Celtic Festivals some are attempting to add more language and
dress that is authentically Celtic. For those working the festivals,
you can begin to incorporate phrases and language and dress that
will begin your festival traditions.
Here are some
phrases in English that incorporate Celtic ideas, and a few Irish
Gaelic phrases that are appropriate. You can try to memorize a
few to use at festivals. When speaking to festivalgoers, it may
be helpful to use the Gaelic phrase followed by the English translation.
Carry this list with you so you can practice adding words and
phrases to your Celtic Festival dialect.
TO GREET PEOPLE
TO THE FESTIVAL OR TO YOUR AREA:
Céad míle fáilte! (kayda meela full cha)
– A Hundred Thousand Welcomes!
TO GREET A
VERY DEAR FRIEND:
Anamcara! (Ahn am kar ah) – Soul friend!
Mo chroí ! (Ma kree) – My heart!
THE KING AND QUEEN PASS BY:
Éireann go Brách! (Air in go brawh) – Ireland
TO TOAST SOMEONE
WITH A DRINK:
Sláinte! (sloin-cha) – Good health!
TO SAY THANK
Go Reibh maith agat. (guh reve ma ha goot) – Thank you.
TO SAY YOU'RE
Tá fáilte (tah fullcha) – You're welcome.
AFRIEND IN BATTLE OR A STRUGGLE:
Misneach! (Meesh nock) – Courage!
TO TELL SOMEONE
OFF (Skip the translation on this one.):
Póg mo thóun! (poge ma hone) – Kiss my ass!
TO SOMEONE WHO IS ODD BUT NOT BAD:
He's (She's) one of the Selkie-born!
My good woman, My lady, Good lady, Gentlewoman, Gentles (more
one), Fair one, Lass, Lassie, Lassies, Biddy (followed by surname),
Mistress (followed by first name), Missy, Miss, Good crone, Wise
Mother/máthair (maw hair), Daughter of Danu
OR TEASING REFERENCE TO A WOMAN:
Wench, Ban-Sidhe, Traveler, Will-o-the-wisp, Pixie, One of the
Changeling, Ragamuffin, Tart, Strumpet, Trollop
My good man, Good fellow, Sir, Good sir, Good sirs, Lad, Laddy,
Laddies, Gentlemen, Gentles (more than one), Master (followed
by first name), Good sage, Wise grandfather, Father/Athair (ah
hair), Son of Dagda
OR TEASING REFERENCE TO A MAN:
Knave, Rascal, Rapscallion, Rounder, Traveler (gypsy), Goblin,
Dwarf, Layabout, Leprechaun, one of the Selkie-born (odd but not
A STORY WITH:
'Tis a true story!"
IF YOU ARE
ASKED DIRECTIONS, BEGIN WITH:
Well, I wouldn't start from here if I was you…
Ye can't get there from here, but if you start yonder at the tree…
GIVING DIRECTIONS WITH:
Ya can't miss it! (even if you can)
Ya've got to take ev'ry advantage!
THE IMPORTANCE OF SOMETHING:
Sure and it's…
TO ASK SOMEONE
IF HE/SHE WANTS SOMETHING, ASK:
Will ye be having the/a _____, then?
THAT IS VERY GOOD IS:
Grand! ('Tis a Grand day! 'Tis a Grand story!)
HERE ARE SOME
SUGGESTED PHRASES WITH AN IRISH CELTIC FLAVOR:
(If you know the Celtic Gods and Goddesses and Celtic culture,
try your hand at making some up!)
sword of truth that is a wondrous deed!
May Brigit bless your hearth, good lady.
Well, sir, I believe you would give the Horned God competition!
May the spring festival of Beltaine bloom ever in your marriage
She is so beautiful I might be persuaded to be handfasted!
May the Faeries give your cows abundant milk!
I would have her Selkie skin to hide and make her mine.
May you dance in the Faerie realm but not be lost there but for
She would make the ban-sidhe blush with her screeching!
He is a prince of the Fair Folk with such a face as dreams are
By the chariots of the Tuatha De Danaan, that is a riddle indeed!
Would that the Cailleach would escort her across the veil e'er
I see her again!
I'll have the Druids' judgment on that if you dare!
May Manannán Mac Lir guide your ships through the storm,
I would that Morganna took a shillelagh to him!
Goddess bless you and yours.
May Brighid spread her cloak upon your fields.
He is as ugly as Balor the Cyclops!
The wisdom of the Salmon to you.
Eat the hazelnut, my friend, and find some wisdom in this.
May the law of the Brehon come down upon his head!
Cernunnos has no horns compared to that man. His maypole is strung
well with ribbon! (flirting)
May those who love us, love us well. And those who love us not,
may the Goddess turn their hearts. And if she cannot turn their
hearts, may the God turn their ankles, that we may know them from
She is the Spring Maiden in all her glory!
May the Faeries take you and leave your shoes!
May Epona's horses carry you to safety.
May the road rise to meet you, and may the wind be at your back.
May the ancestor's guide you in your decision, my friend.
It is a great oak that shades his yard! (he is wise)
By hoof and horn! 'Twas a grand story!
I would make of your maypole a dance, sir, but I fear it would
be a short dance indeed!
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