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Island where Gaelic is spoken?

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Island where Gaelic is spoken?

Hi,

My husband and I are planning a trip to Ireland. He traveled to Ireland when he was in high school, and visited an island where they speak Gaelic. He would like to go back there because it was so beautiful. He remembers taking a ferry there, and that the people on the island sent their children to the mainland to learn English. Any ideas on the name of this place? Thanks for your help!

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1. Re: Island where Gaelic is spoken?

I could stand corrected, but I think there are fifteen such islands off Irelands coast - Counties Donegal, Mayo, Galway, Kerry and Cork.

Just off Clare coast there are three Arans - Mor, Iorr & Mann, any chance that it was one of these?

Access from Doolin (Clare) or Connemara.

http://www.aranislands.ie/aran_islands/galway

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2. Re: Island where Gaelic is spoken?

If this link works - this document may help him to jolt his memory:

takeoff.ie/pdfs-08/magazine-08-proper-layout…

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3. Re: Island where Gaelic is spoken?

Some othre suggestions (ignore that last link)

http://www.oileanthorai.com/

arainnmhor.com/Arainn_Mhor_Island/Welcome.ht…

http://homepage.eircom.net/~cogola/

(Cut and paste this link)

www.donegalislands.com/island_roy/index.php

http://www.inishbofin.com/

http://www.capeclearisland.com/

This is another helpful resource:

http://www.irelandsislands.com/

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4. Re: Island where Gaelic is spoken?

Sherkin or Cape Clear come to mind, I went to Sherkin as a schoolgirl and Irish was spoken then, but depending on his age, it could have been the Blaskets!!

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5. Re: Island where Gaelic is spoken?

Also bear in mind that the term 'Gaelic' is never used in Ireland for the Irish language - the language is called Irish :)

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6. Re: Island where Gaelic is spoken?

Cape Clear (oileán cléire) might be the best bet,it's off west cork

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7. Re: Island where Gaelic is spoken?

It think the "Islanders" or guide must have been blowing a bit of smoke up.......... to say the they had to send their children to the "mainland" to learn English.

Young, High School, American school tour. I would imagine a tour like that would not going anywhere remote so Im going to have to plug for the Aran Islands and Inis Mor(Big Island) in particular.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Inishmore

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8. Re: Island where Gaelic is spoken?

"Also bear in mind that the term 'Gaelic' is never used in Ireland for the Irish language - the language is called Irish :)"

Correct. It is Irish or Gaeilge. Nobody here would ever say Gaelic when referring to the language

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9. Re: Island where Gaelic is spoken?

Irish is sometimes known by the Anglicisation 'Erse'. A lot of people in Kerry speak through the Erse.

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10. Re: Island where Gaelic is spoken?

I used to know a girl who lived on Inisheer (Inis Oírr) - the smallest of the Aran Islands and she used to have to go to Galway City to board in the 80's.

They have their own secondary school now called

Coláiste Ghobnait.

http://www.aranislands.ie/aran_islands/galway

St Gobnait was a saint from County Clare and this island is the closest to County Clare.

schooldays.ie/school/col%C3%A1iste-ghobnait-…

http://saintspreserved.com/Gobnat.htm

http://www.strand-house-inisheer-aran.ie/