What are some popular Irish words?


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Some of the more popular Irish Gaelic words include "slainte," which means "health"; "slan," which means "safe"; and the phrase "Erin go bragh," which means "Ireland forever." Also popular is the phrase "Go n-éirí an bóthar leat," or "may the road rise up to meet you."

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"Slainte" is used often in pubs as a toast meaning, "to your health." "Slan" is used as a way to bid someone farewell.

"May the road rise up to meet you" is an example of how Celtic Christianity uses natural images and the concept of God interacting with the individual. Another example of this is the saying, "may the wind be always at your back."

Another Irish Gaelic phrase that incorporates road imagery is "giorraíonn beirt bóthar," which means "two people shorten the road." The phrase comes from an Irish folk tale in which a father wants his son to find a way to shorten a trip to visit the king.

Another popular phrase in Irish Gaelic is "Dia is Muire Dhuit," which is a greeting that translates to "God and Mary with you." In turn, the phrase "Dia is Mhuire Duit agus Padraig" is a popular response to that greeting. It means "God and Mary and St. Patrick with you."

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