The Irish language, or Gaelic as it’s known worldwide is an integral part of Irish culture. Nowadays, everybody speaks English as their first language but you will still encounter Irish on your visit to the island.
All of our road signs are in both English and Irish, there are radio stations and television channels conducted entirely through Irish. There are also a number of areas in the country where Irish is still spoken as a first language, they are known as ‘gaeltacht’.
But even outside these regions you are likely to hear people throwing the odd Irish word into English.