10 Facts About Gaeltacht


The Gaeltacht districts were first officially recognised during the 1920s in the early years of the Irish Free State, following the Gaelic Revival, as part of a government policy aimed at restoring the Irish language.

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Gaeltacht areas were recognised in seven of the state's 26 counties.

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Gaeltacht boundaries have not officially been altered since then, apart from minor changes.

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The study added that a significant number of Gaeltacht schools had switched to teaching in English, and others were wavering.

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Critics drew attention to Section 7 of the Bill, which stated that all areas "currently within the Gaeltacht" would maintain their current Gaeltacht status, regardless of whether Irish was used.

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The report said that Irish in the Gaeltacht was now at its most fragile and that the State could not expect that Irish would survive as a community language if the State kept forcing the use of English on Gaeltacht communities.

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Meath Gaeltacht is the smallest Gaeltacht area and consists of the two villages of Rath Cairn and Baile Ghib.

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Meath Gaeltacht has a history quite different from that of the country's other Irish speaking regions.

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The Rath Cairn Gaeltacht was founded in 1935 when 41 families from Connemara in West Galway were resettled on land previously acquired by the Irish Land Commission.

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Permanent North American Gaeltacht is an area in Tamworth, Ontario in Canada.

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