Irish people promote the use of Irish Gaelic, which they call simply Irish, in all areas of life. Dual street names are just one sign of this, but there are also Irish names of pubs, signposts in both English and Irish, and names of people too have their Irish equivalents, or should I say Irish names have their equivalents in English?
Irish is taught in schools, and in some schools it is the language of instruction in all school subjects. There are parts of the country called Gaeltacht areas where Irish Gaelic is spoken on the everyday basis and people, especially school children, spend their holidays there to practise the language and get to know the Irish traditions.
There is a TV channel and at least one radio programme in Irish too.
I have also been told by Denis, my knowledgeable host that all public offices have to have at least one speaker fluent in Irish so that visitors who speak, or insist on speaking, only Irish, could be served.
I do hope that Irish becomes far more widespread as a result of all these measures. I can only wish them good luck with this!
Síolraíonn na teangacha Gaelacha ón Sean-Ghaeilge a labhraítí in Éirinn, agus ba teanga scríofa í ón 8ú Aois agus roimhe. Rinne Gaeil as Éirinn ruaigeanna, agus ina dhiaidh sin churadar fúthu in iardheisceart na hAlban. Thugadar an Ghaeilge leo, agus de réir a chéile ba í an Ghaeilge an gnáththeanga sa chuid is mó d'Albain go dtí an 17ú chéad.
The Goidelic languages, (also sometimes called, particularly in colloquial situations, the Gaelic languages or collectively Gaelic), historically formed a dialect continuum stretching from the south of Ireland, through the Isle of Man, to the north of Scotland. There are three modern Goidelic languages: Irish (Gaeilge), Scottish Gaelic (Gàidhlig), and Manx (Gaelg). However, older versions of literary Scottish Gaelic and Irish were similar enough to have been considered dialects of a single language.
Ireland has a strong gaelic culture. To promote the irish gaelic language, most roadsigns are bilingual: english and irish gaelic. The irish gaelic language is usually known just as irish. The photo shows a bilingual roadsign for Cork.