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CLARE has long been known for its love for all things traditional and now it has added speaking As Gaeilge to the list.

New CSO figures have revealed that the Banner County has a higher number of Irish speakers than the national average.

A total of 46 per cent of Clare residents can spout the cupla focal, compared to just under 40 per cent across Ireland.

The 1,493 people who spoke Irish daily outside of the education system was 46 fewer than in 2011.

Among those aged 15 and over and who had completed their education, the average age of completion was 20 years.

In Clare, 8,814 people indicated that they had completed their education at primary level or had no formal education, while 11,303 did so at lower secondary level and 22,981 did so at upper secondary level.

Of those aged 15 and over in the county in April 2016, some 41 per cent had a third-level qualification.

Clare women accounted for 58 per cent of all graduates, which is much higher than the national average of 43 per cent.

Thirty two percent of Clare women and 24 per cent of men had a third-level degree in 2016.

The number of people with a doctorate (Ph.D.) increased by 171 to 569.

There are over 1000 people living in Co Clare with no formal education.

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