Irish Language Resources for Computers


How do I print letters with sine fadas?

Press the Alt Gr key and the required letter e.g. Alt Gr + a = á 
For a capital letter, press Alt Gr, Shift and the required letter e.g. Alt Gr + Shift + a = Á

Note: For some keyboards, pressing Alt Gr and the letter i does not give í. 
If you experience this problem, press the Ctrl key and the single quotation mark (’) and the i key i.e. Ctrl + ’ + i = í. 
To get a capital Í, press the Ctrl key and the single quotation mark (’) and then also press the Shift key and the i key i.e. Ctrl + ’ + Shift + i = Í

Is an Irish language spell checker available? 

Yes. The Irish spell checker is available for Office 2003 and Office XP (Office 2002).

Is the Irish spell checker installed on my computer?

The Irish spell checker is not automatically installed with Office. 
To check if it is installed on your computer: 
1. In Microsoft Word, go to the Tools menu 
2. Choose Language 
3. Choose Set Language 
4. In Office 2003, if Irish (Ireland) has a tick next to it, the Irish spell checker is already installed 
In Office XP (Office 2002), if Gaeilge (Ireland) has a tick next to it, the Irish spell checker is already installed.

How do I get the Irish spell checker for my computer?

  • Office 2003 users 
    Install Microsoft Office 2003 Proofing Tools. Staff at NUI, Galway can borrow the Proofing Tools CD from the Service Desk in Information Solutions and Services. 
  • Office XP (Office 2002) users 
    Download the Irish Proofing Tools for Office XP from the Microsoft website

How does the Irish spellchecker work?

Office 2003

Every time you open a new document, you must complete the process outlined below. Spelling correction does not include sine fada e.g. ta will not be corrected to tá 
In Word 2003, setting the language to Irish affects only the current document. 

  1. Begin your document and then highlight some text
  2. Change the language to Irish (Ireland)
  3. From the Tools menu, choose Language.
  4. Choose Set Language
  5. Select Irish (Ireland) and click OK.
  6. If you are prompted to install spell check, click OK. 
  7. To start the spell checker, from the Tools menu, choose Spelling and Grammar

Note: In Outlook 2003, setting the language to Irish affects all future messages i.e. not just the current message. 

Office XP (Office 2002)

  1. In Microsoft Word, go to the Tools menu
  2. Choose Language
  3. Set the Language to Gaeilge (Ireland). This affects all future documents i.e. not just the current document.

Is the Irish spell checker available in the PC Suites?

Yes. The Irish spell checker is installed with Office 2003 in the PC Suites.

How can I get an Irish version of Office? 

Language Interface Packs for Windows XP and Office 2003 are available to download from http://www.microsoft.com/ireland/gaeilge/

Is Vista available in Irish?

No. Vista in Irish is not currently available. However, Microsoft expect a product release in early 2009.