A new project aimed at developing an Irish-language version of virtual assistants such as Siri and Alexa was launched in Galway this month.

Míle Glór, a thousand voices, is an initiative from Irish-language technology project Abair.ie, which aims to record 1,000 people speaking Irish. 

The recordings, of people from each dialect and of different ages, will be used to develop Irish language versions of the tech services.

Lauching the project, Minister Seán Kyne said: ‘By gathering recordings of Irish speakers of different ages from Gaeltacht areas and from outside of Gaeltacht areas, the team at Abair.ie, based in Trinity College, will produce the data needed for Irish language-enabled versions of tech products and services.

‘The work of Abair.ie, which is supported by the Department of Culture, Heritage and Gaeltacht through funding of €235,000, will help ensure that Irish language versions of tech services and products are available, not just here at home but across the world.’