How to say “Happy Halloween” in the Irish language.
Oíche Shamhna Shona Daoibh
/Ee-ha How-na hunna ghweev/
“Daoibh” can also be spelt as it is pronounced above, “dhaoibh.” Alternatively, the word ‘daoibh’ can also be pronounced /deev/.
Our modern notion of trick or treating arose from the practice of setting food out in welcome for one’s ancestors on Oíche Shamhna. In some areas, setting out food had a second purpos, that of appeasing malevolent creatures, who were also freer than usual to roam the world on the night when the veil between the worlds was thin.
Free Irish Language lesson
Bitesize Irish Gaelic is a full learning program for the Irish language, to make a real connection with your Irish heritage. Take our free lesson Bitesize Lesson: Hallow’een / Samhain. You’ll learn some spooky Irish language phrases.