As from 31 October 2013, online versions of de Bhaldraithe's English-Irish Dictionary (1959) and Ó Dónaill's Foclóir Gaeilge-Béarla (1977) are now available, as well as a grammar database and a pronunciation database. Click here to access all of these items.
Welcome to Foras na Gaeilge's New English-Irish Dictionary, launched on 24 January 2013. The dictionary is available free of charge, and has been adapted to work both on desktop computers and on mobile devices.
Our aim is to provide comprehensive coverage for every entry, illustrated with examples to give context to the Irish equivalents. As well as translations for the English content, the dictionary also contains grammatical information and sound files. For more information on these latter items see FAQ How do I look up grammatical data? and FAQ How do I listen to sound files? respectively.
We’ve added over 1,500 new headwords in our most recent updates, based largely on user feedback. We’ll be adding several thousand more headwords at the end of the year.
Our dictionary is being published on a phased basis, and the full content won’t be online until end-2014. We understand that it’s frustrating when you can’t find the word you need, and we’ll be greatly expanding the dictionary coverage this year and next year to close such gaps. But in the meantime, did you know that you can easily find many additional translations using the Advanced Search? See FAQ Finding translations with the Advanced Search for more details.
The Advanced Search is also very useful if you want to view examples of Irish usage – for example, is a particular preposition followed by a séimhiú? is a number followed by the singular or plural form of the noun? See FAQ Finding examples of Irish usage for more details.
If the word you’re looking for isn’t yet online in our dictionary, and if it’s a technical term, you may wish to search for it in our terminology database, www.focal.ie.
Enlarged and enhanced versions of the dictionary will be published online at regular intervals during 2013 and 2014. Once all of the dictionary material has been published online at the end of 2014, work will begin on the preparation of a printed edition in 2015.