frimfram (frimfram) wrote in little_details,

Irish/English language in 1740s Galway

Hello all.

I'm writing a scene set in a small town in County Galway in the 1740s. My 17-year-old character is the son of a Catholic merchant. The family are falling on hard times. Can anyone tell me whether this character would be likely to speak to his family in Irish (Gaedhilge) or English? I know that both languages were spoken there at the time, and that Irish was more common, but I can't find enough information to establish the situation for this character.

For a bonus: would it be plausible for this character to be proficient in both languages?

Many thanks for any help you can offer!
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