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Questions related to Northern Ireland which is a province, which occupies the northern portion of the island of Ireland. Northern Ireland, along with the countries England, Scotland and Wales together form the nation called The United Kingdom.

Asked in Catholicism, Eastern Orthodoxy, Northern Ireland

How many Catholic cardinals are there in the world?

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The number of cardinals varies as older cardinals pass away or new cardinals are appointed. There are currently about 180 cardinals world wide but only 120 of those are eligible to participate in a papal conclave to elect a new pope. Once a man reaches 80 years of age he remains a cardinal but is unable to vote. The pope usually will appoint new cardinals to fill the positions held when a cardinal retires or dies so as to keep the number of electors about 120.
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Is the word lad Irish or Scottish?

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Neither. Lad is derived from the English word ladde.
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Is Northern Ireland part of commonwealth?

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Northern Ireland is part of the United Kingdom, and therefore also part of the Commonwealth of Nations.
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What does Brits out mean?

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It is a slogan used by Irish republicans referring to their wish for there to be no British involvement in Ireland, including the British army and political involvement by Britain.
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Why does Ireland have so many castles?

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Because the kings at the time in history when castle were built, wanted to protect their lands from other kings. To do this, they had to build many castles. Improvement: There are many different types of castles in Ireland, of different periods, starting from fortified medieval castles that were built as defensive structures from around the 12th century to large pleasure type castles of the neogothic or Victorian period which were built by the very rich as a status symbol. In medieval times, there were a lot of local Gaelic kings or chieftains that would have had conflict with each other and had their own fortified castles for this reason. There are also countless Norman Castles, which were the homes of landowning families, but were also fortified for fear of attacks.
Asked in History of Ireland, Catholicism, Northern Ireland

What was the conflict between the Catholics and Protestants in Ireland?

