This article deals with Irish as it relates to NationStates. For more general information, see the Wikipedia article on this subject.
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Irish is a Goidelic and Celtic language of the Indo-European language family, originating in Ireland and historically spoken by the Irish people. In RL nations, it is spoken and enjoys official status within the Republic of Ireland. There are regions outside of Ireland where it is also spoken, though not by a huge majority.
Irish is also used, officially and unofficially, in several NationStates countries. Some of these nations use it as a first language, and others teach it for cultural value.
The Incredibly Nice Kingdom of Avaerilon
Irish is an official language of Avaerilon, and is the third most-spoken after Welsh and English. The language is most commonly spoken in Dunaemair, where it is the dominant language (since most of the population is of Gaelic extraction), but it is also spoken in parts of northern Fereldan where Irish immigration took place. It is taught in grammar schools universally from the age of 16-18, although some secondary schools (grammar and comprehensive) teach it at an earlier age. Primary schools in Dunaemair and Fereldan also teach the language. The dialect of Irish spoken in Avaerilon closely resembles that spoken in Conamara, western Ireland, particularly in pronunciation.
High Kingdom of Warre
Within the High Kingdom of Warre, Irish enjoys official status and is often uses before English in official decrees and government letters. Warre's educational system also stands firm in teaching Irish Gaelic from the beginning of a child's schooling.
Irish is an official language in Unitopolis, and is spoken fluently by about 237 million people, with a further 245 million having passable knowledge of the language. Irish was brought to Unitopolis by St. Kevin, who established a strong Irish culture and tradition within the country. An Teách Gaeilge, an Irish cultural institute in Zolka, has a permanent exhibition on the Irish language.
Media & Literature
Since 1993, Unitopolis has been home to AT1 (An Telefís 1), an Irish language TV station owned and operated by An Teách Gaeilge. While the majority of the shows are popular Unitopolitan shows redubbed in Irish, the station produces some of it's own shows like Ceathair ó Chlog (an afternoon chat show) and An Sásana (about a group of students living in England). The channel also shows Gaelic football matches, some with Irish commentary.