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

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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
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