Codefest 2016

As part of the Codefest 2016, which took place in Donostia/San Sebastián in the Basque Country (4-8 July), a team of language specialists came together to create a new voice for the Aho TTS to let it speak with an Irish voice in the Donegal dialect of Irish (Gaelic). This was accomplished by collaboration between Euskal Herriko Unibertsitatea (University of the Basque Country), Trinity College Dublin, NUI Galway as well as Geraldine Uí Bhriain, Cathal Peelo and Ádám Varga.

As a result of this project, anyone who speaks Irish can now preserve their voice in a database in order to access it again in future. You only have to record your voice and download a model of it to use be able to use it in an Irish language text-to-speech system.

The team envisions this new technology having applications for those who are going to lose their voice as a result of illness, as well as those who are trying to learn Irish as a second language.