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Irish is a Celtic language and, as such, is a member of the Indo-European family of languages. Within the Celtic group, it belongs to the Goidelic branch of insular Celtic. Irish has evolved from a form of Celtic introduced into Ireland during the great Celtic migrations between the end of the second millennium and the fourth century BC.
The Irish diaspora consists of Irish emigrants and their descendants in countries such as the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Argentina and South Africa. The Irish diaspora is said to contain over 80 million people. The term first came widely into use in Ireland in the 1990s when the President of Ireland, Mary Robinson, began using the term to describe all those of Irish descent.