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.
The National Collection has been organised by Conradh na Gaeilge on St. Patrick's Day for over 100 years now. It is a fantastic opportunity to collect money for the local branch or Irish language group, as well as providing a chance to meet other Irish speakers in the area and talk to them about Irish language events happening locally.
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.