Is Gaelic still a spoken language?
Irish Gaelic (Gaeilge nah Eireann) is a Celtic language spoken by 138,000 people as a first language, and by another 1,000,000 people as a second language in Ireland with 276,000 first-language speakers worldwide (Ethnologue).The language is sometimes referred to as Gaelic, Irish Gaelic, or Erse, but in Ireland it is
The classification of the Pictish language was once controversial, but it is now generally considered a Celtic language. Today, the main language spoken in Scotland is English, while Scots and Scottish Gaelic are minority languages. The dialect of English spoken in Scotland is referred to as Scottish English.
- Gaelic football (Irish: Peil Ghaelach; short name Peil or Caid), commonly referred to as football or Gaelic, is an Irish team sport. It is played between two teams of 15 players on a rectangular grass pitch.
- Of all the Irish pastimes the GAA set out to preserve and promote, it is fair to say that Gaelic football was in the worst shape at the time of the association's foundation (GAA Museum, 2001). There are historical references to a form of Irish or Gaelic football being played in Ireland as far back as the 14th century.
- Soccer is a game played by two opposing teams on a field 90 to 120 meters long and 45 to 90 meters wide. In international matches, the measurements are stricter. The minimum length is 100 meters and it cannot exceed 110 meters. The width has to be between 64 and 75 meters.
The 6 Celtic Nations as identified by the Celtic League are: Brittany, Scotland, Ireland, Isle of Man, Cornwall and Wales. These are considered to be the remnants of the once mighty Celtic peoples which stretched from Ireland to Turkey.
- There are some disputes as to whether or not Irish and Scottish Gaelic are different languages or if they are simply different dialects of the same language. The general consensus however is that Irish Gaelic and Scottish Gaelic have enough differences to be considered a different language.
- A DNA study of Britons has shown that genetically there is not a unique Celtic group of people in the UK. According to the data, those of Celtic ancestry in Scotland and Cornwall are more similar to the English than they are to other Celtic groups.
- Scottish Gaelic or Scots Gaelic, sometimes also referred to simply as Gaelic (Gàidhlig [ˈkaːlikʲ] ( listen)) or the Gaelic, is a Celtic language native to the Gaels of Scotland. A member of the Goidelic branch of the Celtic languages, Scottish Gaelic, like Modern Irish and Manx, developed out of Middle Irish.
Rarely, if ever, will you hear someone in Ireland referring to the language as Irish Gaelic. The word Gaelic is also pronounced very differently in both countries with the Irish pronouncing the word like GAY-lik and the Scottish pronouncing it like GAA-lik. This is a major difference with the two languages.
- Education is compulsory for children in Ireland from the ages of six to 16 or until students have completed three years of second-level education. The Irish education system is made up of primary, second, third-level and further education.
- Education for Children. Although children in Ireland are not obliged to attend school until the age of six, the majority of children begin school in the September following their fourth birthday. While primary and post-primary education is free, there are a number of costs involved.
- All persons resident in Ireland are entitled to receive health care through the public health care system, which is managed by the Health Service Executive and funded by general taxation. People who are not entitled to a Medical Card (i.e. 68.1% of the population) must pay fees for certain health care services.
Updated: 2nd October 2019