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How do you say good morning in Irish

 How do you say good morning in Irish




Whisper it quietly - go maith socair shéimh - but 

wishing someone a good morning as you do in English 

is not really a Gaelic ‘thing’. 

Some books for learners 

might suggest maidin mhaith (which literally means 

good morning), but that is really just a one-to-one 

translation of good morning from English.

No, the real Irish greeting - whatever the time of day - 
is Dia duit (or Dia dhuit, depending on the dialect) 

one person or Dia daoibh (or Dia dhaoibh, again, 

depending on the dialect) to more than one person. 

It literally means God [be] with you, and can be used 

at any time of day in Irish - morning, noon or night. 

That’s part of its beauty.

If you want to be specific about greeting someone in 

the morning (as opposed to any other time of day), 

you can add ar maidin (literally, on [the] morning), 

hence Dia duit ar maidin, Dia dhuit ar maidin etc.

That is the closest authentically Irish phrase that you 

can get to good morning in the language. In contrast, 

maidin mhaith, although it is being increasingly used 

(perhaps because it avoids the religious aspect of the 

traditional greeting) and is even recommended to 

learners in some books, is an example of Béarlachas 

(Anglicism) in the language.

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