Video guides: How to type the Irish fada on your keyboard

Ever struggled with wanting to type an Irish “fada” on your keyboard?

Here you can watch videos on how to type the acute accent mark found in the Irish language (Gaeilge). Terry Simons in California recorded these step-by-step. The videos cover typing on iOS, OS X, Windows and Ubuntu.

Background: the síneadh fada is the name given to the accent mark in Irish:
á é í ó ú Á É Í Ó Ú

How to type the Irish Fada in OS X (Apple Mac)

How to type the Irish Fada on iOS (iPhone, iPad)

How to type the Irish Fada in Windows 8

Irish Fada in Linux (Ubuntu 13.04)

Extra tip: If you’re in Ireland

If you’re in Ireland, your keyboard should already be configured to be for Ireland. In that case, on a PC, just hold down Ctrl and Alt and type the letter.

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Comments

  1. franc 91 says:

    Dia dhuit a chara,
    and what would you suggest for the AZERTY keyboard that I have ? and another question, why aren’t there fadas already on the Irish keyboard just as there French accents on my keyboard – é è ç à ä ë ï ù â ê î – etc ? I see that on the first Irish typewriters there were keys for letters with fadas. If they could do it then, why can’t they do it now ?
    Is mise le meas
    franc 91

    • Eoin says:

      Good question, franc. If you’re changing the keyboard layout, you would have to “guess” which keys map to other keys. I think that’s the complication of re-mapping layouts, right?

      > and another question, why aren’t there fadas already on the Irish keyboard just as there French accents on my keyboard – é è ç à ä ë ï ù â ê î – etc ?

      I agree! That being said, all Irish keyboard type the fada by simply typing Ctrl+Alt. That’s a “hidden feature”, I agree, but many people seem to be able to do it. But I still agree with you.

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