Samhain - Irish Language Halloween

Videos, interview, and articles with Irish language audio and phonetics, about Ireland's traditional Hallowe'en customs.

Halloween, or Samhain, is an ancient and  integral part of Ireland’s culture, a festival intertwined with Gaeilge, the Irish language. It’s a unique connection to Ireland’s traditions and heritage. 
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Irish Culture

Oíche Shamhna: Halloween lore with Dr Kelly Fitzgerald

In this seasonal special, Niall talks to his old friend Dr Kelly Fitzgerald, Head of the School of Irish, Celtic Studies and Folklore at University College Dublin. They discuss Kelly’s background in Chicago, her work as a folklorist and the significance of Halloween – or Samhain – in Irish culture, from the depths of the

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Irish Pronunciation Videos

Irish language Questions and Answers on the theme of Halloween

Watch Ben and Niall role-play a series of questions and answers on the theme of Halloween! While the subject relates to the customs of Samhain (Halloween), this script and recording is a super tool for Irish language learners ! Role play the conversation with your friends and family using the transcript below. Watch the accompanying

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Lesson Walk-Throughs

Halloween Lesson Walk-Through

Learn all the phrases and vocabulary you need to celebrate Halloween as Gaeilge! NB This is a lesson walk-through of the old Bitesize Cúrsaí lesson Halloween. An updated version of this lesson is available to Explore and Grow members in our beginners’ course Tús Maith.

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Irish Pronunciation Videos

Traidisiúin Oíche Shamhna | Irish Halloween Traditions (VIDEO)

Here is a video I put together of the customs associated with Halloween Oíche Shamhna /ee-ha how-na/. Let’s learn about Halloween traditions.Foghlaimímis faoi Thraidisiúin Oíche Shamhna/foh-lem-ee-mish fwee hrad-ish-oo-in ee-ha how-na/ Halloween is celebrated on 1st November.* Ceiliúrtar Oíche Shamhna ar an gcéad lá de mhí na Samhna.  /kel-oor-tur ee-ha how-na air on gayd law jeh

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Irish Pronunciation Videos

How To Say – “Happy Halloween” in the Irish Language (VIDEO)

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

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Irish Culture

Halloween, Old Irish-Style

When I was a kid, Halloween was one of my favorite holidays. After all, what could be more fun than dressing up and running all over the neighborhood after dark, begging for goodies and scaring yourself half silly in the process?

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Halloween leaves in Ireland
Irish Language

Irish Language Phrases for Oíche Shamhna (Halloween)

Take the Bitesize Irish Halloween Lesson for free. In Origins of Oíche Shamhna (Halloween), we shared with you some interesting information on the origins of Halloween (in Irish, Oíche Shamhna, pronounced roughly EE-hyeh HOW-nuh). In this post, we’ll teach you a few words and phrases in Irish that you can use tonight, if you like,

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Samhain - Halloween leaves
Irish Culture

Origins of Oíche Shamhna (Halloween)

If you’re like me, you probably love Halloween. It’s been one of my favorite holidays for as long as I can remember… not QUITE up there with Christmas, but close! I mean, seriously… what kid DOESN’T like dressing up and running all over the neighborhood after dark begging for candy? In fact, with my daughter now

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Irish Language

Take a free Halloween Irish Language Lesson

Many Hallowe’en traditions come from the Irish celebration of Samhain. It was a pagan celebration in Ireland (and probably in other near-by lands, too). To celebrate, we’ve made a new Hallowe’en Irish language lesson available. It’s free below. It’s a sample of content from Bitesize Cúrsaí: our library of online Irish language lessons for members.

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