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.
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:
Nollaig shona dhaoibh! (Happy Christmas to you [to two or more people])
/Null-eg hunna gheev/
This little word “Nollaig” means Christmas.
If you have signed up for our online lessons, this word may already look familiar.
In Lesson: Seasons and months you’ll learn that Nollaig is also used to mean December.
You’ll often see “Month of December” written in Irish:
Mí na Nollag (Month of December)
/Mee nah Null-og/
(If you noticed the missing “i” from “Nollaig”, that’s not a mistake. It’s due to grammar.)
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 Gaelic
Happy New Year
Here’s how to say Happy New Year:
Athbhliain faoi mhaise dhuit (Happy New Year)
/Ah-vleen fwee vosh-ah ghwitch/
That’s when you’re speaking with one person. To wish two or more people a happy new year in Irish Gaelic, you can say:
Athbhliain faoi mhaise dhaoibh (Happy New Year)
/Ah-vleen fwee vosh-ah gheev/
Irish Gaelic Christmas 2016 & 2017
Thanks to Liam (Bill) for suggesting this translation. To say “2016” and “2017” in the Irish language, say:
Dhá mhíle is a sé déag (2016)
/Ghaw vee-leh is ah shay jay-og/
Dhá mhíle is a seacht déag (2017)
/Ghaw vee-leh is ah shokht jay-og/
Literally, we are saying “two thousand and fourteen”.
Bitesize Irish Gaelic members can access these lessons for learning how to count in Gaelic:
Wrap up (or unwrap?)
Nollaig shona dhuit, agus athbhliain faoi mhaise dhuit
/Null-eg hunna ghwitch, ogg-us ah-vleen fwee vosh-ah ghwitch/
= Happy Christmas, and a Happy New Year.
And may we take this chance to wish you and your family Nollaig shona, from Eoin and Sasa at Bitesize Irish Gaelic!