“Congratulations” in Irish

In this video, we learn how to say “Congratulations” (Comhghairdeachas) in Irish.

How to say "Congratulations" in Irish

The word “Comhghairdeachas” is a compound word of “comh-” and “gairdeachas”, meaning “joy” or “gladness” (you will also encounter the slightly shorter alternative, and more standardised word, “Comhghairdeas”).

The Irish language distinguishes between “you” singular and “you” plural. When speaking directly to one person, you might say “Comhghairdeachas leat!”, and to a group of people, “Comhghairdeachas libh!” This can be supplemented with a phrase such as “ó chroí” (from the heart), for added emphasis, e.g. Comhghairdeachas ó chroí leat, a chara! (A hearty congratulations, friend!).

Other phrases you could use to praise someone include “Maith thú!” (well done), “Bulaí fir!” (good man) and “Maith an bhean!” (good woman).

Watch the video to practice your pronunciation of the word “Comhghairdeachas” (Note that you might also use the word “Comhghairdeas” in this instance).

Samplaí Eile / Other Examples:

– Comhghairdeachas ar bhur ngealltanas = Congratulations on your engagement!

– Comhghairdeachas ó chroí le buaiteoirí Cluiche Ceannais na hÉireann = Congratulations to the All-Ireland Final winners!

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