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“I don’t have a word of Irish”. Sure you do, here’s 101 of them. Photo by: Getty

How many of these Irish words do you know?

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“I don’t have a word of Irish”. Sure you do, here’s 101 of them. Photo by: Getty

Aodhán O'Dea, Stiúrthóir Forbartha/ Director of Development with Conradh na Gaeilge, Glór na nGael and Comhluadar, is passionate about the Irish language.

He's come up with an interesting challenge for those who think they've not a word of the language that's he's kindly given us permission to share. Do you know the meaning of these 101 words as Gaeilge?

“Ah sure I don’t have a word of Irish” is one of those throwaway phrases we hear regularly about an Ghaeilge. My response to this is to challenge them to think about it and they normally have lots of Irish; hundreds of words in fact, and can put basic sentences together.

If you studied Irish through school and think you have forgotten it all you might just surprise yourself by having a read of the list below. I bet you will know most of them if not all:


Níl




Agus
Isteach
Amach
Dia Duit
Fáilte
Beag
Mór
Nua
Sásta
Brón
Grá
Mná
Fir
Cailín
Buachaill
Bia
Cóipleabhar
Bainne
Siúcra
Uisce
Tae
Caifé
Bricfeasta
Cáca milis
Cupán
Milseán
Conas atá tú?
Go maith
Go raibh maith agat
Slán
Abhaile
Craic
Sláinte

Seachtain
Lámh
Bróg
Súil
Béal
Croí
Fiacla
Hata
Geansaí
Aon

Trí
Ceathar
Cúig

Seacht
Ocht
Naoi
Gaeilge
Béarla
Éire
Raidió
Teilifís
Liathróid
Bainisteoir
Ticéad
Dearg
Bán
Dubh
Glas
Gorm
Oráiste
Nuacht
Aimsir
Sneachta
Fliuch
Garda Síochána
An Post
Scoil
Coláiste
Taoiseach
Tánaiste
Dáil
Pictiúrlann
Snámh
Rith
Leaba
Doras
Fuinneog
Leithreas
Bosca
Brúscar
Ceol
Leabhar
Siopa
Rothar
Tacsaí
Bóthar
Cnoc
Madra
Capall

So how did you get on? Find out what each word meant in our answer list here.

Now all you need to do is start making sentences with them and you will be back speaking Irish in no time! Be positive about the language, try out your “cúpla focal” – you would be surprised how fast it comes back to you!

Find the answers here.


For more Irish language information visit www.cnag.ie.

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