The Gaeltacht

In Ireland, the farther west you travel the closer you get to the country′s cultural heartland, a unique location that can nourish mind, body and spirit. And life is still lived to the seasonal rhythms of Celtic festivals and customs that are celebrated here throughout the year.

Corca Dhuihne, the Irish language name for the Dingle peninsula, means the territory of the people of Danu, a goddess of the ancient Celts. Here, thousands of years after the Celts brought them to the area, unbroken traditions of hospitality, music, dance and folklore still survive. Irish (Gaelic) is an Indo-European language with roots in Sanskrit and in the Celtic languages spoken in Europe before the Roman Empire. At one time it was spoken all over Ireland, but eight hundred years of English colonisation increasingly pushed both the language and the native Irish culture into the west.

Now, in the twenty- first century, three dialects of Irish still flourish along the western seaboard, in what are known as gaeltacht areas.

Gorman′s, at the western end of the Dingle peninsula, is in the heart a gaeltacht area where ordinary life is full of tangible links between native Irish tradition, the beauty of our surroundings, and the spirituality of our Celtic Christian and pre-Christian heritage.


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