Gaeilge Abú: Tallaght café wins gold award for promoting Irish language

An Irish-language café which was set up in Tallaght to promote Gaeilge and offer a “warm, welcoming environment” to those using the language has won three national Gold awards. 

Café Aon Scéal gathered with the Gaelphobal Thamlachta team, which worked to establish the all-Irish café, and other businesses in City Hall for the ceremony.


The café, located on the Main Street in Tallaght village, offers all its services through Irish, and is a hub for music and social events.

It won the Bonn Óir award in all three categories of the inaugural Gradaim Gnó Na hÉireann, a new Irish business scheme, which seeks to put the Irish language at the forefront of business.

Bhuaigh an Café an Bonn Óir dá Chomharthaíocht/Signage, Mhargaíocht/ Marketing and Sheirbhís/ Service.

Pól Ó Meadhra, Chairperson of Gaelphobal Thamhlachta and Dawn Nic Íomhar, who managed the cafe accepted the award.

Pól told the Tallaght Echo that the café’s success is a “huge achievement and a great source of pride for everyone in Tallaght”.

He added “Café Aon Scéal opened this time three years ago, and despite the challenges created by the pandemic, it not only survived, but has in fact thrived, providing a fantastic service to its customers in a warm, welcoming environment.

“It has also created employment and work experience for several people in the area since it first opened its doors to the public.

“It is currently employing eight local people, mostly past pupils of the vibrant Gaelscoileanna in the area, Scoil Santain, Scoil Chaitlín Maude and Coláiste de hÍde

“It really has become a cultural hub, with several ongoing activities in the café . . .”

Bíonn ranganna ar súil ann gach lá, agus ealaíon ina measc, chomh maith le ciorcail chomhrá agis ceol tradisiúnta.

Deir said chomh maith go mbíonn bia blasta agus comhluadar ar fáíl ann gach lá!

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