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Language in Ireland

Language in Ireland




Although English is a widely spoken language in Ireland, English is not the only Irish language spoken on the island. There are several Irish languages, including Irish Gaelic, which is the first official language of the Republic of Ireland and is still spoken in some parts of Ireland.

Discover the history of this language, or the oldest forms of writing discovered in Ireland. Some of its writings are said to date back thousands of years!

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Craic is a typically Irish term (of Gaelic origin), used to describe something “fun”, pleasant, and enjoyable. Difficult to translate, this term is used...[...]

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Although English is now the dominant language in Ireland, it is quite possible that you may come across an Irishman on your way who...[...]

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Contrary to popular belief, English is not Ireland’s first official language. For centuries the Irish have spoken an ancestral language known as Gaelic (also...[...]

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The consonants of Irish first names often have their origins in Gaelic, an ancient language still spoken in Ireland today. Even if most names...[...]

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This is the oldest known writing in Ireland, if not in the whole of the north west. Probably a variant of the Germanic runes,...[...]

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Today, Irish Gaelic is still spoken in Ireland, particularly in some areas, where Irish is still the mother tongue of the Irish population. These...[...]

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The term "Sláinte" (or Sláinte Mhaith) is a typically Irish Gaelic expression used when Irish people drink together. It means "Health" and is the...[...]

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"Erin go Bragh" is one of the strong Gaelic expressions in Ireland. The Irish see it as an oath of allegiance to their country....[...]






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