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Do Ghairm le Gaeilge

Do Ghairm le Gaeilge

Do Ghairm le Gaeilge / Your Career with Irish is a bilingual careers guide which provides an insight in to the myriad of careers opportunities using the Irish Language.


It was formally launched to an audience of 3rd level careers advisors and prominent graduate employers at the Graduate Recruiters Conference at the Burlington Hotel, 29th April 2009.

Do Ghairm le Gaeilge / Your Career with Irish gives an overview of the various sectors in which fluency in Irish would be an advantage, and in many cases a distinct requirement. These include Arts and Heritage; the Media; Public and Private Sector employment; ICT; as well as the better known areas of teaching and translation. The guide’s user-friendly format comprises well-researched information, case studies, web resources, and valuable hints and tips for students and graduates.

More than 600 public sector bodies are covered by the Official Languages Act (2003) which requires these bodies to provide certain services through the medium of Irish.  Public organisations in which Irish Language Officers are now employed include third level educational institutions; local authorities; and other semi-state bodies.  These officers often combine their Irish language responsibilities with marketing / public affairs responsibilities.  There are campaigns for a specific Irish language act to be also introduced in Northern Ireland.   

Private sector organisations, anxious to gain competitive advantage, sometimes target the Irish language market. Examples include Samsung, who developed the first ever texting service through Irish; Microsoft, who have developed Irish language software products; Accenture, an international consultancy firm, designed the bilingual revenue.ie website. Facebook recognised the demand for Irish-medium social networking by facilitating its translation to Irish by Irish-speaking clients.

There is a demand in Irish language voluntary and public sectors for Irish speaking accountants; solicitors; marketeers and graphic designers etc to provide professional services through the medium of Irish.

Irish became an official working language of the EU in 2005 and is one of the minority languages being promoted, not just within the European Parliament but within higher education institutions in the EU and in colleges across the United States, through the support of the Fulbright Commission and in Canada through the support of the Ireland Canada University Foundation. 

The publication of Do Ghairm le Gaeilge is a response to these developments.   The editorial committee was co-chaired by Muireann Ní Dhuigneáin, DCU and Dr Emer Ní Bhrádaigh, Fiontar, DCU; working with committee members Orlaith Tunney, Careers Advisor, TCD; Cora Cregan, Careers Officer, St Patricks’s College, Drumcondra; and Catherine Lyster, Careers Officer, Letterkenny IT.  

Launching the guide, Deputy Chief Executive of TG4, Pádhraic Ó Ciardha pointed out that: ‘The Irish language television production sector reflects the wide variety of jobs available for Irish speaking graduates – not only as presenters and scriptwriters, but also as project managers, translators, camera staff, editors and graphic designers.

An electronic copy is available for download here




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