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Happy New Year in Irish

New Year in Ireland
Snowy hills in Tipperary, Ireland.

To wish someone a Happy New Year in Irish, say:

      Athbhliain faoi mhaise duit! = Happy New Year!

Pronounce it something like: /ah-vleen fwee vosh-ah ghwitch/

Be careful. Gaelic distinguishes between “you” when speaking about one person, and “you” for when you’re addressing more than one person.

Happy New Year in Irish to more than one person

To wish a Happy New Year to more than on person in Irish Gaelic, say to them:

Athbhliain faoi mhaise daoibh = Happy New Year
/Ah-vleen fwee vosh-ah gheev/

Happy New Year 2016 & 2017

To say “2016” and “2017” in the Irish language, say:

Dhá mhíle is a sé déag (2016)
/Ghaw mee-leh is ah shay jay-og/

Dhá mhíle is a seacht déag (2017)
/Ghaw mee-leh is ah shokht jay-og/

Literally, we are saying “two thousand and sixteen (seventeen)”.

Now, if you want more, here’s a pronunciation video we made for this occasion. You can learn how to wish someone a Happy New Year in Irish!

How To Say – A Happy New Year in Irish Gaelic

That’s it for our Gaelic New Year’s wishes. For this and other seasonal expressions, read Phrases for an Irish Gaelic Christmas.

12 thoughts on “Happy New Year in Irish”

    1. Hi Candace,

      Thank you for your comment.

      Unfortunately, I don’t know of where you could find such a specific image. Perhaps Pinterest would be a good try.

      I hope you find what your looking for! Good luck with your Irish lessons too!

      Le meas,

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  2. Gearóid Ó hAnnaidh

    06/01/2012 : Nollaig na mBan faoi mhaise dhaoibh!

    Extract from: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Little_Christmas

    Women’s Christmas
    Little Christmas is also called Women’s Christmas (Irish: Nollaig na
    mBan), and sometimes Women’s Little Christmas. The tradition, still
    very strong in Cork andKerry is so called because of the Irish men
    taking on all the household duties for the day.[10] Most women hold
    parties or go out to celebrate the day with their friends, sisters,
    mothers, and aunts. Bars and restaurants serve mostly women and girls
    on this night. Children often buy presents for their mothers and
    The tradition is not well documented, but one article from The Irish
    Times (January 1998), entitled On the woman’s day of Christmas,[11]
    describes both some sources of information and the spirit of this

    + Nasc eile faoi: http://ga.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nollaig_Bheag

    Bíodh lá maith agaibh / Have ( you plural ) a nice day,

  3. Hello Eoin, I just wonder if this is really right:
    “To wish a Happy New Year to more than on person in Irish Gaelic, say to them:
    Athbhliain faoi mhaise dhuit = Happy New Year
    /Ah-vleen fwee vosh-ah gheev/
    I mean “dhuit” shouldn’t it be “daoibh (dhaoibh)”?
    Regards Lina

    1. Ó, tá brón orm! Sorry, my mistake. I have corrected the article so that it now reads “dhaoibh” where before I had repeated “dhuit”.

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