|73,804 in Ireland (2016)|
4,166 in Northern Ireland
Official language in
Proportion of respondents who said they could speak Irish in the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland censuses of 2011.
The Irish language (Gaeilge), also (incorrectly) referred to as the Gaelic or the Irish Gaelic language, is a
Irish has been the predominant language of the Irish people for most of their recorded history, and they brought it with them to other regions, notably
In An Caighdeán Oifigiúil (the official written standard) the name of the language is Gaeilge (Irish pronunciation:
Other forms of the name found in the various modern Irish dialects (in addition to south Connacht Gaeilge above) include Gaedhilic/Gaeilic/Gaeilig ([ˈɡeːlʲɪc]) or Gaedhlag ([ˈɡeːl̪ˠəɡ]) in