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

Picture of Kate Phelan
Updated: 9 May 2017

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.

Fáilte

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

Pronounce it like this: fawl-cha

Fáilte - Welcome | © Culture Trip

Fáilte – Welcome | © Culture Trip

Abhainn

Pronounce it like this: ow-in

Abhainn - River | © Culture Trip

Abhainn – River | © Culture Trip

Draíocht

Pronounce it like this: dree-uct

Draíocht – Magic | © Culture Trip

Draíocht – Magic | © Culture Trip

Aisling

Pronounce it like this: ash-ling

Aisling - Dream | © Culture Trip

Aisling – Dream | © Culture Trip

Suaimhneas

Pronounce it like this: sue-uv-ness

Suaimhneas - Peace | © Culture Trip

Suaimhneas – Peace | © Culture Trip

Grá

Pronounce it like this: graw

Grá - Love | © Culture Trip

Grá – Love | © Culture Trip

Meala

Pronounce it like this: m-yalla

Meala - Honey | © Culture Trip

Meala – Honey | © Culture Trip

Saoirse

Pronounce it like this: sear-sha

Saoirse - Freedom | © Culture Trip

Saoirse – Freedom | © Culture Trip

Oíche

Pronounce it like this: ee-ha

Oíche – Night | © Culture Trip

Amhrán

Pronounce it like this: ow-rawn

Amhrán - Song | © Culture Trip

Amhrán – Song | © Culture Trip

Slíbhín

Pronounce it like this: slee-veen

Slíbhín - Sly person | © Culture Trip

Slíbhín – Sly person | © Culture Trip

Croí

Pronounce it like this: cree

Croí – Heart | © Culture Trip

Croí – Heart | © Culture Trip

Macnas

Pronounce it like this: mock-nus

Macnas - Playfulness | © Culture Trip

Macnas – Playfulness | © Culture Trip

Teaghlach

Pronounce it like this: ch-eye-lock

Teaghlach - Household or Family | © Culture Trip

Teaghlach – Household or Family | © Culture Trip

Niamh

Pronounce it like this: nee-uv

Niamh - Radiance | © Culture Trip

Niamh – Radiance | © Culture Trip

Fionn

Pronounce it like this: fyun

Fionn - Blonde | © Culture Trip

Fionn – Blonde | © Culture Trip