The current population of the Gaeltacht regions is approximately 85,000 with major concentrations of Irish speakers in the western counties of Donegal, Mayo, Galway, Kerry, and Cork. There are smaller concentrations in the counties of Waterford in the south and Meath in the east.
And now there’s one in Canada, too. I gather that it’s been around for 12 years, but had no actual land associated with it.:
Cumann na Gaeltachta in Kingston, Canada, recently purchased a 60-acre parcel of land to establish their permanent Gaeltacht site.
The Cumann na Gaeltachta was set up in 1995 by Belfast native SÃƒÂ©amus Mac Com Charraite and has flourished since. In September they purchased the lush green site with river frontage in South East Ontario near the US border for $60,000 (Ã¢â€šÂ¬46,000).
What the heck? 60 acres with river frontage for $60,000? I live in the bizarro-world of Vancouve real estate, but that sounds super-cheap. Regardless, let me wish them a hearty fearadh na fÃƒÂ¡ilte. Hope I got that right.
This would be a great story for the CBC, or some regional newspaper, but nobody appears to have covered it in Canada yet.