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Top 5 Irish Phrases! Or Learn How to Speak Irish in 5 Minutes!

The Donegal Gaeltacht region is an area in Donegal (Dún na nGall) where you will find the purest forms of both language & tradition - Irish song, dance & folklore! It is a unique experience to hear this ancient language being spoken by the locals.



Five sayings you will find handy when you are in the Gaeltacht region - give it a try & surprise our locals! 

- Dia duit (Hello)  

- Slán (Goodbye)

- Caidé mar atá tú? (How are you?)
Response; Tá mé go mhaith!  (I am good)
Response; Tá tart orm (I am thirsty), Tá ocras orm (I am hungry)

- Go raibh maith agat! (Thank you very much)

- Cé mhéad? (how much)


Click on the image to view video about Tory Island / Oileán Thoraí © Stories from Ireland's Wild Atlantic Way

Some interesting Facts: 

•    We have the largest geographical Gaeltacht in the Country! 

•    The Irish speaking (as Gaeilge) population in Donegal is 23,346 (2016 Census) 

•    26% of Donegal is the Gaeltacht region (1,502km2)!  

•    The term ‘Gaeltacht’ describes the Irish regions in Ireland where the Irish language is, or was until recently, the primary spoken language of the majority of the community

•    Gaoth Dobhair is the largest Gaeltacht parish in Ireland, which is home to regional studios of RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta!


       Images © Údarás na Gaeltachta



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