The Irish Christmas & New Year's in Ireland
Have you ever wondered what the holiday season is like in traditional Ireland? We wanted to share with you this magical time by giving you a little taste of all the events that make up a wonderful Christmas here in Ireland.
On this page you will find a comprehensive list of resources including Irish pronunciation videos and blog posts for the Traditional Irish Christmas and New Year.
As a bonus, we're also offering you the "A Traditional Irish Christmas" eBook.
The Traditional Irish Christmas
Nollaig Shona Daoibh
/NULL-eg HUH-uh DEE-iv/
Happy Christmas to You All!
We figured we’d celebrate by giving you some Christmas-related words and phrases to liven up your celebration!
Here’s a list of blog posts we created over the years to get you in the Winter Holiday’s mood.
An Nollaig – Christmas – is an essential part of Irish tradition, and that includes in the Irish language. Bitesize Irish members have access to “Christmas” and “Seasons and Months” online lessons, amongst many others. Listen and repeat thousands of Irish language recordings throughout the courses in Bitesize Cúrsaí. Learn Gaeilge at your own page.
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Start off by learning how to say Happy Christmas in Irish and a few other phrases. Click here to read this blog post.
If, like us, you’re sitting by the fire and having a good time, how about getting some mind work done by learning some words and phrases appropriate to the season? Click here to read more.
Eoin reads out the poem by Patrick Kavanagh, “A Christmas Childhood”. It rings of simple Irish Christmases. Click here to listen.
Wait a minute: What if I don’t celebrate Christmas? The answer to this question, of course, depends on what you DO celebrate.
Click here to learn Irish pronunciation for other holidays.
"A Traditional Irish Christmas" FREE eBook
Christmas Irish Pronunciation Videos
Want even more traditional Christmas Irish carols? We compiled 2 big blog posts with a few more examples, including A LEANBH GHIL MHILIS (O SWEET BRIGHT CHILD), DAIDÍ NA NOLLAG (FATHER CHRISTMAS), SA STÁBLA, SA MHÁINSÉAR (IN THE STABLE, IN THE MANGER) and more. Check out these 2 articles with a lot more traditional Christmas Irish Carols:
More Nollaig - Irish Language Christmas from Bitesize Irish
Fáilte isteach. Here is one free lesson from Bitesize Cúrsaí – our online library of Irish language courses 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
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
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QP7Cz4LZKnc 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
Some people see the Winter holidays as the perfect opportunity to buy gifts for their loved ones, others just focus on having a traditional Christmas. Remember the joy you felt when Santa Clause brought you the Christmas presents?
Winter holidays are such a great time of the year. We have the opportunity to spend quality time with family & friends, to make people happy through gifts, and to reflect on the past year – making it easier to improve in the new one.
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
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
Every country has its special Holiday season traditions and Ireland isn’t an exception. While some other places focus on buying gifts or partying on Christmas’ Eve, the Irish Christmas is all about tradition and family.
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.
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,
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
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?
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
Here’s how to say Happy Christmas in Irish. Nollaig shona dhuit! = Happy Christmas!/Merry Christmas! Pronounce it something like /Null-eg hunna ghwitch/ Be careful. This Irish expression is specifically when you are wishing one person a merry Christmas in Gaelic. Saying Merry/ Happy Christmas in Irish to more than one person The Irish language distinguishes
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
Have a happy Nollaig. Bitesize Irish members have access to Bitesize Cúrsaí, our online Irish language courses. Listen and repeat thousands of Irish language recordings throughout the courses in Bitesize Cúrsaí. Learn at your own page.
Sign up for free Taster membership of Bitesize Irish.
The New Year Holiday in Ireland
Some New Year’s traditions from Ireland are probably found in other parts of the World, but we’re going to bet that you’ll find some unusual Irish traditions that celebrate the passing of the year.
Before moving forward, did you know that people send gifts on New Year’s eve, not just on Christmas? If you have a friend or relative who wants to learn Irish, you can always send him any of the Bitesize products as gifts! Just opt in for this option when buying.