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This Map Shows The Extreme Decline Of People Speaking Irish Over 100 Years

By Sarah

November 17, 2017 at 10:41am

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Ireland was a pretty different place in 1911. We were under British Rule, yet still managed to have a large Irish speaking population.

This map shows just how many people over the age of 60 actually spoke Irish as their first language, showing that quite a lot of areas had over 90% of the population speaking it every day.

Here's how popular Irish was in pre-famine times

Irish 19 C

And here's what the Irish population density looks like today 

In 2011, only five or so areas have over 90% Irish speaking population.

Percentage Stating They Speak Irish Daily Outside The Education System In The 2011 Census

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