How many people speak Gaelic?

The number of daily speakers of Irish is estimated to be 20,000; the number of Scottish Gaelic speakers was about 59,000 in 2001.

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No one is really sure, but about 1,954,500 people in the world today have some knowledge of Gaelic. This includes speakers of Irish, Scottish Gaelic, and Manx (which is undergoing a revival). There are at least 1,000,000 people who are truly fluent in some Gaelic language, and as many as 2,000,000 have some knowledge.