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The original conflict between the Catholics and Protestants in Ireland was not truly a matter of religion -- it was a matter of social class. Put quite briefly, the majority of the population in Ireland, post 1000 A. D., was Catholic. They never underwent the church reform that England did in the 1500s. Thus, by the 1600s, England = Anglican (Protestant), and Ireland = Catholic. When England began to establish plantations in Ireland and establish themselves as the ruling class, they often did it in a relatively unpleasant and domineering fashion, making themselves unpopular with their new subjects in the manner of America and India. Hostility arouse between Catholics and Protestants in this way not because the religions themselves bore marked differences, but because these denominations were attached to two very different classes. Intermarriages were frowned upon, not for spiritual reasons, but because the Protestant was marrying below their class. This hostility between the denominations continued into the present for many of the same reasons. Protestantism represents the continued presence of England in Northern Irish affairs, while Catholicism bears the stigma of being the religion of the poor, the rebels, and the socialists intent on a free Ireland. I hope this helps answer your question. Tim Pat Coogan has published some very good books on the subject, and many books on the IRA give good, concise histories of earlier conflicts before the IRA. Answer Maggie, your answer is more or less correct. However, there is another aspect. British colonial activity in Ireland isn't to be condemned simply because it was executed in such a harsh and murderous manner. It is to be condemned because colonialism is always wrong. With regard to the harsh nature of the occupation here, the British government used religious difference as a political tool over and over again since inventing it shortly after the 1798 United Irish revolution. It has been used by both sides, to their mutual disgrace. For those who don't know, the United Irishmen aimed to unite Protestants, Catholics, and Dissenters in a single military force aimed to drive the British out of Ireland. (Not such an unrealistic idea - the population of each country was very similar). This scared the daylights out of the British, who relied on Ireland to feed the less agriculturally productive Britain. They knew that it was only a series of lucky incidents for them, and unlucky ones for the revolutionaries that allowed the British to hold on here. Therefore they had to find a way to divide and conquer. Throughout history, religion has worked nicely in this role. So yet again it was brought into play. One of the first markers of this was the founding of the Orange Order, an organisation dedicated to remembering William of Orange, a King of England of Dutch origin in the early 1700s. A fairly large scale war was fought between William and his rival for the throne - James throughout England, but mostly in Ireland. In reality, this war had little to do with Irish nationalists, as these were two foreigners fighting over what amounted to the throne of England and influence in Europe. Catholics and Protestants fought for both. After the United Irishmen revolution over 100 years after the Williamite wars, the British founded the Orange Order on the pretext that the Williamite war was fought exclusively by Protestants on one side, and Catholics on the other. It has all sorts of overtones of racial and ethnic bigotry associated with it. In any case, the Orange Order, and related organisations led and nurtured the Protestant Hatred of catholics. On the other side, the Catholic Church has always been the enemy of popular freedom movements throughout the world. In point of fact, most revolutionaries in Ireland were excommunicated by the church for their activities. It is only after we achieved independence that the church found a sense of nationalism, that had heretofore been undiscovered! Catholicism had been brutally suppressed in Ireland - catholics couldn't own properties, trade in certain circumstances, were subject to tithes to support the established church - (The Church of Ireland - an Anglican church), amongst other repressions. Eventually it was allowed back in. That time of repression allied to the propoganda of the catholic church fomented a misunderstanding of protestantism, and consequently helped to form a deep and abiding bigotry amongst some of the Irish Nationalist catholic populations. I'm sure there's more stupidity involved here too. In any case, both sides played into the British governments hands. It is easy to divide and conquer when there is already religious tension. This religious card was played over and over again by successive British governments to establish majorities at critical time in mainland British politics. It led to an institutionalised religious intolerance. Over time it has created a society in Northern Ireland that is unbelievably absurd. It is probably the most mollycoddled of places in the world. There is government funding galore, straight out of London, and increasingly Dublin. The political leaders have a world status unimaginably far in excess of what you'd expect when you look at the actual population and territorial limits. One can drive from one end of Northern Ireland to the other in at most a couple of hours. The entire population of Northern Ireland is a good deal less than that of Manchester in England. We don't see the Mayor of Manchester getting broadcast all over the world, and behaving like a spoied child. The church my girlfriend's family attends gets vandalised from time to time by catholic kids from the council estate nearby. As a person who grew up in a catholic family, it always astonishes me when catholics assume that Protestants are unionist, or perhaps even Orange Order members. I'd go so far as to say that the most prominent of Irish nationalist and revolutionary heroes were protestant. The person who first flew the tricolour was protestant, the leaders of the United Irishmen were protestant, many of the 1916 revolutionaries were protestant. Needless to say, the whole thing is stupid, stupid, stupid. Answer What do you mean by colonialism in proper? Ireland was a part of the realm after the Union of Kingdoms (1603)? And part of the British state by the Act of Union? Do you imply British imperialism with colonialism? And a counterfactual question: If reformation has succeeded, wouldn't have been an Irish question? Answer living here in northern Ireland the simple answer is that most protestant are proud to be british and wish to remain so . the majority of the roman catholics want a united Ireland some have used force to try and achieve this whilst the protestants have used force to oppose this . hope this is of some help to you all Answer PAULAall the answer is really, that prodestants wanted to take over Ireland, and Ireland wanted to be free and they went about this in a number of ways leading to some sad in murderous ways to get what they wanted. and this shaped many different views! Answer Plenty of good answers here. It's complex and simple at the same time. All in all, it's the british ace in the hole. Find differances, exploit them, and fuel the fire. Divide and conquer. Draw attention away from themselves and rule through their puppet. In the colony of N.Ireland their puppet was fanatical Relgious Scots who gave up their independance. Their reward was land in Ireland, military protection, the privilage of swearing alligiance to a foreign queen, loss of the true Scotish Identity (a very Proud and distinctly different one from that of britons), and of course, they could also call themselves british. What a treat. We can see this same technque "the relgious confict card" as I will label it. In other places the british did'NT accidently find themselves. In India, after they had robbed that country blind via a network of hired mercernaries, all of course directed and assisted by the british. They used the tatic as an exit stradegy. So, they rallied to the cause of fundamentalist religious fervor and divided the people of India. Hinduism was the dominant religion, some though were Muslim. They expoited the difference by carving out of India and new country...Pakistan. Complete with a divided and now disputed capital of Kasmir. Same ploy as in Ireland but for a slightly differant reason, was it employed. They, the british were overstreatched (like the Romans once found themselves)and the natives of either religion found common ground (Freedom). The difference though was that they left India. They were able to steal enough ( apperently enough to satisfy even the Devil) that they actually left. Ireland though, is too close to home. It was the first colony outside their home island. Plus their is a deep rooted racism against the Irish in british history and culture. They just can't accept the spirt of freedom in other people. People outside their own violent and racist sense of nationalism. Finally, The question should be "What IS the conflict. Not "what WAS the conflict", as there still IS the british colony of N.Ireland. Pherhaps altogether the best question should be..."What role is the british government resposible for in the conflict between the