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Saturday 01st of January 2005 05:09:47 AMGaeltacht:
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.
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:
Thursday 02nd of June 2005 01:07:46 AM
u make it sound as if there's no gaeilge in northern ireland...RMKiwi
Tuesday 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. sisc_al
Saturday 26th of November 2005 04:44:03 AM
But theres also Gaeltacht schools all over the country. They've become very popular over the last few years. I remember when i was younger i was horrified at the thought of being sent to the local Gael Scoil, now i wish i had been sent to the Gaeltacht primary school.Emil_17_
Friday 02nd of December 2005 02:01:25 AMIt is really difficult to find an Irish teacher , isn't it ?:
Hi , can you please explain why you are interested in learning irish ?I am willing to learn irish as well, but still cant find a teacher here ...:(caeireann
Friday 09th of December 2005 11:31:11 PM
Originally posted by Emil_17_
Hi , can you please explain why you are interested in learning irish ?I am willing to learn irish as well, but still cant find a teacher here ...:(
As it is a beautiful language of which the world is made known through Irish (trad) and Celtic music.
Good luck, and try:
to find teachers/ fellow learnersgealicdaughter
Saturday 06th of May 2006 08:08:36 AMlanguage:
I am 1/4 Irish, I am wanting to learn my native language of Gaelic, I grew up in the United States anyone who can help me out please email me at choctawprincess4God@hotmail.comcaeireann
Thursday 15th of June 2006 05:55:26 AM
Originally posted by gealicdaughter
I am 1/4 Irish, I am wanting to learn my native language of Gaelic, I grew up in the United States anyone who can help me out please email me at choctawprincess4God@hotmail.com
Please don't call the language Gaelic. Gaelic refers to the language spoken in Scotland, officially called Scots. Gaelic. The language spoken in Ireland is called Irish Gaelic or simply Irish. Return to the IRELAND Archive
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