Conamara Theas

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Conamara Theas is an Irish-speaking district in the West of County Galway. There are around 7,000 people living in the area (excluding the Aran islands). Between 80% and 90% of residents are native Irish speakers.

It is also known as South Connemara and is the part of the Gaeltacht that is west of Cois Fharraige. It is a predominantly Irish-speaking area.

It covers the area from Ros a Mhil, Casla, Ceathru Rua, Ceantar na nOilean, Camus, Rosmuc and The Iorras Aithneach peninsula. The Conamara Theas variety of Connacht Irish is different from that of Cois Fharraige.

The ferryport for the Aran Islands is in Ros a Mhil.

Casla is the location of the national Irish language station RTÉ Raidio na Gaeltachta.

Ceathru Rua is the biggest village in the area and the location of the Irish language newspaper Foinse. There is also the Department of Spoken Irish at the National University of Ireland, Galway which has a centre in the village offering third-level courses to both students and overseas learners.

The NUIG also has a second educational centre in Carna.

Area Population Irish Speakers
Garumna 1,245 92% (1,148)
Leitir Móir 791 88% (703)
An Cromnpán 2192 88% (1,934)
Camas 375 90% (341)
Cill Chuimín 114 52% (60)
An Turlach 460 85% (394)
Abhainn Ghabhla 334 75% (251)
Scainimh 625 92% (576)
An Cnoc Buí 808 81% (658)
Cloch na Rón 85 21% (18)
TOTAL 7,029 6,083

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See also[edit]

County Galway

County Donegal

County Kerry

County Mayo

References[edit]

Dialects of Irish/Study of a changing landscape p432