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ERIC Number: ED452713
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997
Pages: 29
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Irish: The Irish Language in Education in Northern Ireland. Regional Dossiers Series.
Willemsma, Adalgard; Mac Poilin, Aodan
This regional dossier aims to provide concise, descriptive information and basic educational statistics about minority language education in a specific region of the European Union--Northern Ireland. Details are provided about the features of the educational system, recent educational policies, divisions of responsibilities, main actors, legal arrangements, support structures, and qualitative information on a number of schools, teachers, pupils, and financial investments. This information is designed to serve the needs of policy makers, researchers, teachers, students, and journalists as they assess the developments in European minority language schooling. This information may also serve as a first orientation towards further research (additional readings are suggested and contact information provided). Specifically, information is provided on preschool, primary, secondary, vocational, higher, and adult education, as well as a review of educational research, summary statistics, and overall prospects for the use of the language under study. The subject of this dossier is Irish. It is a Celtic language closely related to Scottish Gaelic and Manx, and more distantly related to Welsh, Breton, and Cornish. According to a 1991 census, there are nearly 80,000 people in Northern Ireland who can speak, read, and write Irish and over 45,000 who can speak the language--about 10% of the total population of Northern Ireland. (Contains 22 references.) (KFT)
Mercator-Education, P.O. Box 54, 8900 AB Ljouwert/Leeuwarden, The Netherlands. Tel: 31-58-2131414; Fax: 31-58-2131409; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Collected Works - Serials; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Policymakers; Practitioners; Researchers; Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: European Commission, Brussels (Belgium).
Authoring Institution: Fryske Academy, Leeuwarden (Netherlands). Mercator-Education.
Identifiers - Location: European Union; United Kingdom (Northern Ireland)