An Nollaig - Irish Language Christmas

Videos, ebook, lessons and articles with Irish language audio and phonetics on traditional and modern Christmas in Ireland

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"A Traditional Irish Christmas" FREE eBook

Christmas Irish Pronunciation Videos

How to say "Happy Christmas"
How to say "Santa Claus"
How to say "Decorations"
The Wexford Carol in Irish

More Nollaig - Irish Language Christmas from Bitesize Irish


Podcast 150: Carúl na Nollag – A Christmas Carol

  In the 150th episode of the Bitesize Irish Podcast, Niall and Emma are visited by three ghosts – Taibhse na Nollag san Am atá Thart, Taibhse na Nollag san Am i Láthair agus Taibhse na Nollag san Am atá le Teacht –  and they discuss Christmas past, present and future. Go to for

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Irish Pronunciation Videos

How to say Nativity Scene in Irish

Let’s learn how to say nativity scene in Irish and also the names for figurines commonly found in a nativity scene. The Irish for nativity scene, or a crib as it’s also known as, is mainséar /mawn-shayr/. Another term for it is beithilín /beh-hel-een/ which comes from Beithil /Beh-hel/, the Irish for Bethlehem. A figurine

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Nollaig – Free Irish Language Christmas Lesson

Fáilte isteach. Here is one free lesson by Bitesize Irish. To try more lessons are your own pace, sign up for free Taster membership. There you go, I have just wished you a merry Christmas in the Irish language. The “dhuit” literally translates to “to you”. It’s like we’re wishing a happy Christmas ‘towards you’.

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Christmas Memories from the Bitesize Irish team

Maybe you’ve already read about the Traditional Irish Christmas. But how about the members of the Bitesize Irish team? Even though we were all born and raised in Ireland, we have a few Christmas stories of our own. Here are just a few of our most beautiful Irish Christmas memories. Eoin – Bitesize Irish founder

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The Wexford Carol “Carúl Loch Garman” in Irish (VIDEO)

Christmas is an amazing time of the year and it gives us the chance to reflect on what we have done. Even more, Christmas should be about spending time with family, respecting your family’s holiday traditions, and try to plan for next year. Every country has its Christmas traditions that may or may not include

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How To Say – Happy Christmas in Irish (VIDEO)

Irish people don’t really have a “white Christmas” since Ireland’s weather is a bit special, but even so, we really get into the holiday spirit and enjoy our traditional Irish Christmas. We like to think that the Happy Christmas in Ireland is a bit different than what you see in other parts of the world

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Santa’s Little Helpers Work At Bitesize Irish Gaelic

Did you know that many elves who usually help Santa Clause to bring you gifts on Christmas actually work at Bitesize also? While we can’t tell you their names and positions, we can let you know that they have a little surprise for the Bitesize community. Want to know more about Santa’s little helpers who

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Christmas Poem From Ireland (Ep. 58)

Eoin reads out the poem by Patrick Kavanagh, “A Christmas Childhood”. It rings of simple Irish Christmases. This Christmas poem isn’t in Irish Gaelic, but surely it’s just the thing to hear as we reach Christmas, the time when we reconnect with friends and family.

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An Irish Merry/Happy Christmas!

Nollaig Shona Daoibh (NULL-eg HUH-uh DEE-iv)! Happy Christmas to You All! The Christmas Day is coming really fast (Lá Nollag – Law NULL-ug), and we figured we’d celebrate by giving you some Christmas-related words and phrases to liven up your celebration! We also decided to make this post a little earlier in the week than usual,

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Learn Some More Irish Christmas Carols!

In my last post — Irish Christmas Carols – Part 1 — I gave you a couple of Irish Christmas/winter songs based on the familiar American carols “Jingle Bells” and “Away in a Manger.” In this post, we’ll look at a couple of traditional Irish Christmas carols: songs that are native to Ireland, and that

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Learn Some Irish Christmas Carols!

The happy holiday of Christmas is right around the corner! If you’ve been following this blog, you know that I’m a big advocate of singing as an aid to learning. Why don’t we have some fun and learn a couple of Irish Christmas carols, appropriate to the season?

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A Gaelic Christmas

I know what you’re thinking: “Audrey, there’s still a few weeks until Christmas. Are you writing about Christmas already?” Well, musicians (and their long-suffering families) get started on Christmas a whole lot earlier than the rest of the world (think September…sometimes August). But my poor family does have one advantage: A large part of my

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Happy Christmas in Irish

Here’s how to say Happy Christmas in Irish. But be careful! This Irish expression is specifically when you are wishing one person a merry Christmas in Irish. Saying Merry/ Happy Christmas in Irish to more than one person The Irish language distinguishes between “you” to one person and “you” to more than one person. So

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Phrases for an Irish Gaelic Christmas

 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

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