Northern Ireland looks to the Isle of Man for preservation of Gaelic languages

In the 1980s, Manx Gaelic was nearly extinct, but the language has made a comeback on the Isle of Man, thanks in part to the Bunscoill Ghaelgagh, the world's only Manx-speaking school. Now educators in Northern Ireland are taking note and considering how to use the same methods to save Irish Gaelic.

One of those interested is Professor Ailbhe Ó Corráin, head of Irish and Celtic Studies at the University of Ulster, who said, "One thing that we could really learn from both Scotland and the Isle of Man is to see the Gaelic languages as something that is not political, that is not the preserve of any particular faction, political grouping, political ideology or viewpoint, or of any particular religion."