Jonas (stud185.shh.fi - 126.96.36.199)
|Posted on Thursday, March 08, 2001 - 09:51 am: ||
Would anyone of you have any good piece of information concerning the state of the Irish language in Uíbh Ráthach. Of course, I know full well that we aren't talking about a fíor-Ghaeltacht, but I was wondering whether we should talk about Gaeltacht Lág, níos laige, beagnach marbh or marbh ar fad?
If I'm not mistaken, about 25% of the adult population of Baile an Sceilg uses Irish every day, and about 85% claim a knowledge of Irish. Even though 25% is short of the numbers in Corca Dhuibhne across the bay (80-90%), I would think that a language isn't completely dead while it's spoken by every fourth in a village and know by almost every-one. I haven't visited the area, however, and if anyone of you know anythinh about either the whole of Uíbh Ráthach or just Baile an Sceil it would be interesting to hear.