On Thu, 11 Jul 1996, Panu H|glund BIB wrote:
> I don't think the number of traditional Gaeltacht speakers in Ireland is
> any higher than that of traditional Gaidhealtachd speakers in Scotland.
> If it were lower I wouldn't be surprised.
From what I have read (and these are very recent figures, c. 1994 or so)
the number of NATIVE Irish speakers who use the language in their DAILY
lives is about 30,000. For native Scottish Gaelic speakers who use the
language daily, the figure is between 70 and 80,000. The fact that
indigenous Gaelic is dying out despite the fact that Ireland has fairly
comprehensive Gaelic education frightens me, as Scots Gaelic seems to
have far less government support...
ach, na treig a' Gha\idhlig (no an Ghaeilge) co-dhiu.
Iain Mac Dho\mhnaill