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Baile Ghib (English: Gibbstown) is a small Gaeltacht (Irish-speaking area) in County Meath, Ireland. It and one other village, Ráth Cairn, make up the Meath Gaeltacht. The Meath Gaeltacht has 1,591 inhabitants, representing 2% of the total population of Ireland's Gaeltachtaí (plural of Gaeltacht). The Meath Gaeltacht encompasses a geographical area of 44 square kilometres (17 sq mi), representing 1% of the land area of the Gaeltacht. By contrast, the county town of Navan, 8 kilometres (5.0 mi) from Baile Ghib, has a population of over 20,000.
The Baile Ghib Gaeltacht was founded in 1937, when Irish-speaking families were moved from Gaeltachts on the west coast of Ireland under the Land Commission. Baile Ailin (English: Allenstown) was established nearby at the same time as Baile Ghib, but proved less successful, with most of its inhabitants moving away. Each family received a house, 22 acres, farm animals and farm implements in exchange for land and property in their native county. Baile Ghib was eventually given official Gaeltacht status, along with Ráth Cairn, in 1967.
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