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Gaelic is one of the three Goidelic languages. In the eighth article of Ireland’s Constitution, the Irish language was officially declared as the "main language" of the country. It’s also one of the 24 official languages of the European Union.

History of the language

The origins and development of the Gaelic language remain somewhat unclear, but it has been scientifically proven that Gaelic was already being spoken in 4th century Ireland. This early form of the language is referred to as “Archaic Irish” or “Old Irish.”

With the arrival of the Vikings in Ireland, more languages were introduced to the country, but they spread very little. Gaelic was the recognized official language until the 18th century when it began to decrease in importance due to increasing industrialization and development.

This was also due to the great famine from 1845 to 1951. To survive, many people immigrated to English-speaking countries like Britain, the United States, Canada, and Australia. When the people returned to resettle Ireland, the English language was introduced to the country.

English was considered the language of the upper class, the government, and the administration. On the other hand, Gaelic was the language of the lowest class and seen as the language of the tramps, farmers, and fishermen.

Gaelic and English today

Irish people who wanted to climb the social ladder in the 18th century needed to learn English. It was the only way they could receive information and help from the authorities. Today, English is still very common throughout Ireland, but in many Northern Irish schools, Gaelic is a course subject and is sometimes even used as the language of instruction.

All street signs in the country are written with the names or meanings in both English and Gaelic. Other public signs, such as restaurant signs or urban facilities are usually only written with the English name.

How much does a translation into Gaelic cost?

The standard rate for translations from English into Gaelic is $ 0.16 per word, and for translations from Gaelic into English, the industry rate is $ 0.16. For new customers or large texts (more than 5,000 words), we may significantly reduce our rates. For urgent jobs that need several translators working simultaneously, we'll apply a surcharge. For a full list of rates per language, please visit Rates table for most requested language combinations.

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