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chinita96Saturday 01st of January 2005 05:09:47 AM
Gaeltacht - In the Irish lessons hosted on Thursdays by Alex and I, we receive a lot of questions about where Irish is spoken. So I would like to give a little information, as well as send you a link to read more about it.

The Gaeltacht (An Ghaeltacht)
The Gaeltacht refers to the regions in Ireland where traditional Irish is the primary language. Many native Irish speakers reside here. It is currently made up of 7 counties and 4 provinces. Counties: Donegal, Mayo, Galway and Kerry and also parts of counties Cork, Meath and Waterford. There are currently 3 distinct dialects of Irish spoken in the Gaeltacht: Munster (Mumha), Connaught (Connachta), and Ulster (Ulaidh).

To read more about the Gaeltacht and it's regions visit:

Ireland: A Free State
The Irish Free State was separated from the United Kingdom under the Irish Free State Agreement (or Anglo-Irish Treaty) signed by British and Irish Republic representatives in London on December 6, 1921. The Irish Free State came into being in December 1922.


Celtic Languages
A popular misconception is that people with a Scots dialect, an Irish brogue or a Welsh accent are speaking in a Celtic language. They are not Celtic languages, but dialects and varieties of English. Celtic languages are part of the Indo-European family of languages, and Irish Gaelic is one of 3 current languages that make up a branch of Celtic Languages.

The Celtic Insular Languages are broken into 2 branches: (1) Irish Gaelic, Scottish Gaelic, Manx (2) Welsh, Breton, Cornish. These two branches are known as the Goidelic(Q-Celtic) and Brythonic (P-Celtic). Irish Gaelic, Scottish Gaelic, and Manx make up the Goidelic, or Q-Celtic, branch. The Brythonic, or P-Celtic, branch consists of Welsh, Cornish, and Breton.

Read more about the Celtic Languages:
s00zieThursday 02nd of June 2005 01:07:46 AM
- u make it sound as if there's no gaeilge in northern ireland...
RMKiwiTuesday 05th of July 2005 04:43:51 AM
- There's no genuine Gaeltacht in Northern Ireland any more today. There's kinda Gaeltacht in Belfast but I'd say most of the speakers aren't native speakers (or "traditional speakers"), so it's not the same as western Ireland Gaeltachtaí.