Nollaig shona dhuit! (Happy Christmas!/Merry Christmas!)
Pronounce it something like /Null-eg hunna ghwitch/
There you go, I have just wished you a happy Christmas.
Do you prefer to hear that being said? Take our Christmas Irish lesson. Bitesize Irish members have access to this full lesson, with pronunciation recordings. Check out all our Nollaig / Christmas resouces for the Irish language.
The “dhuit” literally translates to “to you”. It’s like we’re wishing a happy Christmas ‘towards you’.
That’s for speaking with one person, but to address two or more people in the Irish language:
This little word “Nollaig” means Christmas.
If you have signed up for our online lessons, this word may already look familiar.
In our beginners’ course Tús Maith, you’ll learn that Nollaig is also used to mean December.
You’ll often see “Month of December” written in Irish:
Before moving to the next Irish expression, do you want to learn how to wish someone a Happy Christmas? Check out this pronunciation video!
How To Say – Happy Christmas in Irish
Happy New Year
Here’s how to say Happy New Year:
That’s when you’re speaking with one person. To wish two or more people a happy new year in Irish, you can say:
Find out more about New Year in the Irish language.
Wrap up (or unwrap?)
And may we take this chance to wish you and your family Nollaig shona, from Bitesize Irish!
Nollaig – Irish language Christmas resources with free ebook.