Irish is a Goidelic language which comes from the famous island which contains the two countries of Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. With just over a million native speakers it is not a language you are likely to hear often outside Ireland. The language itself utilizes gender (masculine and feminine) and cases but also has a sentence structure which is unusual, in that the verb comes first in the sentence followed by the subject and then the object. If you have Irish ancestry this could be a very rewarding language to learn and use on your next trip to the Irish island.

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Duolingo is a popular language learning platform and they offer Irish. Check out the review here.

Irish Page has 125 Irish language lessons for free!

Bitesize Irish Gaelic has a a tiered monthly fee to access the resources but as of this writing there is also a 3 week free trial period.

Gael Talk is a small article about the '10 reasons to start learning Irish'

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Where Can I Study It?

University of Notre Dame offers a BA in Irish Language and Literature

Trinity College Dublin offers a BA in Early and Modern Irish

Dublin City University offers a BA in Irish and Journalism and a BA in Irish and Business

Famous Irish

Seamus Heaney
Won the 1995 Nobel Prize in Literature

Probably one of the most famous bands ever and they are still rocking.

Pierce Brosnan
Movie star in too many films to list but became very mainstream once he started playing James Bond.

C. S. Lewis
Famous for writing The Chronicles of Narnia, although he also wrote extensively about Christianity.

The Cranberries
This Irish band sold over 40 million records and was very popular in the 1990s.

James Joyce
Famous for writing Ulysses and Dubliners amongst others.

W. B. Yeats
Won the 1923 Nobel Prize in Literature

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