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Irish Language Promotion Officer

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Responsible for promoting the Irish language internally and for overseeing the provision of the organisation’s services through the medium of Irish.

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Irish language officers are employed in local authorities, government departments and public bodies such as the ESB, the HSE and third level institutions.

They are responsible for promoting the Irish language internally and overseeing the provision of the organisation’s services through the medium of Irish.

The Irish language officer co-ordinates the translation of online and printed documents, and organises language classes and cultural events.

It is important to be enthusiastic and passionate about the language for this job as it plays a vital role in the development of the Irish language.

Tasks include:

  • Maintenance / development of language courses for the organisation's tutors, learners / students, service providers
  • Management of organisation’s translation projects
  • Manage the maintenance of the organisations’s Irish website content  
  • Research /translation of organisational publications
  • Advertising and promotional activities

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People in this role are required to have a strong passion for the Irish language and a commitment to the promotion of it.

The following are important when looking for a job with Irish language skills:

  • Strong (written and oral) Irish and English language skills
  • Organisational skills
  • ICT skills
  • Interpersonal skills
  • An ability to work on your own initiative
  • A keen interest in the Irish language
  • A knowledge of Irish language organisations

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A degree in modern Irish is the typical entry route to this job role and personal involvement in Irish language/cultural activities.

Since the introduction of the Official Languages Act 2003, careers opportunities requiring Irish language skills can be found with a wide range of organisations local authorities, community arts organisations, event management, multimedia, and galleries among others.

Language promotion officers are employed at local and national level, in public bodies, state companies and not-for-profit organisations.

Local authorities employ Irish language development/promotion officers who collaborate with local arts and language organisations in their locality.

This role is also found in third level colleges, IOTs, student unions; government departments; County Councils; Garda Síochána; political parties; the HSE; and in community groups and co-operatives throughout the Gaeltacht areas of Ireland.

  • Gael Linn and Conradh na Gaeilge provide a wide variety of educational and cultural services throughout the country.
  • Glór na nGael awards prizes to local committees who promote the Irish language.
  • Comhdháil N áisiúnta na Gaeilge is an umbrella group representing many Irish language not - for - profit organisations.
  • Foras na Gaeilge is the national, cross - border funding body for Irish language promotion and development and funds the employment of Irish language officer s in local communities north and south.
  • Pobal and Comhaltas Uladh promote the language and events in Northern Ireland. As the remit of many of the language - promotion organisations is quite broad, they employ people from a wide range of disciplines such as marketing, education, finance, event management, publishing and public relations.

Last Updated: March, 2017

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Organisation: Gael Linn
Address: 35 Sráid an Dáma, Baile Átha Cliath 2
Tel: (01) 6751200
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Organisation: Gaelport.com
Address: Comhdháil Náisiúnta na Gaeilge, 46 Sráid Chill Dara, Baile Átha Cliath 2
Tel: (01) 6794780
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Organisation: Conradh na Gaeilge
Address: 6 Sráid Fhearchair, Baile Átha Cliath 2
Tel: (01) 475 7401
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Organisation: Glór na nGael
Address: Ráth Chairn, Baile Átha Buí, Contae na Mí
Tel: (046) 943 0974
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Organisation: Foras na Gaeilge
Tel: 01 639 8400
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Organisation: Udaras na Gaeltachta
Tel: (091) 503100 (Head Office)
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