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Many aspects of Irish culture; Irish dance, music, and language were banned by the English along with Catholicism during Irish history. All the towns, counties, and provinces in Ireland were given anglicized names. When Ireland regained its independence, it reincorporated the Irish language back into the culture. Irish is also not a completely dead language, it is not like Latin. There are areas in the country which are predominately Irish speaking and RTE has many television programmes in Irish. All signs have both the Irish and the English versions of names. Learning Irish is needed to pass secondary school. Irish is also a main part of slang: Póg mo thóin=Kiss my butt. What's the craic?=What's going on? What's up? The majority of Irish placenames, family names, and many given names are from the Irish language.

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