Gaillimh le Gaeilge have set three key strategic goals . These are interdependent goals and can be categorised as follows:

Strategic Goal 1

To strengthen the Irish language in Ireland’s Bilingual City

Strategic Goal 2

“Normalisation” of the Irish language in Galway City

Strategic Goal 3

Cultivate a sense of community “ownership” of the Irish language in the city

Strategic Goal 1 – To strengthen the Irish language in Ireland’s bilingual city.

The ‘Exploratory Study into Bilingualism in Galway city‘ highlighted that Galway city was an ideal setting for a bilingual city.

The proximity to the Gaeltacht and Galway city’s reputation for the arts and Irish music were factors which contributed to the bilingual status for the city.

Respondents had little doubt that bilingual status would benefit Galway city and the region with many attributing the benefits to the local tourism industry.

An overwhelming majority of Galway people surveyed thought that Bilingual status would have a positive impact on the city and would be proud if bilingual status would be conveyed on the city.

Galway City is suggested as a ‘Baile Seirbhíse Gaeltachta’ for the Galway Gaeltacht { Ó Giollagáin, C.: Mac Donnacha, S. et al. (2007), Comprehensive Linguistic Study of the Use of Irish in the Gaeltacht p.25}


Strategic Goal 2 – To enable the normalisation of the Irish language in Galway city through written, aural, electronic and oral means.

Gaillimh le Gaeilge works in association with Galway City Council, Galway Chamber and other groups in the city to achieve normalization of the language in Galway city through the following activities;

  1. Gradam Sheosaimh Uí Ógartaigh
  2. Irish on Menus
  3. Gaeilge sa Ghnó
  4. Business Directory
  5. Irish on PA systems
  6. Placenames Committee
  • We offer practical advice and a hands-on help to companies wishing to use the Irish language in any aspect of their business, particularly as a tool for innovation and marketing.
  • We initiate bilingual projects, which are developed over time in association with other groups in Galway city.
  • Constant contact is maintained with our clients through a varied networking and social programme, which includes a monthly newsletter DEIS
  • We organise business lunches, and social networking events to facilitate, promote, nurture and strengthen the use of the Irish Language in Galway City.

Gaillimh le Gaeilge aims to reach a stage in Galway city life where the sound of the language, its visibility, and its use are all part of normal everyday city life. Normalisation reaches into all city environs and effects every aspect of city living – from the purchasing of a loaf of bread to the buying of a house. It entails the movement of the language through all strands of life, from business to community level, from public to private level. It is not the compulsory use of the language, but rather the acceptance upon seeing, hearing and speaking the language as a normal and expected part of Galway life. It is within an environment of linguistic normalisation that Gaillimh le Gaeilge envisages the healthy growth and nurturing of the language.

Strategic Goal 3- Cultivate a sense of community ‘ownership’ of the Irish language in the city community

Gaillimh le Gaeilge has continually, since our foundation in 1987, promoted the idea of community ownership of the language and of the bilingual image of Galway city. While it instills a sense of local pride in the language and in the city as a different and unique place, it also allows the community to become involved in the language, and engage with it at an informal level. Gaillimh le Gaeilge must work ‘on the ground’ with the city community towards the achievement of this goal. Its success is linked to success in other areas but will require a distinct set of actions to achieve positive outcomes.

Gaillimh le Gaeilge has and continues to develop and strengthen co-operation with other groups in Galway city to achieve this objective. Among the groups Gaillimh le Gaeilge have developed a close association with are:

Regular contact is maintained with other business umbrella organisations in the city.

  • Arts Groups
  • Cairde Ghaillimh le Gaeilge
  • Community Groups
  • Galway BPW
  • Network Galway
  • The Galway branch of the Vintners’ of Federation of Ireland
  • The Galway branch of the Irish Hotels Federation
  • The Galway branch of the Restaurant Association
  • The Latin Quarter

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