Detailed census data relating to the Welsh language was released yesterday. Local authority figures & national figures had already been released & they showed a decrease in the percentage who speak Welsh (from 20.5% to 19%) nationally & a decline in the Welsh speaking West together with a small increase in Cardiff & a couple of other South Eastern areas.
But the detailed figures give a more precise picture. The percentage of Welsh speakers is falling like a stone in many South Western wards, but the actual numbers are increasing rapidly in a number of inner city Cardiff wards. Meanwhile in the North West there was a very sharp decline in the university city of Bangor, but many strongly Welsh speaking wards did remarkably well with a number seeing an increase in the percentage & numbers of Welsh speakers.
So Welsh speaking Wales is rapidly becoming a feature of the North West, the South West is becoming anglicised (in linguistic terms) & numbers are increasing in the Cardiff area.
For anyone who's interested in the details, this interactive map provides the details - New: 2001 vs 2011 Census - Welsh Language
Any thoughts & any implications for Ireland.