Catholics and Protestants in Ireland?" Answer The reason why the British continue to remain in Northern Ireland is to protect the majority that wish to remain a part of Great Britain. The IRA are a band of communists that do not give one iota for democracy nor the rights of the individual; the Irish included. What they aim for is a socialist republic along the lines of the former Soviet Union. This is evident in everything they say and do and they arn't fooling anyone. Yes, Great Britain was a colonial power and their model of government is the basis of Western democracy; including the United States. What we have seen in the last 5 hundred years is an improvement in the standard of living and wealth anywhere the British model of government has been established. Where it met resistance was from peoples like the IRA who didn't give a tinker's hoot about their own populations but attempted to maintain their own little fiefdoms "by any means necessary". Why was Great Britain a colonial power? The short answer is they had to. The old eastern trade routes were cut off by the Islamic empires and every European power had to find new sources of trade. Couple this with the fact that Great Britain itself was the most invaded country in history and you can imagine the attitude that might develop over the ages. Great Britain has nothing to apologize for. Are they perfect? Certainly not. But at least they had the stones to go out and stake their claim - which is more than I can say about the Irish. It should be duly noted that with all their bleating about how bad the British have been and that colonialism is so horrid, the Irish represent the largest demographic in North America and they seem to have exploited the very land that they claim shouldn't have been invaded - very well indeed. Maybe if Ireland actually pried its head out of its behind it may see that the British have been instrumental in the moving forward of mankind. How would you like to join instead of crying like a baby. Answer Wow !!! ... The last answer was racism and apologetics all wrapped up in the union jack like a big fish supper swimming in vinegar !!! A living testament to the definition of ignorance and (not very) subtle hate. Firstly, the author goes straight to the question of majority. The problem though, is that he failed to clarify what his idea of majority is... To this person, the majority of Irish people only pertains to the majority of 6 out of 32 counties which constitute Ireland ... Ireland being the island where Irish come from, thus making anyone born there "Irish". So, the Irish majority, in a democracy, would have to include the majority of counties that constitute Ireland and the Irish. These would be the 26 counties in the south. They actually constitute a majority that is not counted by the author above or the british government. The reason being that: if the majority of Irish were given the democratic right of Irish people to determine their own fate - they would most likely vote for complete independence from the savages that have murdered and stolen so much from them - just like many of the other victims of british colonial terrorism have chosen. Ireland was divided by the british under threat of an "immediate and terrible war" in order to cause a civil war between the Irish - a tactic they have perfected in many other countries. The reason they chose the area known as "Northern Ireland" is because they had a concentration of people loyal to them. People whose ancestors were enticed by the british to settle there in order to upset the majority of native Irish people. They were given free land and money by the british with the strict provision that they would not rent land to the native Irish in the area. Nor were they to hire native Irish to work for them. Thus, creating an artificial pro-british majority in that area. The area that was centuries later to become N.Ireland under threat of an "immediate and terrible war"... On top of all of that - N.Ireland house of government was considered (using the words from a statue in front of the building which housed the british "law " makers)... A Protestant parliament for a Protestant people". The above author failed to remember this glaringly obvious fact. I would hope he just didn't know any better. But I feel that he is unable to understand what a democracy is. Unlike the author above, I feel that it is not possible to have a democracy in a colony. Imagine if here in America the senate in New Yorkd declared the senate to be a "White Parliament for a White people"!!! Would Democracy be possible then? Well, according to the author above, we would have to say... Yes! Then,like a script being read we're subject to some conspiracy theories of communism to distract the reader. Imagine that... The communist union in Russia were not socialists. If you consider the definition of socialism. They were a military dictatorship. A workers union, is one form of actual socialism. The people who labor, control themselves. Through a democratic system of electing people to represent them for a short period of time. Until the next democratic election of representatives is chosen. Repeating that process, over and over again. The first thing communist Russia did was to dismantle these unions that began to form. During the time Russia was going through a civil war. Which the communist force won. Once the communists won - all elements of socialism were brutally dismantled. The only connection to socialism, by definition, is that they lied to their people and convinced them that they were a socialist gov., in name, and were there to serve them. That they should unite together under the communist dictators. In socialsm there is no room for a military dictatorship due to the fact that the people determine their own fate through constant elections and democracy. To ensure the wealth created by the workers. is equally and fairly distributed. ... Back to the people who created the wealth. The author's only credible argument is that the now defunct "Official I.R.A." considered themselves communist. He fails to mention the fact that the "P.I.R.A." split from the "Officials" because of the officials identification towards communism. His failure to mention this can be described as " selective amnesia ". ... Then we begin to get into the most deplorable part of the exhortation ... That Britain had to go around the world to murder, rape and steal from every country imaginable, just because they "had to". As is so eloquently explained under this form of idealogy. One could even use it to argue that the " son of sam killer" simply had no choice because the neighbor's dog's told him to do it. He "had to" kill people. What choice did he have ??? He had to !!! We also learn that Britain "was the most invaded country in history" (Vietnam ?) though we are not given the slightest example of evidence - which is a serious problem. Mainly, because the author above probably includes colonies invaded and held by "great Britain"... Colonies kept through brutal terrorism. Thus, in this senario, any victim of "great Britain" could be considered an enemy. Who is an "invader" ??? Despite the fact that they are the natives, when they take up arms to protect their homeland from british colonial terrorism, in their own land, which the british consider to be a part of "great Britain." Despite the feeling of unity with "great Britain" ... the non-british people in their country who found themselves imprisoned in a artificial entity called "great Britain". The author then informs us as to the attitude that they ,(the british) " might develop over the ages." This is true. People that are serial criminals and murderers develop,over a period of time, an attitude towards their victims... A very twisted and sadistic attitude in which they have nothing "to apologise for"... As the above author clearly informs us. Then we are told that the british "atleast had the stones to go out and stake their claim." Which claim is this ? Is it the gold rush ? Is it the claim to inventing a game that you regularly and embarrassingly get defeated at ? ... Is it the claim to having a large body and a small head ? Is it an insurance claim for your dimwit girlfriends lost camera in the English colony of Ibiza ???... Or is it for the salty tears that now run down your face for the loss of your capital city to all of the people that you have taken the piss out of for so long ??? Why don't you just go and invade the Wembley pitch when it's ready ... in the meantime .... ha ha !! Answer The British government has used religion to divide Ireland for centuries. They have brutishly executed Irish rebels. While I am on that point they have also wiped out the Scottish Highlanders who oppossed British rule. They have nealy destroyed the Gealic languages of Scotland and Ireland. The Ulster plantations effectivly cut off the Scottish geal from his Irish brother. The Scottish Presbiterian population of Ulster are now bitter enemies with the Irish Catholics. They are separated not by RELIGION, but by a identity of being truly BRITISH or IRISH! The hatred will only end if there is a sense of unity between the two. anyway, we are both from the same gealic clan! We are the same people!
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What part of Belfast is in County Down?

