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St. Patrick's Day

Lá Fhéile Pádraig Law Ale-yeh Pawd-rig Saint Patrick's Day

Lá Fhéile Pádraig Law Ale-yeh Pawd-rig Saint Patrick's Day is a religious holiday in Ireland, happening each year on March 17th.

Lá Fhéile Pádraig celebrates the patron saint of Ireland - Patrick, who lived in the beginning of the 5th century AD. Saint Patrick is the most recognized Irish saint and it is no wonder a special day is dedicated to celebrate his legacy in the Irish culture.

St. Patrick's Day is one of a number of annual holidays covered in Lesson: Holidays.

Lá Fhéile Pádraig began as a Catholic holiday and became an official feast day in the early 17th century. Today Lá Fhéile Pádraig represents a week-long (and sometimes longer) celebration of Irish language, music, culture and art. 

The main attraction of Saint Patrick's Day are huge parades in the cities around the country (and the world, organized by the Irish diaspora). Children, sports clubs, brass bands and other performers walk down the streets of Irish cities with Irish music blaring through the speakers and the spectators, wearing traditional shamrocks, cheering them on.

But you've probably heard about the parades already or even been to one, so leaving the facts aside, in this lesson you are going to learn some crucial Irish language expressions to get you through the day.

Some basic expressions

Lá Fhéile Pádraig Law Ale-yeh Pawd-rig St. Patrick's Day

Lá 'le Pádraig Law leh Pawd-rig St. Patrick's Day. This is simply a shorter version of the previous phrase. It drops part of the word "féile", making it quicker to say. To sound closer to how a native speaker would name the festival, we recommend using this version.

Beannachtaí na Féile Pádraig oraibh. Byan-okht-ee nah Fay-leh Pawd-rig ur-iv. St. Patrick's Day blessings upon you. (To two or more people)

or a more recent saying:

Lá Fhéile Pádraig Sona Duit! Law Ale-yeh Pawd-rig Sunna Ditch! Happy St. Patrick's Day! (singular)

Lá Fhéile Pádraig Sona Daoibh! Law Ale-yeh Pawd-rig Sunna Deev! Happy St. Patrick's Day! (to two or more people)

Here are several more expression that might help on the day:

seamróg SHAM-rogue shamrock

lá saoire law see-ra holiday (a single day, not a vacation)

Ádh na nÉireannach Awe nah Nay-ron-okh Luck of the Irish

After the parade...

Cá mbeidh tú ag fliuchadh na seamróige? Caw meg too egg flyuh-ka nah sham-roh-ih-geh? Where will you be wetting the shamrock? (to wet the shamrock - to go for a drink, especially on St. Patrick's Day!)

Pionta Guinness, le do thoil. Pyun-tah Guinness, leh duh hul. A pint of Guinness, please.

Sláinte is táinte! SLOYNE-cheh iss TOYNE-cheh! Health and wealth!

Sláinte! SLOYNE-cheh! Cheers!

Tabhair póg dom, is Éireannach mé. Tow-ir powg dum, iss Aye-ron-okh may. Kiss me, I'm Irish.

An bhfuil tú ar meisce go fóill? On will too err mesh-ka guh foal? Are you drunk yet?

uisce beatha ish-keh byah-ha whiskey

beoir byoh-ir beer

Éire go brách Ayr-eh guh brawkh Ireland forever

Is Éireannach mé! Iss Aye-ron-okh may! I'm Irish!

Go raibh maith agat. Guh rev mah a-gut. Thank you.

Tá fáilte romhat. Taw foyle-cheh roh-ot. You're welcome.

Tír gan teanga, tír gan anam. Cheer gon chong-gah, cheer gon on-om. A country without a language, a country without a soul.

Congratulations! You just finished this lesson and are all set for Lá Fhéile Pádraig!

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