In June on St. John’s Eve bonfires are being lighted all over the Aran Islands, and after dark we could even see some in the distance on the Connemara coast. It was very nice to sit around the big fire with a bottle of beer, watch the flames and listen to some of the local teenagers belt out some songs, ranging from some Irish songs to “American Pie”. Louis Walsh should come here for some talent-spotting!
The Aran Islands, as well as the Western coast of Ireland are the only places left whose inhabitants still speak Irish in everyday life.
Irish is a Gaelic language belonging to the same family as Scottish, Welsh and Breton. It is very different from English.
The Aran Islands are still somewhat "rural" and most of the inhabitants speak Gaelic, although English is not a problem at all.