August 20, 2016

Speaking Irish in Ireland

The Irish language is spoken throughout Ireland, particularly in areas near Galway (such as South Connemara and the Aran Islands) where I have been visiting over the past week. Throughout Ireland children learn Irish in school and public sign posts are in both Irish and English. However, in these areas near Galway, the signs are only in Irish, Irish is the language of instruction in schools, and people can't build new homes unless they speak Irish. There are a few Irish-speaking speech and language therapists in this area, and two of them (Stephanie Brennan and Íde Ní Chonghaile) translated the Intelligibility in Context Scale (Scála Intuigtheachta i gComhthéacs: Gaeilge) into Irish in 2014. Here is a useful website about Irish:
Signs written in Irish (Gaelige) on Inis Mór, the largest Aran Island
Dr Rena Lyons at the NUI Galway Clinic Theiripe Urlabhra & Teanga
(Speech and Language Therapy Clinic)