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Gaelic script   Gaelic script (An Cló Gaelach)

The Gaelic script originated in medieval manuscripts as a variant of the Latin alphabet. The first Gaelic typeface was designed in 1571 for a catechism commissioned by Elizabeth I, Aibidil Gaoidheilge & Caiticiosma by Seán Ó Cearnaigh, and this style of typeface was used for printing Irish until mid-20th century.

The Gaelic script is known as An Cló Gaelach (Gaelic type) in Irish. It is also known as Irish character, Irish type, Gaelic type, Celtic script or the Uncial alphabet. It is now used mainly as a decorative script on road signs, street names, shop signs and elsewhere in Ireland. It is also used as a decorative script in Scotland, Wales, Cornwall, and the Isle of Man. Gaelic typefaces tend to include the letters and diacritics need to write the other Celtic languages.

Notable features

Gaelic script (An Cló Gaelach)

Gaelic script (An Cló Gaelach)

Download an alphabet chart for the Gaelic script (Excel)

Sample text in the Gaelic script

Sample text in the Gaelic script


Saolaítear na daoine uile saor agus coṁionann ina ndínit agus ina gcearta. Tá bua an réasúin agus an ċoinsiasa acu agus dlíd iad féin d'iompar de ṁeon bráiṫreaċais i leiṫ a ċéile.


All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood.
(Article 1 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights)


Information about the Gaelic script

Scríbhinní - information about the Gaelic script in Irish

Ceithre Céad Bliain de Chló Éireannach / Four centuries of printing in the Irish character:

Free Gaelic script fonts

Other versions of the Latin alphabet

Ancient Latin, Gaelic script, Fraktur, Old English, Sütterlin

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