Since the late eighteenth century, English has been the predominant language used in Ireland. However, the Irish language still plays a major part in both the culture of Ireland, and in certain areas of the country.
Is the Irish language spoken in Ireland?
Areas in which Irish remains widely spoken are referred to as Gaeltacht areas. Although it is generally no longer the primary language spoken in Ireland, Irish remains part of the school curriculum. In addition, more than 25,000 students from all over Ireland attend Irish language-medium summer colleges in the Gaeltacht, spending around three weeks there every year.
However, much like many other native English speakers learn French or Spanish at school, only 1 in 4 people living in the Republic of Ireland claim to understand the Irish language. It is estimated that there are around 40,000 - 80, 000 fully native Irish speakers, with only 2% of the Irish population using Irish as their main domestic, work, or community language.
If you visit Ireland you will see the language used frequently on road signs, by local businesses and in many other places.
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