Closleabhair: 13 Irish language audiobooks you can listen to for free online

From Irish podcasts, short films, theatre productions and more, there is plenty of content from the arts and creative world that you can enjoy online right now. But let’s not forget about the Irish language and its closleabhair.

From short stories to children’s books to full chapter-by-chapter audiobooks, here are 13 closleabhair (audiobooks) you can enjoy in the Irish language online today.

Cois Life

Sadly, though Cois Life is no more, there is still a wealth of content that they’ve provided online that Irish language speakers and learners can indulge in.

1. Daideo – Áine Ní Ghlinn

Recently named Laureate na nÓg Áine Ní Ghlinn’s book Daideo can be listened to in full below and can be bought here.

2. Taithí Oibre – Jo O’Donoghue

3. An tIriseoir – Michelle Nic Pháidín

Listen to the book below and follow along by buying the book here.

4. Oilithreach PinnLiam Ó Muirthile

You can buy this book from Liam Ó Muirthile here.

5. Fuascailt an Iriseora – Michelle Nic Pháidín

Check out this book below or purchase it here.

Cois Life also have plenty of other Irish language recordings here.

From An Gúm:

6. Cinnín Óir agus na Trí Bhéar – Áine Ní Ghlinn

Check out the book here.

7. An Triail – Mairéad Ní Ghráda

Follow along with the script by purchasing this emotional play here.

8. An Garbhán – The Gruffulo

From Foras na Gaeilge

9. Gruaig Fhinn – Tadhg Mac Dhonnagháin

10. Oisín – Tadhg Mac Dhonnagáin

11. Fionn Mac Cumhaill: Taoiseach na Féinne – Tadhg Mac Dhonnagáin

12. Gairdín an tSonais

13. Bran agus Sceolán

[Information correct as of February 2021 – This post contains affiliate links]

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  1. Johnny Ó Gallchobhair says:

    Go raibh míle maith agat don na leabhair Iontacha seo a Una-Ming.

  2. Niall na Naoi bPiontaí says:

    Tá sé seo iontach mar áis agus go háirithe domsa mar fhoghlaimeoir na Gaeilge! Maith thú a Una-Ming 🙂

    1. Una-Minh Kavanagh says:

      Fáilte romhat Niall! 🙂 Just chun a rá leat, litrímse m’ainm mar Úna-Minh!

      1. Pól Ó Braoin says:

        Thar cionn uilig. Tá neart ábhair ansin len éisteacht leis. Go raibh míle maith agat, a Úna-Minh…

        1. Una-Minh Kavanagh says:

          Míle baochas a chara!

  3. Sadelle says:

    Go raibh míle maith agat, a Úna-Minh! Tá mé ag léabh do leabhar “Anseo” anois!

    1. Una-Minh Kavanagh says:

      Míle baochas! Tá súil agam go bhfuil tú ag baint sult as 🙂

  4. Tadhg Barber says:

    Go raibh maith agat! bhí an scéal iontach!

    1. Una-Minh Kavanagh says:

      Go hiontach Tadhg!

  5. Tom Maxwell says:

    Go raibh míle maith agat, Una-Minh! Níl a lán Gaeilge agam, ach ba mhait liom Gaeilge a éist

    1. Una-Minh Kavanagh says:

      Maith thú Tom!

  6. Aonghus Ó Ceallaigh says:

    GRMA Úna-Minh 🙂

  7. peadar says:

    Go raibh maith agat! Níl mé cinnte, ach an bhfuil closleabhar atá a léite aige sa Ghaeilge Uladh?

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