Erse leid

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The Erse leid (Airisch or Airish in Ulstèr-Scotch; Erse: Gaeilge) is a Celtic leid frae Ireland. It is sib tae Scots an Manx Gaelic, an is ane o the twa offeecial leids o tha Republic o Ireland an ane o tha thrie o Northren Ireland. Frae the 1st o Januar 2007, the Erse leid becam ane o the offeecial leids o the E.U. The Erse spak in Dunnygal is the nearest tae Scots Gaelic, but ither dialects isna sae eith tae lift for Scots Gaelic spickers.

The airts whaur Erse is still spak for common bi fowk is thegither cried the Gaeltacht. It is sindry bits o the kintra, whiles juist a single clachan, skailt athort sieven coonties - Dunnygal an Galway (the twa wi the maist), Mayo, Kerry, Cork, Waterford, an Meath. There's a wee pairt o Belfast whaur mony fowk spicks Erse an aw.

Aboot 1.66 million fowk spik Erse.