On the Island of Inisheer among the great Aran Islands in Galway Bay, the beautiful language of the Irish is kept alive by the estimated 300 people who call the island home.
Irish school children still can learn the native tongue of their resilient ancestors, although it is no longer used in daily dealings except in a few pockets of the green isle.
So how about learning a greeting or two for St. Patrick’s Day. While pronunciations vary depending on the county, anything is better than top o’ the morning to ya!
Good morning: maidin mhaith, (MA-jin vah)
Good morning (to one person): Dia dhuit ar maidin, (Jee-uh gwitch air Ma-jin)
Good morning (to multiple people): Dia Dhaoibh ar maidin (Jee-uh Yee-uv air MA-jin)
And for later…a few toasts for happy hour.
To health: Slainte
Health to the men and may the women live forever: Slainte chuig na fir, agus go mairfidh na mna go deo.
Long life to you, a wet mouth, and a death in Ireland: Fad saol agat, gob fliuch, agus bas in Eirinn.