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Poll: Do you speak Irish on a regular basis?

Bernard Dunne is leading a nationwide drive getting people to use whatever Irish they still remember. Would you use yours?

Musicians including the Coronas' Danny O'Reilly, and TV personality Aoibhinn Ní Shuilleabháin, help to launch Seachtain na Gaeilge.
Musicians including the Coronas' Danny O'Reilly, and TV personality Aoibhinn Ní Shuilleabháin, help to launch Seachtain na Gaeilge.
Image: Leon Farrell/Photocall Ireland

BOXER BERNARD DUNNE is currently fronting a nationwide campaign, launched for Seachtain na Gaeilge, seeking to encourage the Irish population to make whatever use they can of their knowledge of the Irish language.

The ‘Bród Club’ aims to instil pride among the population in their national language, and to coax them into using their knowledge of the language whenever the opportunity arises.

The campaign coincides with census figures which show that of the total number of people living in Ireland, 41.4 per cent of people over the age of 3 are able to speak the language – but only 0.88 per cent speak it outside the education system.

Today we’re wondering whether you regularly use your command of the language – and why, if not, you don’t use a language you may have spent 13 years learning.

Do you speak Irish on a regular basis?


Poll Results:

No (2115)
Yes (1372)


What factors encourage you to speak – or not speak – Irish? Let us know in the comments.

Column: Get back on the capall – we should be proud to use the Irish language

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