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The Irish For...

The Irish language, also known as Gaelic or Irish Gaelic, has been around for thousands of years and can still be heard throughout the Emerald Isle today. It’s considered the first language of approximately 140,000 Irish men, women and children and the second language of up to 1 million on the island. 

Whether you’re a tourist, an ancestor of Irish emigrants, or simply have a love and passion for other languages, you might be wondering, “what’s the Irish for…?”

We thought we’d collect together some of the most commonly asked phrases to help you on your Irish language journey.


What is the Irish For...

Irish for Hello

There is no specific way to say "hello" as we know it in the English language. "Dia duit" means God be with you and is formal but there are lots of other ways to greet people including "Cad é mar atá tú?" which means "How are you?"

Irish for Goodbye

The most common is "Slán".

Irish for I Love You

Our language is very idiomatic. For example one way to express love for someone is "Tá mo chroí istigh ionat" – which literally means "my heart of within you".

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Irish for Beautiful

The Irish for beautiful is "Galánta".

Irish for Good Luck

The Irish for good luck is "Ádh Mór".

Irish for Friend

The Irish for friend is "Cara".

Irish for Love

The Irish for love is "Grá".

Irish for Thank You

The Irish for thank you is "Go raibh maith agat".

Irish for Cheers

The Irish for cheers, literally meaning "Good Health", is "Sláinte".

Irish for Patrick

The Irish for Patrick is simply "Pádraig".

Do you speak Irish? Did any of your ancestors retain the language down through the generations? 

Let us know! 


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