Gaelic-speaking Irish in Canada

Main Language
Largest Religion
Progress Gauge

Introduction / History

Gaelic stems from the language of the ancient Celts who dominated much of the British Isles two thousand years ago.

It is pre-dates Middle English. It was spoken mainly by the Scots and the Irish, and each of which has their own dialects. In Ireland, Gaelic is an official language while in Scotland and England it is considered secondary to English. A small number of Gaelic speakers now live in Canada and the United States.

What Are Their Lives Like?

It is unusual for someone to only speak Gaelic in Canada or the United States. They cannot function without being fluent in English as well. In some cases, they try to preserve Gaelic to make sure that ancient culture does not die.

What Are Their Beliefs?

Almost all Gaelic speakers are either Roman Catholic (especially the Irish) or Protestant like the English or Scottish. They often allow unbiblical beliefs and religious traditions to get in the way of their relationship with Jesus Christ.

What Are Their Needs?

Like all peoples of the world, Gaelic speakers need to put Jesus Christ first in their lives.

Prayer Points

Pray for a spiritual revival throughout the UK and Ireland that will put Christ first in the hearts and minds of Gaelic speakers.

Pray for disciples to make more disciples who make even more disciples.

Scripture Prayers for the Irish, Gaelic-speaking in Canada.


Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

People Name General Irish, Gaelic-speaking
People Name in Country Irish, Gaelic-speaking
Natural Name Gaelic-speaking Irish
Alternate Names Irish Gaelic
Population this Country 8,200
Population all Countries 256,000
Total Countries 4
Indigenous No
Progress Scale 3
Unreached No
Frontier People Group No
Pioneer Workers Needed
People ID 12254
ROP3 Code 104066
ROP25 Code 303235
ROP25 Name Irish
Country Canada
Region America, North and Caribbean
Continent North America
10/40 Window No
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Country Canada
Region America, North and Caribbean
Continent North America
10/40 Window No
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank Not ranked

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Primary Religion: Christianity
Major Religion Percent
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 1.00 %)
93.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
0.00 %
0.00 %
7.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
0.00 %
Primary Language Irish (8,200 speakers)
Language Code gle   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 1
Primary Language Irish (8,200 speakers)
Language Code gle   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Irish

Primary Language:  Irish

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1913-1976)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (1602-1951)
Bible-Complete Yes  (1685-1981)
YouVersion NT ( Online
Possible Print Bibles
World Bibles
Forum Bible Agencies
National Bible Societies
World Bible Finder
Virtual Storehouse
Resource Type Resource Name Source
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching Global Recordings Network
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Irish Jesus Film Project
Film / Video Story of Jesus for Children Jesus Film Project
Film / Video World Christian Videos World Christian Videos
General Bible for Children Bible for Children
General Biblical answers to your questions Got Questions Ministry
General Gospel tract General / Other
General Scripture Earth Gospel resources links Scripture Earth
General YouVersion Bible versions in text and/or audio YouVersion Bibles
Mobile App Android Bible app: Irish YouVersion Bibles
Mobile App iOS Bible app: Irish YouVersion Bibles
Text / Printed Matter Love letter to you from scripture Father's Love Letter
Photo Source The Irish Labour Party - Flickr  Creative Commons 
Profile Source Joshua Project 
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