Reasons why it’s Irish, not Gaelic


  1. Everyone in Ireland calls it Irish. 
  2. Irish is in the Gaelic language family. Calling Irish ‘Gaelic’ would be like calling English ‘West Germanic’.Makes it very difficult to distinguish from other languages of the same family.
  3. Now here’s the kicker. Whether intentional or not, calling Irish ‘Gaelic’ promotes the idea that it is an ancient language and that it isn’t or that it shouldn’t be used today. It suggests that it is the language of the ancient Gaelic people, not of modern Irish people; as if it should be resigned to history. This is not true. Irish is most certainly a modern language. 

Mar sin, stad ar an bpointe boise le bhur dtoil.