Beautiful Words That Will Make You Fall in Love with the Irish Language

Gaelic script
Gaelic script | © Peter Clarke/WikiCommons
Kate Phelan

Irish or Gaeilge may not be used on a daily basis by most of Ireland’s population, but as the language with Western Europe’s oldest vernacular literature, its importance is obvious. Do your part to keep it alive by learning the following few beautiful Irish words.


This word also translates to ‘joy, bliss or happiness’, but is mostly used to say ‘welcome’.

Pronounce it like this: fawl-cha

Fáilte – Welcome

Pronounce it like this: ow-in

Abhainn – River


Pronounce it like this: dree-uct

Draíocht – Magic


Pronounce it like this: ash-ling

Aisling – Dream


Pronounce it like this: sue-uv-ness

Suaimhneas – Peace


Pronounce it like this: graw

Grá – Love


Pronounce it like this: m-yalla

Meala – Honey


Pronounce it like this: sear-sha

Saoirse – Freedom


Pronounce it like this: ee-ha

Oíche – Night


Pronounce it like this: ow-rawn

Amhrán – Song


Pronounce it like this: slee-veen

Slíbhín – Sly person


Pronounce it like this: cree

Croí – Heart


Pronounce it like this: mock-nus

Macnas – Playfulness


Pronounce it like this: ch-eye-lock

Teaghlach – Household or Family


Pronounce it like this: nee-uv

Niamh – Radiance


Pronounce it like this: fyun

Fionn – Blonde

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