Udaras na Gaeltachta

  • €215,000 has been approved by Údarás na Gaeltachta for businesses in Gaeltacht areas of Mayo, Galway and Meath in recent weeks, to support them during the Covid-19 crisis.

    Udarás says supports of €215,000 were approved for 86 businesses.

    30 applications were approved for the Online Trading Scheme, and 56 were approved for Business Continuity Vouchers - which can be used by businesses to avail of consultancy advice in developing short-term and longterm strategies to respond to the Covid-19 pandemic.

    The majority of businesses approved for the Údaras supports are in the Services, Food & Drink and Tourism sectors.


  • 41 new jobs were created in the Mayo Gaeltacht last year, according to the Udaras na Gaeltachta end of year report, which was a net increase of 18 jobs compared to the previous year.

    At the end of 2019, client companies of Údarás provided 675 full- time jobs in the Mayo Gaeltacht.

    The biggest growth last year was in information technology services, manufacturing and tourism.

    During 2019, the Board of Údarás na Gaeltachta approved new projects in the Mayo Gaeltacht that will result in the creation of 45 new jobs.

  • 83 new jobs were created in the Mayo Gaeltacht last year, according to Udaras na Gaeltachta's End of Year Review for 2018.

    This was a net increase of 9 new jobs on the previous year, and brings to 657 the number of fulltime jobs in Udaras client companies in Mayo.

    6 new companies were established in the Mayo Gaeltacht during 2018, with the support of Udaras, and 9 people are now employed in these companies.

    New jobs were also created in a number of companies, and during 2018, the Udarás Board approved new projects which will result in the creation of up to 119 jobs in the Mayo Gaeltacht in the future - in both established companies and in companies currently being founded.

    Meanwhile, there were 254 people employed on Social Employment schemes in the Mayo Gaeltacht at the end of 2018.

  • 9 Innovation and Digital Hubs in Gaeltacht areas will open their doors to the public tomorrow, to see the opportunities that are available to local people to work globally, from their own area.

    The gteic hubs in Belmullet, Carraroe, Spiddal and Furbo will host open mornings tomorrow morning, where local communities and visitors returning home for Christmas can visit the local gteic hub to see the supports available to businesses operating in, or relocating to Gaeltacht areas.

    Representatives from Udaras na Gaeltachta will also be on hand to provide information from 9:30 to 11:30 tomorrow.

  • A  new educational board game based on the Wild Atlantic Way, and a storage solution for boots are the businesses developed by Transition Year students from Achill and Belmullet, who are aiming to reach a European entrepreneurial final.

    The students from Colaiste Pobail in Achill and Colaiste Naomh Bhreandáin in Belmullet are making final preparations from the All-Ireland Final of Udarás na Gaeltachta's Clár na gComhlachtaí Competition, which takes place in Furbo, Galway next month.


    Eight student mini-companies from Mayo, Galway, Donegal, Cork and Kerry will battle it out for honours over the 2-day national final on 2/3 April in the Connemara Coast Hotel in Furbo.

    The two student enterprises by the TY students in Achill and Belmullet - a new educational board game based on the Wild Atlantic Way and a storage solution for boots - recently took joint honours at the Mayo regional final of the competition, and are hoping to impress the judges in Galway.

    The winners of this year's National Final will represent Ireland at the Junior Achievement Europe Company of the Year competition which takes place in France in June.

    This is the first time winners of the Udaras competition will have the opportunity to take part in the European level of the competition.

    The TY students will also showcase their projects at NUI Galway.

    St Brendan's College Belmullet is represented by Mairtín Ó'Conaire and Pádraig Ó'Gacháin, who developed their storage solution for boots called Cró Buataisí P&M, while Coláíste Pobail Acla is represented by four TY students - Molly Nic Meanmáin, Caoimhe Ní Ghallolaigh Mcnamara, Saran ni Ghallolaigh and Tara Ni Chaoimh who developed the board game Cluiche Bord an Atlantaigh.

    The Udarás Clár na gComhlachtaí programme is a hands-on business learning experience, taught by business volunteers through the Irish language to students in the Gaeltacht regions.