Useful words & phrases in Irish
These Irish sayings and phrases will have you befriending the locals – or even simply helping you follow a basic conversation!
Here are some basic useful words and phrases in Irish. It’s important to note that how these are pronounced will differ throughout the country, so we have provided some links to help with pronunciation!
Translation: “Hello” and with a literal translation of “god be with you”
Translation: “Goodbye” with a literal translation of “safe”
Craic agus Ceol
Translation: Fun and music
Le do thoil
Translation: “Please” with a literal translation of “with your will”
Go raibh maith agat
Translation: “Thank you” with a literal translation of “may you have goodness”
Translation: Literally translated as “health”
How it’s used: An equivalent to “cheers!”, it is commonly as a drinking toast in both Ireland and Scotland
Translation: Good morning
Translation: Good night
Gabh Mo Leithscéal
Translation: Excuse me
Translation: Hurry up
Meaning: Refers to a primarily Irish-speaking region
Ádh mór ort!
Translation: Good luck to you!
Céad Míle Fáilte
Translation: A hundred, thousand welcomes
Póg mo thóin!
Translation: Kiss my arse!
Is fearr Gaeilge briste, na Bearla cliste
Translation: Broken Irish is better than clever English