Despite Gaelic being the official language of Ireland, only 1% of the population speak it on a daily basis, instead the main language in use is in fact English. Officially the second language of the country English is spoken by everyone in Ireland and in virtually all situations the inability to speak Gaelic does not affect everyday life.
Whether you speak British or American English (or some other form) is usually irrelevant, although some Irish people will have difficulty understanding strong non-Irish accents and you may find Irish pronunciation takes some getting used to.
Key Gaelic phrases
|Good morning||Dia dhuit ar maidin|
|Good night||Oiche mhaith|
|Sorry||Gabh mo leisceal!|
|Thank you||Go raibh maith agat|
|Help||Tarrthail! Foir orm|
|Where’s the toilet||Ca bfhuil an leithreas?|