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Here are the results of one  report about Irish Gaelic learners. It asked learners and their teachers what dictionaries they use. That’s a great nugget of information if you’re serious about learning to speak Irish Gaelic.

Online Dictionaries

Learning  to speak Irish online is a great way to learn, right? You might want to use an online Irish Gaelic dictionary while you’re at it. This list isn’t from the same report as above.

  1. Irish

I think this dictionary is based on a paper dictionary published by Collins. It’s basic, but quick to search. That’s why I recommend it as the first place to search.

  1. (meaning

This is a state-run English to Irish dictionary. It has audio recordings for many common words, in all three  dialects of Irish. It’s a big project, and is being currently developed. Shame on the Irish state, which claims copyright to this dictionary. It should be available under an open license!


This one is more of a terminology dictionary than for general purpose, but has lots of phrases to search through.

Printed Dictionaries

  1. An Foclóir Póca (paperback)

“Foclóir Póca” means “Pocket Dictionary”. It’s quite a good little dictionary, and does both directions of English-Irish and Irish-English. If you’re looking to get a dictionary for learning to speak Irish Gaelic, this one is a reasonable investment. It’s also available on

  1. De Bhaldraithe (paperback)

A classic English to Irish Gaelic dictionary (the headwords are in English). The latest editions we’ve seen are in paperback.

  1. Ó Dónaill (paperback and hardback)

A classic Irish Gaelic to English dictionary (the headwords are in Irish).

Additional Resources for Members

If you’re a member of the Bitesize Irish online program, check out our members-only resources collection. It’s our collection of best online resources for learning Irish. (If you’re not yet a member, consider signing up.)

Remember, we want you to make use of many resources, don’t just stick with Bitesize Irish. That’s the approach of our most successful learners.

What dictionaries do you recommend?