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International Handbook of Research on Indigenous Entrepreneurship

International Handbook of Research on Indigenous Entrepreneurship

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Edited by Léo-Paul Dana and Robert B. Anderson

The comprehensive and thoroughly accessible International Handbook of Research on Indigenous Entrepreneurship aims to develop a multidisciplinary theory explaining entrepreneurship as a function of cultural perceptions of opportunity. The Handbook presents a multitude of fascinating, superbly illustrated studies on the facets of entrepreneurship amongst indigenous peoples.

Chapter 18: Sure Weren’t We Always Self-sufficient, Didn’t We Have to Be! Entrepreneurship in the Irish Gaeltacht

Emer Ní Bhrádaigh

Subjects: business and management, entrepreneurship, development studies, development economics, economics and finance, development economics


18 Sure weren’t we always self-sufficient, didn’t we have to be! Entrepreneurship in the Irish Gaeltacht Emer Ní Bhrádaigh Introduction While the English language might be the international language of business and communication, there are over 40 officially recognised indigenous minority languages in the European Union, one of which is the Irish language, spoken daily by fewer than 100 000 speakers. Since 1926, the Gaeltacht (Irish-speaking) regions of the Republic of Ireland have been designated for special support to improve the socio-economic and linguistic conditions. While there are 90 048 people living in these areas, a declining percentage can speak Irish or speak it regularly. The Gaeltacht regions are in seven counties, largely along the western seaboard, and are disadvantaged in terms of many common yardsticks such as location, infrastructure, education, socio-economic conditions, unemployment and the language itself. Numerous national and EU policy documents on entrepreneurship mention marginalised groups or ethnic groups but very rarely address minority language groups. However, since its foundation, the Irish state has provided specific industrial and enterprise development support to the Gaeltacht, initially through civil service departments and, since 1958, through state bodies. This chapter examines the patterns of entrepreneurship since the early twentieth century in the Gaeltacht in general with particular reference to the largest Gaeltacht area, Co Galway, which now has a population of over 40 000 and overlaps the boundaries of Galway city. As large-scale employment was absent in this Gaeltacht area, throughout the twentieth century there was...

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