Údarás na Gaeltachta


Established in 1980, Údarás na Gaeltachta is the regional authority responsible for the economic, social and cultural development of the Gaeltacht (Irish-speaking regions). The Údarás funds and fosters a wide range of enterprise development and job creation initiatives and supports strategic language, cultural and community-based activities. The overall objective of Údarás na Gaeltachta is to ensure that Irish remains the main communal language of the Gaeltacht and is passed on to future generations.

Role in project

Údarás na Gaeltachta is the TCL host for the Transition Coastal Lab in Ireland. They are responsible for the everyday running of the TCL, communication with the coastal communities and the wider region, and the organisation of local workshops (WP2, WP3, WP4 and WP6). They are also responsible for the Ocean Literacy capacity building in the Irish TCL (WP6).

The Team


Éamonn Ó Neachtain

Manager of the Research and Sectoral Development Division

Éamonn has over thirty years’ management experience in regional and rural development.He has worked with Government Departments, Stage Agencies, EU INTERREG Programmes (Ireland/Northern Ireland), Local Government and with Local Development initiatives. Since 2002, he has worked for Údarás na Gaeltachta, where he has responsibility for external funding, education and training, research and planning and for the Agency’s EU Programmes. Éamonn’s research interests include Regional Economic Development and Rural and Spatial Planning. He currently works with colleagues in Third Level Institutes in supervising PhD research projects in areas relevant to the work of the agency.

Fionnán Ó hOgáin

Development Executive

Fionnán works in the Research and Sectoral Development Division of Údarás na Gaeltachta. He has over 25 years of experience working in local development, particularly with small and medium enterprises and with the voluntary sector, and in the government administration sector. He has a strong business development background, and has an MBA, a Master’s degree in Public Relations and a Diploma in Community Development and Language Planning. He is responsible for managing EU-funded research programmes and has worked on behalf of Údarás na Gaeltachta on several Interreg and H2020 projects in the areas of energy, marine, and tourism.