72,000 in Ireland (2006 census). Less than 20,000 L1 speakers (Salminen 2007). Population total all countries: 106,210.
Western isles northwest and southwest coasts; Galway, part of Mayo, Kerry, Donegal, Meath, Cork, and Waterford. Also in Canada, United Kingdom, United States.
6b (Threatened). Statutory language of national identity (1937, Constitution, Article 8(1)).
Connacht (Western Irish), Donegal (Northern Irish, Ulster), Munster-Leinster (Southern Irish).
Widely used as L2 in all parts of the country (2007). A number of children learn the language but the number is decreasing (2007). Also use English [eng] (Salminen 2007).
Taught as an official language in schools and encouraged by the government.