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This map shows the regions of the world where Irish Gaelic is commonly spoken (red circle). Currently 500,000 people still speak Irish Gaelic, but most of them are bilingual. They speak English as the primary language of trade and government.

Irish Gaelic comes from the Celtic branch of Indo-European. It is closely related to the Goidelic languages of Scots Gaelic and the extinct language of Manx. It is somewhat more distantly related to the Brytonic Breton, Welsh, and the extinct language of Cornish.

Daniel M. Short originally created this map and the other Indo-European language charts for his website at http://www.danshort.com/. I reproduce these images here with the author's permission, but they are copyrighted by Daniel Short as of 2002. These charts should not be reproduced or reused without Mr. Short's approval. You may contact him at danshort@gte.net for more information. These images are not public domain.


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