linguoboy wrote:Strictly speaking, Hiberno-English (as opposed to Irish English) is dying out, since by definition it's English spoken by those whose first language is Irish, and there are very few Irish native-speakers left any more.
I didn't know the distinction either. Thanks for that.
In fact, I highly doubt there are any Hiberno-English speakers left at that rate. Certainly there are natively bilingual Irish and English speakers, but I don't think there are any native Irish speakers who learned English as they got older. The days of Micky McGowan and Rothaí Mór an tSaoil (translated as "The Hard Road to Klondyke" excellent book for those interested in Ireland at the turn of the last century) are gone.
Irish English is old-fashioned. I would rarely use the grammatical constructions of it (with a week, he does be), but there are a few I do use. Many members of my parents' generation use the vocabulary, and even I would use some of it without noticing. I also noticed that we do tend to reply to questions with the verb, (Did you, I did etc.) which I presume is an influence from Irish.