When you think of drinking you most likely have thought of the Irish and the ever so popular Guinness. Ireland is well known for the alcohol so when you visit this beautiful country, it is important to know some of the local language so you can socialize and give a proper cheers as you raise your Guinness in celebration. Because Ireland draws in millions of tourists every year you can probably get away with whatever you currently say, but why not surprise a few people with you knowledge of the country.
Sláinte – (pronounced Slawn Cha) – The meaning of sláinte is “health” and like most countries is the more popular term to use while toasting. In Irish Gaelic they often will use this term when toasting good friends and family. Locals love to meet new people so as you go into any pub get ready to have a pint or two while listening to stories on the history of Ireland.
Other Terms You Can Say To Offer Cheers
Sláinte mhaith (pronounced slan-cha vah) – meaning “good health”
Sláinte chugat (pronounced hoo-uv) – meaning “health to you”
If you are lucky you may even have the chance to go over their during Saint Patrick’s Day and really get a taste of their culture. They don’t drink car bombs, but do love to celebrate and will cheers you for every pint of beer you drink.
Toasting in Irish
Now that we covered the traditional cheers in Irish, it’s time to talk about other toasts. Ireland is full of fun and entertainment, making it a great place to socialize and find new friends. Locals love to talk about the history of Ireland so when it is time to give a toast you need to wait for the right moment as to not interrupt any conversations.
Obama, past president of the United States, has even come to Ireland to give a cheers and toat to his ancestors. He did use the classic ‘Slainte’, but still kept it to tradition as he drank a pint of Guiness.
Drinking Cheers and Toasts
Sláinte – “to health”
Go mbeirimíd beo ar an am seo arís – “May we be alive at this same time again next year”
Céad Míle Fáilte – “One hundred thousand welcomes”
Beimid ag ól – “Let’s be drinking”
New Years and Christmas Cheers
Athbhliain faoi mhaise duit – “A prosperous New Year to you”
Happy Christmas to you -Nollaig shona dhuit