 

An Gúm

🔗 forasnagaeilge.ie/angum

State Publisher for Irish Language books –  they manly print books for you people, children, school books and dictionaries. 

An Sagart

An Sagart publish books for students, scholarly series and journals  as well as modern literature both prose, poetry, spirituality, theology and drama. Contact them at pof@diseart.ie 

An tSnáthaid Mhór

🔗antsnathaidmhor.com 

Irish language books for young people and children illustrated with beautiful pictures. Contact them at andrewwhitson@hotmail.com

Cló Chaisil

Books based on the subject of spirituality. Contact them at cairco@eircom.net

Cló Iar-Chonnachta/ Cois Life

🔗 cic.ie

Cló Iar-Chonnacht publish books in Irish and Irish music. They sell a wide range of books and albums on their website and from the book shop in Conamara. Cois Life have books on literature and academic subjects.

Cló Mhaigh Eo

🔗 leabhar.com

Beautiful books for children and young people. Contact them at colmanor@anu.ie

Coiscéim

🔗 coisceim.ie

Leading publishers who print general books in Irish. They have printed thousands of titles both modern prose and poetry in Irish. Contact them at coisceim@dublin.ie

Cumann na Scríbheann nGaedhilge

🔗 irishtextssociety.org

There are well-written, well-translated, and well-edited versions of works that are over 100 years old being printed by Cumann na Scríbheann nGaedhilge.

Dalen Éireann

🔗 daleneireann.com

Dalen Éireann publishes Asterix and Tintin in Irish and in other Celtic languages. Contact them at dalen@daleneireann.com

Éabhlóid

🔗 eabhloid.com

Written, video and sound materials, for adults and children 

Foilseacháin Ábhair Spioradálta (FÁS)

🔗 timire.ie

Publishers who print spirituality books and the magazine An Timire. Contact them at foilspiorad@gmail.com

Futa Fata

🔗 futafata.com

Music label and publisher who provide books and CDs in Irish for young people and children. Contact them at eolas@futafata.com

Leabhar Breac

🔗 leabharbreac.com

Literature in Irish of a high-standard. Contact them at eolas@leabharbreac.com

LeabhairCOMHAR

🔗 comhar.ie/leabhair

The book publishing company COMHAR was re-established in 2010 to develop Irish language modern literature. It is the aim of this company to facilitate and foster new writers on a continuous basis and it is developing an new book series at the moment.

Móinín

Irish and English language literature for children and for adults. Contact them at moinin@eircom.net

Oidhreacht Chorca Dhuibhe

Specialists who print books and CDs which are strongly linked to the Kerry Gaeltacht. Contact them at mus@cfcd.net

Púca Press

🔗 pucapress.com

A small publishing company who print hand printed special versions of books in Irish and in other languages. Contact them at leib@pucapress.com

Sáirséal – Ó Marcaigh: Cló Iar-Chonnachta

🔗 cic.ie

It was under Cló Iar-Chonnachta that Sáirséal – Ó Marcaigh was established. The company was initially called Sáirséal and Dill, that brought the work of many poets and writers into the 20th century.

✉ Do you know of any shops or publishers not included in the list? If so, let us know!


Updated: May 2024