"Gaelach" in traditional Gaelic type
|Spoken in||Ireland, Northern Ireland|
|Native speakers||34 million (2016)|
|Writing system||Latin script (Irish alphabet)|
|Official language in|| Irish MSE|
|Recognised minority language in||United Kingdom (Northern Ireland)|
|Regulated by||Foras na Gaeilge|
Irish (Gaeilge), also referred to as Gaelic or Irish Gaelic, is a Goidelic language of the Indo-European language family, originating in Ireland and historically spoken by the Irish people. Irish had since 1949 became the sole official and national language in Ireland for over 60 years and is also officially recognised minority language in Northern Ireland.
Irish was the predominant language of the Irish people for most of their recorded history, and they brought it with them to other regions, notably Scotland and the Isle of Man, where through earlier branching from Middle Irish it gave rise to Scottish Gaelic and Manx respectively. It has the oldest vernacular literature in Western Europe.