HuffPo Article/Video on Manx (Gaelic) Language Revival
Manx, a sister language of Irish spoken on the Isle of Man, has taken linguists' notice for making a comeback after being declared officially extinct 45 years ago with the death of its last "native" speaker. Now a new generation is graduating from Manx-speaking schools and the language is increasingly accessible thanks to community-sourced apps and book translations. People involved in the work hope that it will not only promote the Manx language, but create the tools other communities need to help preserve their minority languages as well.
Nothing will change the fact that for nearly 200 years, Irish has been on the decline; the best we can hope for is that something, anything will survive. Duolingo is giving the world an opportunity to view the death of a great and noble culture, at the hands of it's own people. Through Duo, those who are actually motivated to learn (i.e. Non-Irish people) can now maintain what we have lost for our vanity.