Matthew McConaughey wants his kids to go to the Gaelteacht and learn Irish.

Matthew McConaughey wants his kids to go to the Gaelteacht and learn Irish.

The 46-year-old actor, whose heritage goes back 100 years to Monaghan, says he wants his kids to keep up with the Irish slang and have a decent irish education.

McConaughey who is married to Brazilian Camila Alves, said: “I gotta keep up with the Gaelic. I want them reading Irish literature, I want them Riverdancing and I want them saying, ‘grand’ and “ye lunatic”


Image via CC: Keith HInkle

Gaeltacht is an Irish-language word used to denote any primarily Irish-speaking region. In Ireland, the term Gaeltacht refers individually to any, or collectively to all, of the districts where the government recognises that the Irish language is the predominant vernacular, or language of the home. The boundaries of the Gaeltacht have included a high percentage of resident English speakers since British colonisation.

The Gaeltacht districts were first officially recognised during the 1920s in the early years of the Free State, following the Gaelic Revival, as part of a government policy aimed at restoring the Irish language.

It is now recognised that the Gaeltacht is threatened by serious language decline. Research published in 2016 showed that of the 142 electoral divisions in the Gaeltacht, only 21 are communities where Irish is spoken on a daily basis by 67% or more of the population. 67% is regarded by some academics as a tipping point for language survival

Author: liveIreland

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