Case Studies

Tourism

Dingle Oceanworld Aquarium

Mara Beo Teo in Daingean Uí Chúis is one of the largest aquariums in Ireland. It has a shark tank, a surge tank with anemones and shell fish, a cylindrical tank with tropical fish, an Amazonian tank with catfish, poisonous frogs and deadly piranha; a touch pool where you can stroke the starfish and ray, and an ocean tunnel where fish swim all around you and overhead.

Community-driven tourism in Dún Lúiche, Co Donegal

The small village of Dún Lúiche, Co Donegal at the foot of Mt Errigal and situated between two lakes, is in an exceptionally picturesque location. Until recently however it was treated as a through-road. Visitors might look at the view but never stopped over. In 1988 locals formed a co-operative and set about making their village more visitor friendly.

Language Based Enterprise

Learning Irish through adventure sports

UISCE teaches Irish through the exciting medium of water and adventure sports. Students take courses in windsurfing, canoeing, sailing, pony trekking, swimming, orienteering, football, raft-building and other sports, all taught through Irish. This takes Irish out of the classroom and gives students a new perspective on the language.

Language preservation in Donegal ‘Céim Aniar’

At the turn of this century, language activists and a number of parents in Ros Goill in Co Donegal noticed a distressing decline in Irish spoken on the peninsula. Ros Goill is a small Gaeltacht area but for a variety of reasons Irish was not being transmitted from the older to the younger generations.

Translation services with Europus Teo

Europus Teo was established in Co Galway in 1996 by Áine Ní Chonghaile, former government translator, who set up the company to meet the new opportunities for promoting the Irish language presented by TG4 and other developments in communication. Europus is now one of the Gaeltacht’s leading translation companies and employs thirteen full-time staff.

Food Processing

Processing shell fish waste in Daingean Uí Chúis, Co Kerry

Iasc de Brún was established in 1985 as a fish processing company specializing in smoked salmon and crab. In the new millennium the company faced a new challenge: under EU and national environmental legislation waste matter from fish processing could no longer be disposed of at sea or in a landfill site.

Fish Processing in Dún na nGall

Earagail Éisc Teo is a fish processing company which prepares mackerel, herring, and whelk for the world markets and is a European leader in processing crab. It sells to European countries, Korea and Japan and has a committed customer base of over forty food companies in 26 countries. Since it was established in 1972, the company has had an on-going relation with Údarás.

Community Enterprise

Supporting the Inis Mór Co-Op

Comharchumann Inis Mór, established in 1991, provides a wide range of services to the islanders, including administration of a home for the elderly, running a re-cycling centre, developing leisure activities, setting up a diesel station, and support for local businesses. It also lobbies government for better infrastructure and other improvements.

Supporting community development in Gaoth Dobhair

Gaoth Dobhair has one of the most densely populated rural communities in Europe, but until recently its community resources were under-developed. In 1996 the Coiste Forbatha Dhobhair Development Committee was founded and in 1999 it carried out an Údarás-sponsored feasibility study to access the needs of the community.

Audio-Visual Digital Media

Nemeton TV production company goes global

Nemeton was founded in 1993 to produce television programmes for the rapidly expanding Irish language market. Former journalist, Irial Mac Murchú started Nemeton as a one-man operation. Today it employs the equivalent of fifty full-time staff, including freelancers. It specialises in sports programmes and provides TG4 with all its sports coverage.

Telegael Teo

Telegael Teo was established in 1988 as a joint venture between Raidió Teilifís Éireann and Údarás na Gaeltachta with Pól Ó Cuimín as Managing Director. The company, which provided post production services, employed three people. The establishment of the company was a strategic step in the development of the audio-visual sector in the Gaeltacht.

Manufacturing

Metal-pressed parts from Gaoth Dobhair-based company

Brothers Declan and Brendan Ward both have 20 years experience as senior engineers with Kirchhoff Automotive. In 2005 they decided to set up their own business making metal-pressed parts for the construction and automotive industries. After carrying out an Údarás sponsored feasibility study, they began operations in 2006 in a factory in the Gaoth Dobhair Business Park.

The Arts

A visual art and media workshop in Co Donegal

Cló Ceardlann is a visual workshop, established in 1998, which combines traditional forms of image making with contemporary media. An artist-led initiative, it provides a platform for creative exchange between artists worldwide and the Gaeltacht community. Cló fosters the emergence of Gaeltacht artists through providing access to professional development services.