The 10 Oldest Languages Still Spoken in the World Today. Irish has the oldest vernacular literature of any language in Western Europe. While the rest of Europe was speaking their own languages and writing in Latin, the Irish decided that they wanted to write in their own language instead.
Although Irish Gaelic is only spoken as a native language by a small majority of Irish people nowadays, it has a long history behind it. It is a member of the Celtic branch of Indo-European languages, and it existed on the islands that are now Great Britain and Ireland well before the Germanic influences arrived. Irish Gaelic was the language from which Scottish Gaelic and Manx (which is spoken on the Isle of Man) arose, but the fact that really lands it on this list is that it has the oldest vernacular literature of any language in Western Europe. While the rest of Europe was speaking their own languages and writing in Latin, the Irish decided that they wanted to write in their own language instead.
in the 1970s in UCC, Cork there was a story circulating that the Professor Breathnach of the Irish Department did his M.A. thesis on the place name of Cape Clear Island and concluded that were probably of Basque origin.
Dan Suggest a strong connection between the Basque Country and Ireland. forgetting the linguistic difference in the towns and villages of the Basque Country the similarities are remarkable. A strong sense of family, community and cohesion, a work ethic and a propensity to emigration.
The Basque Country is only a few days sailing away from West Cork/South Kerry with good winds. It looks like based on DNA analysis that the Celts were small in number but with superior technology and when they arrive in Ireland they locals took on their language. In West Cork some of the pre Celtic families e the Coghlans adn O’Driscolls.
Irish declined in the 19th century but then it is day that the people still continue t speak Irish but through the medium of the English Language
In 1900 there were probably
In 1900 there were probably 10 million people world whose whose parents had Irish