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I saw a study a few years back that said that Cook County had more native speakers of Irish Gaelic than any other county in the United States. Given the contribution that Irish immigrants to Chicago, many of them from the poorer Irish speaking areas, made to Chicago; why don't any of the major universities in the city offer classes in Irish Gaelic? Towns around the country with much smaller Irish and Irish-American populations often times offer many courses both university and language organization based to choose from. I am only aware of one group teaching the language in Chicago and it is not linked to a university nor does it have strong links to the community of native speakers in the area. What's up?

Asked by Gerald Joyce

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