abair.ie originated from the university research project Cabóigín I. That project's goal was to develop a full-fledged Text-to-Speech synthesis system for Irish and was funded by Foras na Gaeilge. The first synthetic voice that was developed was called Cabóigín, an Ulster Irish voice (Gweedore). The person in charge of the project is Prof Ailbhe Ní Chasaide from the Phonetics and Speech Laboratory, School of Linguistic, Speech and Communication Sciences (CLCS), Trinity College, Dublin.
Phonetics and Speech Laboratory Arts Building Room 4091 Trinity College