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Christmas :)

Dia daoibh!

Nollaig shona daoibh! As many of you may have noticed, the Christmas bonus skill is once again available for Spanish, French, German, Italian and Portuguese (if you want to purchase it, it is 15 lingots in the store). But what about Irish?! Well, it appears that there will not be a Christmas bonus skill for Irish this year (well...Team Duo might surprise us yet ;D) Anyway, here is a post to get you in the (Irish) Christmas spirit! Here, you will learn some Christmas vocab, some Irish Christmas traditions and you will get to listen to some Irish Christmas carols!

Vocabulary - Foclóir

  • Christmas - Nollaig
  • Christmas Day - Lá Nollag
  • Christmas Eve - Oíche Nollag
  • Christmas spirit - Spiorad na Nollag
  • Pudding - Maróg
  • Christmas lights - Soilse Nollag
  • Decoration - Maisiúchán
  • Christmas decorations - Maisiúcháin Nollag
  • Cracker - Pléascóg
  • Carol - Carúl
  • Christmas tree - Crann Nollag
  • Present - Bronntanas
  • Gift - Féirín
  • Stockings - Stocaí
  • Manger - Mainséar
  • Turkey (food/animal) - Turcaí
  • Brussels sprouts - Bachlóga Bruiséile
  • Roast potatoes - Prátaí rósta
  • Jesus - Íosa
  • Bethlehem - Beithil
  • Israel - Iosrael
  • Angel - Aingeal
  • Santa Claus - Daidí na Nollag
  • Santa Claus - San Nioclás
  • The North Pole - an Pol Thuaidh
  • Reindeer - Réinfhia
  • Mince pie - Pióg mhionra
  • Biscuit - Briosca
  • Hot chocolate - Seacláid the
  • Excitement - Sceitimíní
  • Fairytale - Síscéal
  • Winter - Geimhreadh
  • Fairy - Sióg
  • Polar bear - Béar bán
  • Penguin - Piongain
  • Shopping - Siopadóireacht
  • New Year - Bliain Nua
  • Snow - Sneachta
  • Snowman - Fear sneachta
  • Frozen - Reoite
  • Snow globe - Cruinneog shneachta
  • To put on weight - Meáchan a chur suas
  • One more - Ceann amháin eile
  • Hanukkah - Féile an Tiomnaithe / Hanukkah
  • Dreidel - Dréadal
  • Menorah - Meanóra
  • St. Nicholas' Day - Lá Fhéile Niocláis

Memrise course for the above vocab

Traditions - Traidisiúin

In Ireland, the Christmas season begins on December 8th. This is the day many people decorate their houses and start their seasonal shopping. Though we don't celebrate Thanksgiving, Black Friday and Cyber Monday are becoming much more popular here.

The Late Late Toy Show

This is a long running Irish Christmas tradition. It is a special edition of the Late Late Show, Ireland's main chat show. This special edition is broadcast every year near the end of November or early December. Its focus- toys. Children from all over Ireland come on to review toys, games and books. Other children come on air to show off their talents and there are generally lots of presents ("one for everyone in the audience!") It is usually the most watched show in Ireland every year. (Watch this year's Toy Show here)

Christmas Eve/Day

Children usually leave a plate of treats out for Santa before going to bed on the 24th of December. This usually includes cookies and mince pies, as well as a glass of milk (or pint of Guinness). A carrot is also left out for Rudolph.

Christmas Day starts off early with young kids waking their parents at an ungodly hour to go and open their presents. Good children will get what they asked Santa for, but bad children might just get a bag of coal!

After Christmas morning, most people will meet up with friends and family for more gift exchanging and a traditional meal of turkey, ham, roast potatoes, mashed potatoes, Brussels sprouts, Christmas pudding, Christmas cake and lots of other family favourites.

The Day After

In Ireland, the day after Christmas (December 26th) is known as St. Stephan's Day. In some parts of the country, it is also known as "Wrenday"

Little Christmas

January 6th ("Little Christmas") is the official end of the Christmas season. It is sometimes also called Women's Christmas. On this day, some men take up the household duties for the day.

"Any Craic?" Níl

Carols - Carúil

As Béarla

Fairytale of New York Note: Explicit

Wexford Carol

As Gaeilge

Oíche Chiúin

Bualadh Bos

(If you have any more, feel free to suggest them)

Well, that's it for now! I hope you enjoyed this post!

Nollaig shona daoibh agus athbhliain faoi mhaise!

(Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!)


December 11, 2014



Thank you for the wonderful post! I really enjoyed it, and I know I'll enjoy the memrise lesson too. Thanks for including Hanukkah words too!


M-m-m. Yum, yum! Seacláid the!!! Sounds like my cup of tea. Thanks for this delightful Christmas post. It inspired me to finally start using Memrise.

I don't think anyone has mentioned this fun "Ní Fada Uainn An Nollaig " video from Coláiste Lurgan (You can see the same video with the Irish words if you click on the YouTube version.) http://www.evoke.ie/extra/colaiste-lurgan-christmas-video/

How about Cuireadh do Mhuire (An Invitation to Mary). The lyrics were penned by Irish poet Máirtín Ó Direáin for Christmas 1942, when the world was reeling under the horrors of WWII. The poet, who spent his boyhood on the Aran Islands, offers refuge to Mary on an island in the sea, "far away in the west".

This version from the TG Lurgan channel shows the Irish words on screen https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uFqQj2Z2Fl4

And here are the lyrics with translation. http://www.ballinagree.freeservers.com/cuireadh.html


Thank you for the post, Alex! The Late Late Toy Show is far too cool, very neat!


Thank you. I enjoyed this so much. I don't even miss the Irish Christmas Bonus Skill, And thank you for the Christmas Memrise lesson.


Woah, this post is terrific!! Thank you! I appreciate it very much (:


Thanks so, so much for this post. Have a nice Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa or Three kings day, which ever you celebrate, hope you all have fun!


That whole album is fantastic. "The Bells of Dublin" by the Chieftains with various guest artists.


I hope there will be a bonus skill about this soon :P


Thank you very much for this! What a lot of effort <3


This is great! Thanks so much!


Hello, everyone.

A friend of mine just told me about a recently released Irish Christmas songs album. http://naxosusa.com/2014/the-wexford-carols/ I've had a preview listen on Itunes and it sounds quite nice. Just thought I'd share.

Cheers from Toronto.


Exquisite. A thousand thanks.


I've never heard anyone using "San Nioclás" for Santa Clause but mabye that's just my Dublin Irish. Bain sult as na saoire!


I only included it because it is closer to the original Saint Nicholas/Sinterklaas :)

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I don't know if I can properly express just how much I love that the Irish have an explicit Christmas carol.

Anyways, here's hoping Team Duo surprises us anyways. Go raibh maith agat!


Go raibh maith agat!


"Meáchan a chur suas" is a term you will hear but it's a bit of Béarlachas. More natural expressions include: titim chun feola/meáchain (táim tite chun feola/meáchain le deireanas = I've put on weight recently) or tromaigh (thromaigh sé go mór le bliain anuas = he's put on a lot of weight in the past year).


The Christmas Bonus Skill is 15 lingots, at least in Portuguese.


Sounds very similar to how we celebrate Christmas in England!


Go raibh maith agat agus Nollaig Shona Duit!


Thanks!!!! I actually just created a discussion about bonus lessons for Irish, and I was bummed that there wasn't an Irish Christmas lesson. This is really cool!


Thank you for this very helpful post!


There is another Gaelic carol, sung by Celtic Woman, called "Don Oíche Úd i mBeithil"

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