Gaeltacht Cois Fharraige

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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.

The headquarters for the Gaeltacht development authority Údarás na Gaeltachta is located in Na Forbacha.

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, the location for the Irish language TV station TG4.

Area Population Irish Speakers
Sliabh an Aonaigh 615 33% (204)
Bearna 2,367 24% (586)
Na Forbacha 1,211 39% (476)
An Spidéal 1.196 67% (813)
Cill Aithnín 806 78% (632)
Sailearna 1,241 82% (1,028)
Cill Chuimín 1,249 84% (1,054)
Total 8,685 55% (4,793)

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See also[edit]

County Galway

County Donegal

County Kerry

County Mayo

References[edit]

Dialects of Irish/Changing landscape p432