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Posted: 08-Jul-2004, 11:09 AM
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There are two equally good ways to say "Happy Birthday!" in Irish:

* Breithlá Sona! (BREH-LAW SO-nuh)

* Lá Breithe Sona! (LAW BREH-huh SO-nuh)

Two ways to say "May you live to be 100!"

* Go maire tú an céad! (guh MA-ruh too uhn KYAYD)

* Go dté tú an céad! (guh JAY too uhn KYAYD)

... And a year for repentance!

* ... Agus bliain chun aithrí! (AH-guhs BLEE-ihn khoon A-hree)

Other useful expressions:

* Go maire tú an lá! (guh MA-ruh too uhn LAW) = Congratulations! Many happy returns!

* Sláinte agus saol chugat! (SLAWN-chuh ah-guhs SEEL KHU-guht) = Health and long life to you!

* Cén aois atá tú? (KAYN EESH uh-TAW too) = How old are you?

* Tá tú an-óg fós! (TAW too AHN-OHG FOHS) = You're still very young!

The Happy Birthday Song in Irish

Here it's sung to Séamas. Just replace "a Shéamais" with your friend's name and belt it out, preferably in a public place. "Go raibh tú sona inniu" (guh REHV too SO-nuh in-YOO) literally means "May you be happy today".

Go raibh tú sona inniu,
Go raibh tú sona inniu,
Go raibh tú sona, a Shéamais,
Go raibh tú sona inniu!

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