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The part that is south of the river Lagan.
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What languages are spoken in Ireland?

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English, Gammon, Irish Gaelic and Ulster Scots are the languages spoken in Ireland. Everyone knows English, Irish Travellers speak Gammon and many of the Irish use Gaelic either a little bit or a lot. Mainly English but in certain parts called the Gaeltacht the original Irish language is encouraged and spoken to try and keep the language alive but 99 percent of the population speak English as their first language English is the predominant language in Ireland. The native language Irish Gaelic is spoken by 2 or 3% of the population. Gaelic is the official language of Ireland but the majority of the country speak English as their first language. Outside of that there are immigrants which speak their native tongue such as Polish and the languages taught in schools such as French and German. English is the primary language, they also speak Irish (a Celtic language), and the languages of recent immigrants. Ireland has both English and Gaelic was a spoken language. Irish and English are Ireland's two official languages. English is the most commonly spoken. Some Irish people would have knowledge of other languages, but wouldn't necessarily use them very often, except when travelling. English and irish would be the expected answers here. I would imagine though that Polish is spoken as often or more often than irish. Ireland has 2 official languages: Irish (Gaelic or Gaeilge), referred to as "the first official language", and English. Laws, etc., are published in both languages but in the event of a legal challenge or interpretation the Irish version has precedence over the English. Irish is the old native language but we speak English as a first language. Irish and English. English and Gaelic , the native language of Ireland .. e.g failte , which means welcome english Yes. most Irish people speak English. A minority speak Irish nearly all Irish people speak English, and a lot speak Irish too, though it is more prevalent to speak it day to day in the west of Ireland The official languages of the Republic of Ireland are Irish (also known as Irish Gaelic, as distinct from Scottish Gaelic or the extinct Manx Gaelic) and English. Irish is the first language only in Gaeltacht regions (mostly found in western Ireland) and English is the first language of the majority of the inhabitants of areas like Dublin. Ullans and Cant are minority languages. Most Irish people speak English. Some speak Irish and English. A small few speak Gaelic only English and Gaelic(Irish) Irish or gaeilge Irish and English are both official languages but English is used in everyday conversation by most people Both languages are spoken in Ireland, with the majority speaking English. in Ireland the main language spoken is English. but Irish/Gaelic is Ireland's native language Well English for one, but Irish-Gaelic otherwise. I don't know the Irish equivalent but I will try with the Scots version: Eirinn Gaidhligh The main languages in Ireland are English & Irish Gaelic. They speck english but in some towns they speck gaeigle English as our first, and Irish (Gaeilge) as our second. This is not counting the foreign population of recent times. The Irish Travellers speak a dialect among themselves called 'Shelta". Irish (Gaelic) and English Most people in Ireland speak English. However, some people in rural Gaeltacht areas in south-west, west and northwest also speak Irish or Gaelic - but not many. There are also some 2nd language speakers in the urban east coast cities Dublin and Belfast. There is a growing number of primary gaelscoils - schools where Irish is spoken, and young kids learn it. But there are probably as many Polish and Chinese speakers, with Russian, Arabic and Hausa up there as well. Engrish English is the main language and some people speak Irish. They are the two official languages of Ireland. Outside of those there is no real third language spoke by Irish people. Many Irish people can speak other languages, typically some of the other European languages. There are also people from other countries in Ireland who speak their own languages. English is predominant, but a minority is blingual in Irish and English. Irish and English are the official langauges of Ireland. Irish is sometimes associated with 'Éire.' English is the predominant speech of the Republic of Ireland. Ir elands language is Irish, but in Irish it's Gaelic. Some ppl think that the Irish language is the same as English but it's not. The native language of Ireland is Irish (Gaelic) which is a Celtic language related to Scottish and Manx Gaelic and less closely to Welsh, Cornish and Breton. Ireland has 2 official languages: Irish (Gaeilge) and English English but 72,000 people speak Irish as their mother tongue, usually in the Gaelteact regions. English is the most common languge in Ireland The official languages of the Republic of Ireland are Irish (Gaelic) and English. The majority speak English (or dialects of English), English and Irish (Gaelic) are the official languages of the Republic of Ireland, with English being the dominant. People in Irish-speaking communities, Gaeltacht regions, are limited to the low tens of thousands in isolated areas mostly on the western seaboard. According to the 2006 census, 39% of the population regard themselves as being able to speak Irish at a conversational level. Gaelic English! Irish is used as a second language! Irish is the first official language an English is the second official language. Most people speak English in Ireland, but the dialect is very different. Only 10,000-20,000 people speak Irish daily, but the majority of English speakers also speak Irish well. The languages are Irish (Gaelic) and English. The primary language in most areas of Ireland is English, though everyone that's Irish learns the Irish language in school up to the equlivent of G.C.S.E. level. There are some areas in Ireland that still speak Irish exclusively called gaeltacht areas. English Irish