St. Patrick’s Day: Three Irish Gaelic things EVERYBODY can say


St. Patrick spoke the Irish language. You can share a little Irish with your friends, to really connect with Ireland’s Gaelic culture.

St. Patrick would have had no choice but to speak it, in order to spread his religious message.

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Phrase 1 in Irish Gaelic: Shamrock

seamróg = shamrock

Say it like this (this is a native audio recording from our Bitesize Irish Gaelic lessons).

seamróg = shamrock /SHAM-roge/

Phrase 2 in Irish Gaelic: Cheers!

Priests drinking at TedFest

Men dressed up as priests at the “TedFest” event, in honor of the old TV show “Father Ted”.

Sláinte = Cheers!

Click this audio arrow below to listen. The last piece (“SLOYNE-cheh”) is our phonetic pronunciation. It’s there to help you understand the beautiful sounds you hear of the Irish language.

Sláinte  /SLOYNE-cheh/

Important note: please don’t use St. Patrick’s Day to abuse your love for alcohol. We want you to enjoy yourself, not shame yourself. Say this with your cup of tea if you prefer!

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Phrase 3 in Irish Gaelic: A pint of Guinness, please

Priest at TedFest

Man dressed up at the “Ted Fest” event, on the island of Inis Mór of the Aran Islands.

Pionta Guinness le do thoil – /Pyun-tah Guinness, leh duh hul./

If you want to keep it simple, just remember the first part of the phrase: “Pionta Guinness”. The second half means “please”.

Again, please don’t make alcohol the focus of your St. Patrick’s Day. Instead, please enjoy the day with your Irish friends and family.

P.S. Hope you enjoyed connecting with your Irish heritage through speaking Irish Gaelic. We help you do that in easy Bitesize pieces. As our treat, please take our full free Bitesize lesson for St. Patrick’s Day. You’ll learn how to say “Happy St. Patrick’s Day”, and more.

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  1. mehull says:

    I spent St. Patricks day at a friends house in a small country town called Pomona in Queensland.
    Across the road is a Church dedicated to himself.
    In this community i think there would be many who are completely ignorant of Ireland and the whole edifice is a monument to tokenism.
    I sometimes walk around the facility which is almost always locked up tight as a Bodhran skin, and this time was no exception. For the cultural resonance of it i sang all 3 of the songs i have at me in Irish to the building.
    I thought it a significant thing.
    Is mise mehull

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