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Cois Fharraige is a coastal area west of Galway city, where the Irish language is the predominant language (a Gaeltacht). It stretches from Na Forbacha, Bearna, An Spidéal to Indreabhán. There are between 8,000 and 9,000 people living in this area.
The area is most often included within the definition of Connemara, but some say that Connemara does not come as far south as the Galway Bay coast. The Cois Fharraige accent is different from the Conamara Theas (south Connemara) accent - Conamara Theas was defined at a time when Gaeltacht Cois Farraige was not considered part of Connemara.
The proportion of Irish speakers ranges from 24% in Bearna to 84% in Cill Chuimín.
Bearna, a Gaeltacht village, is regarded by some as a suburb of Galway city due to its proximity, but there are still Irish speakers in its hinterland, and it still retains its Gaeltacht status. An Spidéal is majority Irish speaking and is the tourism centre of the region. Near Indreabhán is Baile na hAbhann, home of the Irish language TV station TG4.
|Sliabh an Aonaigh||615||33% (204)|
|Na Forbacha||1,211||39% (476)|
|An Spidéal||1,196||67% (813)|
|Cill Aithnín||806||78% (632)|
|Cill Chuimín||1,249||84% (1,054)|