Buntús Cainte was originally a hugely successful humorous television programme. It was first broadcast in 1967 by Radio Telefís Éireann (RTÉ) in Ireland (view a clip here).
The programme was written by Tomás Ó Domhnalláin. He wanted to teach conversational Irish to complete beginners as a living language, and without repetitive grammar.
The TV series was accompanied by a booklet and vinyl records. By November 1967, 218,000 copies of the Buntús Cainte lessons booklet had been sold – it was a massive success.
Buntús Cainte was also published in a series of three books which include the original cartoons, the English and Irish text, and an audio CD.