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Irish (Gaelic)

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Quick Facts

 

Total Worldwide Speakers: 391,470

 

Language Family: Indo-European, Celtic

 

Spoken in:
 
Western isles northwest and southwest coasts; Galway, part of Mayo, Kerry, Donegal, Meath, Cork, Waterford, Scotland (Albain), Isle of Mann. Also in Brazil, Canada, United Kingdom, United States.

 

 

History:
 

Irish is a Celtic language spoken in mainly Ireland. There are also Irish speakers in the UK, the USA, Canada and Australia. According to the 1996 census, 1.43 million people in Ireland claim to have some knowledge of Irish, 353,000 of whom speak it regularly. The main concentrations of Irish speakers are in the Gaeltachtaí, which are scattered mainly along the west coast of Ireland and have a total population of 82,715, 76.3% of whom speak Irish.

 

 

Sources: The Ethnologue & Omniglot

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