The Irish language is now spoken and taught today only in certain small areas of Ireland, although it is the first official language of the Republic. Some television and radio stations broadcast in Irish. All the official papers in Ireland are written both in English and Irish Gaelic. Its use is largely symbolic.
Irish mythological stories can be grouped into cycles: the Mythological cycle, the Ulster cycle, the Fenian cycle and the Historical cycle. Some of the most important mythological figures are Cuchulainn, Macha, Lugh, and Deirdre.