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The Conor Pass, on the Dingle Peninsula, County Kerry, Ireland. People speak a mix of English and the Irish language in Dingle.
lion = leon
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Kenmare, County Kerry. It's a beautiful spot in Ireland.
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Irish Gaelic is the native ancient living language of Ireland.
It is two thousand years old.
Maybe you call it “Gaelic”. But that can lead to confusion with the related language spoken in Scotland.
In Ireland, we just call it “the Irish language”, or simply “Irish”.
If you have Irish blood, your ancestors spoke Irish Gaelic.
Larkin's pub in Garrykennedy, County Tipperary, Ireland. It's along the shores of Lough Derg.
The Irish language itself is in peril. That's with half of the world's language expected to become extinct (unused) in the next couple of generations.
Speaking even just a little Irish lets you make a real, deeper connection with your Irish heritage.
Na hAoraí in County Kerry, Ireland. A picturesque Irish village.
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Traffic (sheep) jam in Ireland. They'll only understand you if you use Irish Gaelic with them ;)
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