Today, Irish Gaelic is still spoken in Ireland, particularly in some areas, where Irish is still the mother tongue of the Irish population. These regions are known as “Gaeltacht”.
These regions are few in number (see map opposite), due to the advanced anglicisation of the rest of the country, and are all located on the west coast of the island: County Kerry, County Galway and Northern Ireland are mostly concerned.
In order to preserve the language, some of these regions have put in place a policy aimed at avoiding the decline of the Irish language at all costs. This policy involves the fact that all education (from primary to higher education) is exclusively in Irish, and that all road signs, advertising and public relations are in Irish.
In Gaeltacht, you will of course be able to converse with some Irish in the language of Shakespeare.
But be aware that some people make a point of speaking Gaelic, and take great pride in the fact that Gaelic culture is still cultivated today.