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  1. Irish orthography has evolved over many centuries and is etymological. This allows the same written form in Irish to result in multiple pronunciations, depending on the dialect. For example, the word dearthár ('brother' in gen. singular) may result in [dʲɾʲəˈhaːɾˠ], [ˈdʲɾʲɑːhərˠ], [ˈdʲɾʲɑːɾˠ], [ˈdʲɾʲiçaːɾˠ ...

  2. In the first half of the century there were still around three million people for whom Irish was the primary language, and their numbers alone made them a cultural and social force. Irish speakers often insisted on using the language in law courts (even when they knew English), and Irish was also common in commercial transactions.

  3. Oct 25, 2012 · The three dialects of Irish have become (almost) mutually intelligible since the standardization of the 1950s and 1960s, when Gaeilge Caighdeanach was introduced in schools and through radio and TV – differences in spellings, orthography., were eliminated and the Munster and Connacht dialects have moved closer.

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