We are all a little Irish on St. Patrick’s Day. In the U.S., Irish is the second most common ancestry after German. So maybe there’s some truth to that (well there’s a we little truth in nearly everything right?)
But what many Irish-Americans or fans of the Irish may not know, is that Ireland and it’s people have their own language. The Irish language is known as Gaelic in English or Gaeilge in it’s native form. Though the term Irish is commonly used to describe the language. At one point in Ireland’s history English was a second language and at other “troubled” times the language almost completely died out as it was not taught in schools or widely used.
Today, Ireland has two official languages, English and Irish (Gaelic). Only small pockets of the population, mostly on the West Coast, use Irish as a first language. However, the language is taught in school and can be found on signs and official government communications.
To get a little luck of the Irish and have their eyes smiling at you check out these interesting links about Irish (Gaelic)