With St. Patrick’s Day (Paddy’s Day) just around the corner, the IrelandWays.com team has put together some useful phrases and sayings as gaeilge (in Irish/Gaelic) to help you as you enjoy your walking or cycling holiday in Ireland.
You will find the phonetic pronunciation In brackets, to make things a bit easier for you. In some parts of the country, particularly in the West coast of Ireland (along the Wild Atlantic Way for instance), Irish is still spoken as a first language. These areas are known gaeltachtaí (plural) or gaeltacht (singular).
While the majority of people in these areas also speak English, they will appreciate it if you make an effort to speak a cúpla focal (few words – pronounced koop-lah fuk-ul) in Irish.
In Ireland, you will also find most place names are written in both Irish and English; and in the Irish-speaking regions just Irish. Here are some Irish phrases to help you along the way:
Welcome – Fáilte (fall-tche)
Hundred thousand welcomes – Céad míle fáilte (kade meala fall-tche)
Hello – Dia dhuit (djee-ah gwitch)
How are you? – Conas atá tú? (kunas a-thaw thoo)
Are you well? – An bhfuil tú go maith? (on will too go mawt)
I am fine – Tá me go maith (Thaw may guh mah)
My name is ….. – Is mise …../ ….. is ainm dom (iss misha…../……iss anam dhum)
I’m from ….. – Is as ….. dom (iss oss ….. dum)
Cheers! / Good health! – Sláinte! (slawn cheh)
I don’t understand – Ní thuigim (knee higim)
Do you speak English? – An bhfuil Béarla agat? (on will bear-lah ag-ut)
Do you speak Irish? – An bhfuil Gaeilge agat? (on will gale-geh ah-gut)
How much is this? – Cá mhéad atá seo? (kaw vayd ah-taw shuh)
Sorry / excuse me – Gabh mo leithscéal! (govh muh leh-skayle)
Thank you – Go raibh maith agat (Guh row mah aguth (row as in cow))
You’re welcome – Tá fáilte romhat (Thaw foil-cheh roath)
St Patrick’s Day – Lá Fhéile Pádraig (law fail-eh paw-rick)
Happy St Patricks Day – Lá ‘le Pádraig naomh sona (law leh paw-rick naav hunna)
Is Éireannach mise freisin! – I’m Irish too! (iss air-inn-ock misha fresh-inn)
Goodnight – Oiche mhaith (Ee-heh wah)
Goodbye – Slán (slwan) and Safe Home – Slán Abhaile (slwan aguaila)
The Ireland Ways team wishes you all a safe and happy St. Patrick’s Day. Sláinte!