Gaelic Irish, or sometimes known as Gaelic. A term generally used by most is Irish Gaelic. Gaelic is sometime used to refer to the native language of Ireland, but there are three languages in the same family: the native languages of Ireland, of Scotland, and of the Isle of Man. These are the Goidelic languages. See link for more. English is the most widely spoken language. Irish is also spoken and is the official language. Constitutionally, the first, official national language is Gaeilge, which originated in Ireland prior to written history and is still taught in Irish schools. Practically, Ireland is a bilingual country with both Gaeilge and English spoken. However, speakers of Gaeilge as a first language, are now in the minority.The term, Irish Gaelic, or simply Gaelic, is still used by some, mostly foreigners, reminiscent of past foreign domination. Irish and English are Ireland's two offical languages. Irish and English Irish English is the main language spoken but Irish is also an official language. Irish is the main language to have originated from within the island, while others have been introduced through foreign settlements. Since the late nineteenth century, English has been the predominant first language. A large minority claims some ability to use Irish, even though it is the first language only for a small percentage of the population. Within the Republic of Ireland, under Bunreacht na hÉireann, the Irish constitution, both languages have official status, with Irish being the national and first official language. Other languages are: Hiberno-English Mid Ulster English Scots Shela Polish French German Irish Sign Language ect... Nearly all Irish people speak English but in the Gaeltacht areas, which are mostly in parts of western Ireland, Irish is still spoken. Irish and English are the two official languages of Ireland. Irish is sometimes referred to as Gaelic, as it is one of the Gaelic languages, and in Irish it is referred to as Gaeilge. There are some parts of Ireland where 50%+ of the people speak Gaelic, but most everyone you meet will know English as well. Irish is the first official language and is the national language of Ireland. English is the most commonly spoken language. Minority languages include Ulster Scots and Gammon. There are two official languages, English and Irish Gaelic. English The 2 languges are Irish and English. English is the main language in Ireland. Officially the first language of Ireland is Irish, often referred to as Gaelic by people outside of Ireland. It is only spoken fluently by a minority, predominately along the west coast of Ireland. Irish does feature a lot in everyday things in Ireland such as placenames, names for organisations and public bodies, and some official titles. The head of government in Ireland is know as the Taoiseach (Tee-shock). Other members and institutions of government also have Irish language names. There is a national radio station that broadcasts in Irish and also a national television station. The Irish national anthem is always sung in Irish. The teaching of Irish is compulsory in Irish schools. Some state jobs have a requirement for Irish. As in any country other languages are taught in schools and with an increased immigrant population in Ireland over the past 20 years, more languages are being spoken in Ireland. Irish and English Ireland speak English but technically the national language is Irish. Gaelige (that's Irish in Irish...) and English. Both are listed in the Constitution as official languages. two Gaelic and English Dia Duit is Irish for Hello Irish Gaelic and English. Irish and English Officially Irish but majority speak English, also in northern Ireland there is a large ulster Scots community which has its own language The most widely spoken language in Ireland is English. There is also the Irish language, known Gaeilge, or as people outside Ireland would call it: Gaelic. It is not as widely spoken and in it varies in the different parts of Ireland that it is spoken, in the same that any language is spoken differently in different parts of a country. Irish (Gaelic) and English Irish gaelic and english. Though there is a significant eastern E.U. minoirity population in ireland which speak Polish. the official languages of Ireland are Irish (Gaelic) and English Irish and english Irish English Ulster Scots Shelta English is the most commonly used language but Irish, Gaelic and Ulster Scot are still spoken in some parts. English or Irish Some schools in the south only allow speaking in gaelic. But the overall language they speak in the republic is English! English and Irish. The primary language of the Irish Republic and N.I. is English. The native language of Ireland is called Irish (Gaeilge) by the Irish and 'Gaelic' by non-Irish. It is a community language in parts of 3 counties today and is a school subject in the Republic. There is government support for the language but its number of speakers is dwindling. There are however Gaelscoileanna (all Irish-language schools) that had had some success. The Irish Traveller communities use a language called Cant/Gammon/Shelta among themselves. Ireland has received many immigrants in recent years and as result you may hear Polish or Mandarin more often than Irish/Gaelic in some places. English and Irish ("Gaelic") are official. Virtually all Irish speakers can speak English. Irish first English second Irish people speak english. English and Gaelic... The latter is also known as Erse or Irish. English and Gaelic. Before the English language was imposed upon Ireland, the Irish spoke Irish Celtic (Gaelic) alternately known as Erse. English. Mostly English is spoken but in the 7 gaelteach areas around Ireland it is Gaelic, which is the native Irish language. A majority of the Irish population speak english, however there are 7 gaelteach areas around Ireland that speak fluent Irish and use it as there everyday language such as Conamara in Co. Galway. The language itself is known as "Gaeilge" meaning "Irish" or Gaelic. Hope I Helped :) English and Irish Irish they speak english.
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What is the antipode of Belfast?

