An Clár as Gaeilge - History

An Clár as Gaeilge is a Community Language Development Partnership Project which focusses on the development of the Irish language in Co. Clare.

Since the establishment of this project in 2002, it has done a lot of work in promoting the Irish Language in Ennis and in the County in general.

It is a community based project, which has representatives on it from all the community groups that are actively promoting the Irish Language in the County and so we have access to community work at an effective level, where it has the greatest impact.

This project is organised by the Ennis Branch of Conradh na Gaeilge that is active in promoting the Irish Language with more than thirty years and funded by Foras na Gaeilge under Scéim Phobail na Gaeilge.


By the year 2000, it was obvious that the range of events that Conradh na Gaeilge was organising were so vast that there was a need for a more formal structure than the voluntary committee that was there until then.  It was harder to keep going with current projects.

It was decided that a central office would be established and a Development Officer be employed.  A submission was prepared for FÁS and Foras na Gaeilge to start an employment project.  Arrangements were made that the project would be registered as a limited company under guarantee without a shareholding in December 2002.

As it happened, Foras na Gaeilge was preparing a scheme to employ people at a community level to promote the Irish Lanaguge.  Ennis got the go ahead to employ two people and to rent an office under Scéim Phobail na Gaeilge that was launched in 2003.

An Clár as Gaeilge as it was called had six objectives:

  • To encourage the Irish speaking community in Clare to speak the language.
  • To foster a love for the Irish Language amongst young people.
  • To strengthen the visibility of Irish in the county.
  • To start a partnership with state bodies, the church and the people to provide for the needs of the Irish speaking community.
  • To support cultural tourism in the County.

Documents were prepared with six strategic objectives  and submitted to Foras na Gaeilge and the submission was accepted as a pilot scheme for county clare.  The project is financed by Foras na Gaeilge.

Action Plan
Foras na Gaeilage has sanctioned three schemes  for An Clár as Gaeilge Teo. under Scéim Phobail Gaaeilge from 2003 onwards. The committee has prepared an Action Plan for every scheme under the above mentioned headings.