138,000 in Ireland (European Commission 2012). Population total all countries: 276,310. L2 users: 1,000,000 in Ireland (European Commission 2012).
Cork, Donegal, Galway, Kerry, part of Mayo, Meath, and Waterford counties. Western isles northwest and southwest coasts.
3 (Wider communication). Statutory language of national identity (1937, Constitution, Article 8(1)).Widely used as L2 in all parts of the country (Salminen 2007).
Connacht (Western Irish), Donegal (Northern Irish, Ulster), Munster-Leinster (Southern Irish).
A number of children learn the language but the number is decreasing (Salminen 2007). Also use English [eng] (Salminen 2007).
Taught as an official language in schools and encouraged by the government.