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The antipodes from Belfast, Northern Ireland is a point in the Southern Ocean, south of New Zealand.
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What is the closest city in the US to Ireland?

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Boston would be the closest major city in the USA to Ireland.
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What languages are spoken in the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland?

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While there is not actually an official language of the United Kingdom, English is by far the most widespread, and is spoken by virtually the entire population. It is the language used in government, the media, literature, education, and commerce. There are also several minority languages. Scots in its pure form of Doric or Lallans is spoken in rural in rural Scotland and almost impenetrable to non Scots. Welsh, a Celtic language, is spoken in Wales. Welsh is the fastest growing European language, and consequence of the advent of Welsh medium schools. There are 2 "official" languages used in the legal system - English, by common law and Welsh by statute. In addition, England is a melting pot, and many immigrant languages are spoken in large populations, such as Arabic, Bengali, Hindi, and Polish. The main language spoken is English. Other recognised languages are... Scots, Welsh, Gaelic and Cornish. The official language of the UK is English, although with immigration, many other languages are spoken. On our wonderful little island the English language is the official one. French is the language of France, not of Britain. It has no official standing in Britain, other than as one of the languages of the European Union. Nevertheless, French is often taught in the schools of Britain so many people there know the language. We have English, Welsh and there are some school which teach old languages such as Gaelic and Celtic but these are very rare and not spoken by communities. We also have a whole of Arabic and Paki (Pakistani) and Mandarin Chinese. Although these languages are not native to the united kingdom the majority of the population aren't English in the Uk anymore so it has been proven that you can get free housing, money and healthcare in the UK and not speak a word of English! Thanks! English English Welsh Scottish Gaelic various immigrant languages ************************************************************* English, the very same language in which you composed your question, and in which I am answering your question, but a different dialect. You see, they spell their words differently than Americans do. Example: American English: Color English English: Colour American English is derived from English (England) The official language of Britain is English. However, Gaelic and Welsh are also spoken by a minority of people in Scotland and Wales respectively. English, a version with some differences to US English but generally mutually understandable. The 1 official language of the United Kingdom is English There are also 6 languages locally recognized by the government: Cornish Irish Gaelic Scottish Gaelic Scots Ulster Scots Welsh Here is a list of all 16 locally spoken languages: 1. Angloromani 2. British Sign Language 3. Cornish 4. English 5. French 6. Gaelic, Hiberno-Scottish 7. Gaelic, Irish 8. Gaelic, Scottish 9. Manx 10. Old Kentish Sign Language 11. Polari 12. Romani, Vlax 13. Romani, Welsh 14. Scots 15. Traveller Scottish 16. Welsh In addition, there are large immigrant communities that speak native langauges such as Arabic, Hindi, Bengali, and many others. The most commonly spoken language is English, which is the first language of over 90% of residents. Other languages spoken in Britain include Welsh and Scottish Gaelic. People immigrating to Britain have also brought many other languages with them, and there are significant numbers of speakers of languages such as Punjabi, Urdu and Cantonese. See the related link to Wikipedia for more information. english and french English and Irish in Northern Ireland English is the de facto official language of the UK. Irish Gaeilge, Scottish Gaelic, Scots and Welsh are widely spoken in some areas. In the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, they speak mainly English, but small minorities speak Welsh (Cymru), in Wales, Scots Gaelic in the north of Scotland, and Irish Gaelic in the Republic of Ireland. Also on the Isle of Man, they speak Manx Gaelic. Mainly English Partially French Spanish German Polish Africaans Indian Asian Loads more Immigration is usually the reason, but they bring culture, great food and more jobs to our growing community.) English is the official language of the UK. Welsh and Gaelic are also spoken by a minority of people in Wales and Scotland. Immigration has meant that most languages of the world can now be heard in the UK, particularly in large cities. The national language of the United Kingdom is English. Some people in Wales speak Welsh and some in Scotland speak Gaelic. There is also Cornish and Manx but very few people, if any, can still speak those languages. High levels of immigration over the last 50 years mean that just about every one of the world's languages is now used by immigrants to the UK. The official language of the UK is English. Scottish Gaelic and Welsh are also recognised languages. With massive immigration over the last few decades, many other languages are also spoken amongst ethnic groups - particularly in the big cities. English is the primary language English is the main one. Wales also uses Welsh which is taught in schools. Road signs are in Wales are in English and Welsh. There are some Gaelic speakers in Scotland but this is much less prominent than Welsh. The national language of the United Kingdom is English. English. English is the most common language spoken in The United Kingdom. The official language spoken in the United Kingdom is English. The United Kingdom doesn't have an official language per se, but the most spoken language is English. The official language of the UK is English. However, because of increased immigration in the last few decades, many more languages are spoken as well. English English is the official language in the United Kingdom. However, there are many languages spoken in the United Kingdom, as people from many different countries live there. The official language of the UK is English. Welsh and Scottish Gaelic are also recognised. However, due to mass immigration in recent years, virtually all of the world's languages can be heard in the UK, particularly in the large cities. The main language is English. In some areas there are pockets of people who also speak Welsh or Gaelic. English, Welsh, Irish and Scottish Gaelic (Celtic languages) and Cornish. English is the official language of the UK. Gaelic is spoken by some people in the islands off the west coast of Scotland and Welsh is spoken by some people in Wales. The dialect of Scots, which is based on English, is spoken by some people in Scotland. However, due to massive immigration in recent years, most of the world's languages can now be heard in Britain - particularly in the big cities. there are four that i know of so there. and you did the sentence wrong. english welsh and gaelic Scotch, Welsh and Irish English mainly, bit of Gaelic in Scotland and Welsh in Wales. Mostly ones that fall under the Indo-European family of languages. Obviously, the most widely spoken language in the United Kingdom is English. However, there are many other native languages which should be listed. These include Cornish, Welsh, Scottish Gaelic, Irish, and others. The majority of these languages are in the Celtic language family and became marginalized due to the Anglo-Saxon conquest of the British Isles. They are making a comeback, however, as more and more people want to learn them as part of their heritage. It isn't uncommon to see street signs in these languages when visiting various parts of Britain and the BBC even uses them in local broadcasts. Of course, due to large immigration from various parts of the world, many Britains speak a wide variety of languages which would be too numerous to list. There are various different languages spoken in the UK. Most natives speak only English. There are many Asians who speak Mandarin or Cantonese. British English English and Welsh English English English, Welsh, Cornish, and the Scottish and Irish forms of Gaellic. The official language of the United Kingdom is English. Welsh, Cornish and Gaelic are also spoken on the island of Britain. English, but the foreign people can speak their native tounge. United kingdom speak english american english The official language of the UK is English but due to large numbers of immigrants in recent years, many other languages are also spoken. The most used language is British English. British English is not much different than other forms of English. For example, if I began talking to a British person in American English, he would understand me.
Asked in Ireland, Northern Ireland, Road Distance

