How To Say Cheers In Irish As Gaeilge(With Toasts And Pronunciation)

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You visit Ireland for the first time, stop into an Irish bar, and are wondering “just how do I say cheers in Irish!?”. 

Don’t worry; you are not the first person to Google this.

In fact How to say cheers in Irish get’s Googled over 8000 times a month in America alone! 

How to say Cheers in Irish Language

  • While there are various ways to say cheers in Irish, the most common word you will hear is Sláinte!
  • You pronounce Sláinte like “slawwn-chee” or “Slaw-in-tche”
  • While there are many variations of Sláinte which I will go into detail below, they all generally mean: “to your health” or “good health.” The literal translation of Sláinte is “Health.”

Now if you want to blow away, an Irishman or Irishwoman then try to say this Irish saying:

Go mbeirimíd beo ar an am seo arís – “May we be alive at this same time again next year.”

  • Pronounced: Guh mer-i-meedh bee-oh er an am shu areesh

Not the easiest thing to say after a few pints of Guinness but I am sure they will appreciate it. 

Other ways to say Cheers in Irish

There are a few different ways you might hear in an Irish pub or with an Irish person that you might recognise.

Just don’t forget the basics: Cheers! = Sláinte!

Other variations of ways to say Cheers in Irish you might hear are:

  • Sláinte mhaith (pronounced slan-cha vah) – meaning “good health.”
  • Sláinte chugat (pronounced hoo-uv) – meaning “health to you.”

And while you are here why not learn an Irish toast:

This is a perfect toast for an Irish wedding:

  • Toast: May you live and may you wear it out
    Irish: Go mairir is go gathair
    Pronunciation: Guh mah-rir is guh gah-hir

What other ways of saying Cheers in Irish do you know? 

Comment below and let us know and thank you for stopping by. 

How To Say Cheers In The Irish language As Gaeilge(+Pronunciation)
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P.S One last Irish toast:

Toast: May God not weaken your hand
Irish: Nár laga Dia do lámh
Pronunciation: Nar lah-ga Djee-ah dhu lawv

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5 thoughts on “How To Say Cheers In Irish As Gaeilge(With Toasts And Pronunciation)”

  1. My grandfather used to say something that sounded like :Slainte, Slainte agus a nish. Any ideas what it means?

  2. Does anyone know what a phrase sounding like suggan buggan might mean – a relative thinks it could be to do sith saddle shaped or armchair.

  3. My Mother blessed herself in Gaelic and it ended with something that sounded like “augus in nish Amen.” but that was very long ago.


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