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Frequently Asked Questions

The pacáiste is a language pack provided free of charge to families who currently raise their children through Irish or who wish to start doing so.

Fill out the application form on this site. Your details will be registered and the pacáiste will be sent out to you as soon as possible thereafter.

A CD, a reference books and some age appropriate reading books, as well as useful information, booklets for parents to help them raise their children with Irish. The content may vary from time to time.

Parents can use the books and CDs to help them speak more Irish at home before the child goes to school, in their natural environment so that they see Irish as a spoken language rather than merely a school subject.  

If you speak Irish at home already it should help to foster a grá for reading as Gaeilge and they can enjoy the stories.  The act of reading together will strengthen the bond between parent and child as nothing beats snuggling up with your parent and reading a book together.

Parents who wish to use more Gaeilge at home can enjoy reading Irish language books to their children agus arouse their interest again in Irish words/phrases/terms which will increase their Irish vocabulary.  Children love having books read to them and reading these books will introduce them to stories as Gaeilge.

Parents /guardians from all over the country with children that are under 5 years of age are eligible to apply for the pacáiste. The pacáiste teaghlaigh aims to encourage and support families to speak and read the Irish language at home.

No. Parents/guardians can register for the pacáiste for their child/children.

No.  This scheme is for parents/guardians who have preschool children who are under 5 years old.

Every family is entitled to one pacáiste under this scheme.  You are welcome to register your contact details, email address with Tuismitheoirí na Gaeltachta and we can send out any new information we have or you can register for our newsletter.

Yes. Please complete the application form when you come home.  In the meantime, you can get some help and advice about the various resources at the following link.

The pacáiste is not currently sent abroad.  You can get some help and advice about the various resources at the following link.

Yes.  You can get some help and advice about the various resources at the following link.

Yes you can. You can register by sending an email to teanga@tuismitheoiri.ie and request whatever information you need. 

Yes.  We welcome all feedback from parents regarding the pacáiste.  Please be in contact.

On the registration form, the parent may choose which dialect they practice at home, or which dialect they’d be more comfortable with.  There are different books in the various dialogues, be that Ulster, Connacht or Munster but you’ll receive the same number of resources.

The choice of reading books depends on the selection of books available/in print at the time. Although the books may vary, everyone gets the same amount of books, a cd book, reading books and a reference book as well as more useful information.

  • Go to your local library.  See the wide range of Irish language books available.  Request Irish books which are not in the library.
  • Search for the Irish language publishers online, An Gúm, Futa Fata, Leabhar Breac, Cló Iar-Chonnacht, Éabhlóid, Doimnic Mac Giolla Bhríde, Oidhreacht Chorca Dhuibhne, An tSnáthaid Mhór
  • Come and visit us.  Call into our family room Splanc – Tuismitheoirí na Gaeltachta’s main office in An Cheathrú Rua and see the wide choice of Irish books available for yourself.
  • Keep an eye out for any new information which Tuismitheoirí na Gaeltachta may share on social media and on their website.

If you haven’t received an answer to your question here, please send us an email to teanga@tuismitheoiri.ie and we’ll get back to you as soon as we can.

No personal information will be shared.  We will share any information with you which we think may benefit you but no names/personal information will be shared with any third party.

We may be asked to share information regarding the amount of people who apply for the pacáiste from various counties, language planning areas etc, but no personal information will be shared with any third party, only figures.

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