How many miles is belfast to killarney?

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Depending on the route you take, between 270 and 290 miles or 433 kilometres and 466 kilometres. The shorter distances may not have as high a quality of roads, so would not necessarily be quicker in travel time.
Asked in Northern Ireland

What is the capital of Northern Ireland?

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Belfast is the capital of Northern Ireland, although London is the national capital of the United Kingdom, of which NI is part. Belfast is the capital and largest city of Northern Ireland.
Asked in Languages and Cultures, Northern Ireland, Accents and Dialects

Why do Northern Irish speak with a Scottish accent?

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Answer - No they do not speak with a scottish accent, yes us Scottish & Irish have similar words but they speak with a different accent to those in the south, just like thos in Edinburgh have a different accent to us in Glasgow, or those in London have a different Accent to those in Yorkshire. Northen Ireland is near to Scotland so they accent will be similar, just think about those from Newcastle sound a mixture of Scottish & English, that's because Newcastle is near Scotland. iv lived in belfast for 3 yrs an have a belfast accent,im scottish though,it is so easy to pick up Irish accent,any Irish accent* Scottish Accents in Northern Ireland Because the English encouraged Scots to settle there, hence the term "Scotch-Irish". It is NOT "Scotch-Irish", the correct term is "Ulster-Scots". And they were not "encouraged" per say, but rather forced from their land, it was actually the Protestant English that were encouraged to settle here. Secondly, as you may have noticed.... we don't speak with a Scottish accent! While many Scots did settle in the north of Ireland (and there are similarities between the two as compared with the Irish of the free state/Republic) Ulster men and women speak very differently than the Scots. Please don't compare Sean Connery with a bad version of the North such as Brad Pitt's in "A Devil's Own"! i am from northern Ireland there for my accent is northern Irish and people in the south have a southern accent, either way everyone in the whole of Ireland north and south have an Irish accent! the only people who speak with a scottish accent r the scottish! Depends on what you mean by 'Northern-Irish'. I am originally from Belfast but often I have difficulty in distinguishing a Donegal accent from my own (Donegal is the northernmost county in the Republic of Ireland). Defining the 'Northern-Irish' as the whole northern part of the island, at least in terms of accent, is probably more accurate than confining it to the six counties of Northern Ireland. Having said that, as someone who has lived away from Ireland for over a decade, I have noticed that in several counties south of the 9 counties of Ulster, such as Louth, one can hear northern vowel sounds (.e.g. "eight" prounced 'ee-ut', or "you" prounced 'yoo', or "now" prounced 'now-eeh'. Such a phenomena is not unique to Ireland. People in the Danish island of Bornholm speak Danish in a Swedish accent, and Swedes who live in the southern part of Sweden 'Skona', speak Swedish in a Danish accent. Northen Irish people speak with a Nothern Irish accent. I can appreciate that for outsiders they may sound similar but if your from N.I or Scotland, you will realise that they are distinctely different. Within in Northern Ireland there are a variety of discernable accents. Some Northern Ireland people living in North Antrim and East Down have broad accents which are more similar to the Scots than to those from Derry and Armagh. Northern Irish accents and those of some of the West of Scotland have similarities in vowels and in intonation - the way the accent stresses important words and syllables. There are differences between the accents but to an untrained or a non-local ear it can be really hard to distinguish between them. Actors doing a West of Scotland accent or a Northern Irish one can easily slip from one to the other, sometimes within 2 sentences! It should also be noted that there is not one generic Northern Irish or Scottish accent. There can be a huge variety with subtle differences from one village to the next. I am Southern but having heard Scottish accents and Northern accents I can distinguish between them. The Northern accent (also found in Co.Donegal and Co.Monaghan in the Republic of Ireland) is more drawling, and slower. The Scottish accent is faster and not as drawling. I can say that the Northern Irish do not speak with a Scottish Accent. However there are many different dialects and versions of the accent through the 9 counties. I am from a town called Larne which is only 25 miles away from Scotland, therefore I speak with a very "broad" northern Irish accent, and have been told many times that I am scottish. I suggest checking out two radio stations: BBC Ulster and BBC Scotland ( to hear the difference! They don't. You just can't tell the difference. Accents all over the world change about every 30-40 miles or so. My wife and I were in Chicago a couple of years ago talking to someone from San Francisco and we couldn't tell the difference between Chicago or Frisco accents but I'm sure there is. However, I do know a New York accent when I hear one - 'Hey goil, go to woik'. I'm from the east of Scotland, and my accent is very different from that, spoken in the west of Scotland. I always thought the west of Scotland spoke with a similar accent to the northern Irish due to the large influx of Irish workers that have settled there ? It all depends on how you look at it,I suppose? Lets just put it to bed lads... People from Northern Ireland speak prodominatly with a Northern Irish accent. This may sound closer to a Scottish accent than a full blown Irish accent does. It is not a Scottish accent. I could tell the difference after two words! In the same way I could tell the difference between a Dublin/Cork/Limerick accent or a Glasgow/Edinburgh/Highland accent. Maybe I have the advantage of a Scotsman living in Ireland. But all these accents are different!!!! They Dont have a scottish accent.......simple as Northern Irish people do NOT have a Scottish accent. Or vice-versa. People from Northern Ireland have a Northern Ireland accent. People from Scotland have a Scottish accent. However a Glasgow-Scottish accent is different from an Edinburgh, Aberdeen, Inverness or Dundee accent. Just as New York is different from Chicago, New Orleons or San Francisco. There is no such thing as an American accent.
Asked in Northern Ireland, Postal Codes

