Conradh na Gaeilge, historically also known as the Gaelic League, was founded in Dublin on July 31, 1893 by Eoin Mac Néill with the support of Douglas Hyde, Eugene O'Growney, Luke K. Walsh and others. The league developed from Ulick Bourke's earlier Gaelic Union and became the leading institution promoting the Gaelic Revival, placing a particular emphasis on encouraging the speaking of Irish, and on providing modern literature in the language.
Conradh na Gaeilge is the democratic forum for the Irish-speaking community, and its main aim is to promote the use of Irish as the standard language in Ireland. The organisation works on behalf of the Irish language and the people who use it throughout the island of Ireland and around the world. There are almost 180 branches of Conradh na Gaeilge in addition to its many individual members, and you can contact Conradh na Gaeilge's fulltime members of staff in the offices below between 9.00am - 5.30pm from Monday - Friday.
Teach na Gaeilge is the Irish-language centre of the Maigh Cuilinn Gaeltacht in Co. Galway. The centre was built in 2011 on a site provided free of charge by the local development association, and Conradh na Gaeilge funded the new building; the centre has not received any state funding. All construction work was carried out on a voluntary basis by members of the Maigh Cuilinn branch of Conradh na Gaeilge and other voluntary helpers in the parish, under the direction of the architect Niall Ó Céirín.
Áras na nGael is Galway's Irish-language centre and has been the headquarters of the Irish-language voluntary sector in Galway City for over 25 years. The centre is open on a year round basis, from morning until night, and over 10,000 people avail of the services provided by Áras na nGael annually. Over 25 groups are currently using Áras na nGael for their own events.
Dún Mhuire is the Irish-language centre in Nenagh, Co. Tipperary and there is an office, a naíonra,an exhibition hall and meeting rooms in the building. Classes are also held here and books and cards can be bought in Dún Mhuire. The Nenagh branch of Conradh na Gaeilge aims to inspire, promote, speak and spread the Irish language in and around Nenagh and its surrounding areas. Singing sessions and music nights, festivals, Seachtain na Gaeilge, events for young people, lectures, dramas and classes are held regularly in Dún Mhuire to this end.
Gaeláras Mhic Ardghail is Newry's new cultural and Irish-language centre in Co. Down, and provides educational, cultural and social facilities for Irish speakers in the Newry and Mourne area. Craobh an Iúir, the Newry branch of Conradh na Gaeilge, opened Gaeláras Mhic Ardghail on 18 Feabhra 2013 as a result of Newry and Mourne District Council, The Irish Language Investment Fund, Comhaltas Uladh and Craobh an Iúir working in partnership together to achieve a great outcome.
An Siopa Leabhar is Conradh na Gaeilge's Irish-language bookshop at 6 Harcourt Street, Dublin 2 and is one of Ireland’s most renowned Irish-language institutions in the capital for almost 40 years. An Siopa Leabhar stocks a huge range of schoolbooks, bilingual greeting cards, children's games, teaching material, music CDs and much more. While the shop itself is open 6 days a week, you can also order online from An Siopa Leabhar's new website at: www.cnag.ie/siopa