Fast Facts

Here you will find some fast facts relating to Údarás na Gaeltachta.

Ireland’s Gaeltacht areas

The Gaeltacht covers extensive parts of counties Donegal, Mayo, Galway and Kerry – all along the western seaboard – and also parts of counties Cork, Meath and Waterford.

What is meant by Gaeltacht?

The term ‘Gaeltacht’ is used to denote those areas in Ireland where the Irish language is the communal language of the local population.

Gaeltacht population

The total population of the Gaeltacht is 99,617 (Census 2016). The following is a breakdown of the Gaeltacht population by area (Census 2016)

CountyPopulation
CountyPopulation
Donegal23,346
Mayo 9,340
Galway50,570
Kerry8,756
Cork3,932
Waterford1,816
Meath1,857
Total99,617

Source: Central Statistic Office 2016

Údarás na Gaeltachta

Údarás na Gaeltachta is the regional development authority funded by the Government to promote the linguistic, cultural, social, physical and economic development of the Gaeltacht with the overall objective of maintaining Irish as the main communal language of the region. Údarás was established in 1980 under the Údarás na Gaeltachta Act, 1979, and it also functions under the Gaeltacht Act 2012, building on the work of its predecessor Gaeltarra Éireann (1958-1979).

The board of Údarás na Gaeltachta

Údarás na Gaeltachta has a 12 member board. In accordance with the Údarás na Gaeltachta Act, 1979, as amended by the Gaeltacht Act 2012, the Minister of State at the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht appoints the board members for a period not exceeding five years, five of them on the nomination of county councils from counties which include Gaeltacht areas.
View the current board of an tÚdarás here.

Chief Executive

Micheál Ó hÉanaigh is the current CEO of Údarás na Gaeltachta.

Numbers employed in Údarás-assisted companies (year end 2018)

By year end 2018 there were 7,625 people employed on a full-time basis.

Breakdown of full-time employment by Gaeltacht area (year end 2018)

Donegal2,278
Mayo657
Galway2,978
Kerry689
Cork699
Waterford146
Meath178
Total7,625

Employment by sector (year end 2018)

Natural Resources 634
Food1,361
Manufacturing1,876
Textiles 334
Engineering725
Services 2,695
Total7,625