« BackFears Gaeltacht areas could no longer exist in 10 years

gaeltachtThere are fears Gaeltacht areas could no longer exist in 10 years’ time.

Dialectologist with the School of Celtic Studies at the Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies, Dr Brian Ó Curnáin was speaking after addressing the Oireachtas Standing Joint Committee on the Irish Language this week.

Dr Ó Curnáin says the Government needs to devise a strategy to revitalise Gaeltachtaí across the country, including the two in Kerry – Corca Dhuibhne in West Kerry and Uíbh Rathach in South Kerry.

He says because older native Irish speakers are dying, and younger people aren’t competent in Irish, the Gaeltacht areas will be gone in 10 years if the Government doesn’t do something.