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Learn Irish with Overland

Welcome to ‘Gaelic on the Go’. We have been busy putting together a list of useful Irish phrases to impress the locals and immerse yourself in our culture. You don’t need to speak Irish in Ireland as almost everyone speaks English, but it’s a lot of fun to learn a new language, and Irish is a little more unique than most modern languages.

Not only will you see Ireland through the eyes of the locals on your tour but you will learn to speak like them too! If anything we say inspires you to visit Ireland with us, check out our small group tours of Ireland and get in touch if you have any questions. 

Irish on the Road Graphic

Irish on the Road

Gaeilge Abú!

(Meaning: Hurray for Irish! Pronunciation: Gayl-ga a-boo)

Irish Phrases and Words of the Day Graphic

Irish Phrases and Words of the Day


Meaning: The name for the Irish language – Pronunciation: Gay-L-ga


Meaning: Cheers (Literal translation: Health) – Pronunciation: Slawn-cha

Dia duit

Meaning: Hello (literal translation: God to you) – Pronunciation: Jee-ya gutch

Céad míle fáilte

Meaning: A Hundred thousand welcomes – Pronunciation: Kade mee-la fall-cha

Go raibh maith agat

Meaning: Thank you – Pronunciation: Guh ruh moh a-guth

Tá fáilte romhat

Meaning: You’re welcome – Pronunciation: Thaw fall-cha row-th


Meaning: Goodbye – Pronuncation: Slawn

Aon scéal?

Meaning: Any news? – Pronunciation: Ain sh-cale

Tá mé go maith

Meaning: I’m doing well – Pronunciation: Thaw may guh moh

Ceart go leor

Meaning: OK – Pronunciation: Kyart go lore

John is ainm dom

Meaning: John is my name – Pronunciation: John is an-im dumb

Cad is anim duit?

Meaning: what is your name? – Pronunciation: Cod is an-im dutch?

Oíche mhaith

Meaning: Good night – Pronunciation: Ee-ha wah

Maidin mhaith

Meaning: Good morning – Pronunciation: Mah – gin wah

Tabhair aire

Meaning: Take care – Pronunciation: Thore are-ah

Tá an bia go hálainn

Meaning: The food is lovely – Pronunciation: Thaw on bee-ya guh hall-in

Le do thoill

Meaning: Please – Pronunciation: Le duh hull

Bealach/Slí amach

Meaning: Exit – Pronunciation: Bal-akh/ Shlee amakh


Meaning: Toilet – Pronunciation: Le-ris


Meaning: Men – Prononciation: Fear


Meaning: Ladies – Pronunciation: Ma – naw

Silhouette of a person jumping with joy surrounded by clovers in Ireland.

Irish Proverbs

Giorraíonn beirt bóthar

Meaning: Two people shorten the road

Pronunciation: Girr-ee-in birch bo-har

Is fearr beagán den ghaol ná mórán den charthanas

Meaning: A little kinship is better than a lot of charity

Pronunciation: Is far beg-awn gin gail naw more-awn gin corr-hanas

Níl aon thinteán mar do thinteán féin

Meaning: There is no place like home

Pronunciation: Kneel ane hin-tawn mar duh hin-tawn fane

Ní neart go cur le chéile

Meaning: There is no strength without unity

Pronunciation: Knee nyart guh kir leh kayla

Comh ciotach le muc ag dul suas dréimire

Meaning: As clumsy as a pig climbing a ladder

Pronunciation: Ko key-uh-tach le muck egg dull sue-As dray-mer-A

Is fearr cara sa chúirt ná punt sa sparán

Meaning: It is better to have a friend in court than a pound in your wallet

Pronunciation: Is far kah-ra sa coor-ch naw punt sa spaw-rawn

An rud is annamh is iontach

Meaning: What is rare is wonderful

Pronunciation: An rud is an-iv is een-tach    

Is fearr Gaeilge bhriste ná Béarla cliste

Meaning: It is better to have broken Irish than clever English

Pronunciation: Is far gayl-ge vrish-ta naw bear-la clish-ta