What is post code for Portadown Northern Ireland?

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BT62 is the initial part of the code. Within Portadown itself, there would be further subdivisions with a code of one digit and two letters. For example, the town hall is: Portadown Town Hall, Edward Street, Portadown, Armagh, BT62 3NE
Asked in Business & Finance, Ireland, Northern Ireland

The code to ring a Northern Ireland mobile?

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All Northern Ireland mobile numbers start with 07. What you do is dial the international dialling code, which is 0044 and then drop the first zero of the mobile number and then starting with the 7, dial the rest of the number. So if the number was 07999999 then you would dial 0044 7999999.
Asked in Ireland, Northern Ireland

Is cork northern or southern Ireland?

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Cork is in the south of Ireland
Asked in Boat Insurance, Northern Ireland

Is boat insurance mandatory in Northern Ireland for a 17' speed boat?

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Third party insurance is mandatory on all waters controlled by British Waterways, who will not issue a licence until they have received proof of insurance. On coastal waters and other stretches of water not controlled by British Waterways there is no such restriction, however most harbour authorities and the like will not allow you to use their facilities if you do not have liability cover. In my opinion, you would be well advised to obtain a minimum of �2,000,000 worth of liability cover before using your boat. Its not worth the risk, if an accident should occur. Why not visit for further advice and to obtain a quote for your insurance.
Asked in Northern Ireland, Example Sentences

What is a sentence for manner?

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Kenea shows good to her respect to her teacher
Asked in Ireland, Passport Requirements, England, Northern Ireland

Do people need a passport to go to the Republic of Ireland?

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In most cases, Yes. But the situation is complex. Officially, citizens of the UK or Ireland don't need a passport to enter Ireland from the UK, but all other nationalities do. But you need some form of ID to prove you are an Irish or British citizen, and the only form of ID generally accepted are a drivers license or a passport. The drivers license must be a UK or Irish license and you must have been born in the UK or Ireland. This is because the drivers license doesn't state your citizenship, only your place of birth. To use it as evidence of citizenship, you have to have been born in either the UK or Ireland. Technically, only those born in the UK before 1983 can use their license to travel, this is because UK law was changed in 1983 and anyone born after this date is not guarenteed to be a citizen. In short, you may enter Ireland from the UK without a passport if: * You are a UK citizen, or * You are an Irish citizen, and * You are born in the UK before 1983 or in Ireland, and * You have a full UK or Irish drivers license Anyone else needs a passport. If you needed a visa to enter the UK, you need a new Irish visa to enter Ireland. These rules are enforced in the airports and to a lesser degree in the shipping ports, but hardly at all on the land border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. When entering the Republic from Northern Ireland, non-UK and Irish citizens (including all EU nationals) are technically required to register their passport at the nearest Garda station (Police station), but this rule is not enforced at all. Exactly the same rules apply when entering the UK from Ireland. However, there is currently no enforcement even in the airports. The UK government plans to begin enforcing the rules in airports in 2009 and in sea ports by 2012. There is no plan to enforce the rules along Ireland's long land border with the UK. Finally, everyone wishing to enter Ireland (or the UK) from a third country needs a passport (or EU national ID card), including UK and Irish citizens.
Asked in Languages and Cultures, Northern Ireland

What languages are spoken in Northern Ireland?

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English is the main language spoken in Northern Ireland. There would also be some Irish spoken in some parts. There would be other languages spoken by natives of other countries who are living there. Yes, mostly in rural areas of counties Down, Antrim & Londonderry. People who speak Ulster-Scots tend to call it Ulster-Scotch. Mainly English and Irish but some people do speck other languages English is the main language in Northern Ireland. English, Irish Gaelic and Ulster Scots Gaelic are all widely spoken and official languages in Northern Ireland. Normally English

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