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Alphabet

The Irish Gaelic alphabet is made up of the following letters:

a á b c d e é f g h i í l m n o ó p r s t u ú

Newly imported words can contain j, k, q, v, w, x, y, z. Of these, v is probably the most commonly used letter.

The accent that can be placed on each of the five vowels is called the fada. The accent broadens the vowel.

Vowel Pronunciation Example Pronunciation Translation
á /aw/ práta /PRAW-ta/ potatoe
ú /oo/ úll /ool/ apple
ó /oh/ bróg /brogue/ shoe
í /ee/ cailín /col-EEN/ girl
é /ay/ spéir /SPAY-ir/ sky

18 Comments »

  1. revshaughnessy said,

    January 28, 2008 @ 11:12 pm

    does using all capitol letters emphasize a word more at all?
    like if I use brod(of course it would have a fada over the o)as BROD does it mean a greater umph! or does it look ridiculous?

  2. Eoin said,

    January 29, 2008 @ 9:23 am

    revshaughnessy: in my opinion, you could emphasise just as you do in English, it’s your call.

  3. cody ziegler said,

    February 10, 2008 @ 12:43 am

    saol craicealte amhain

    Would I use a fada over every first vowel of each word?

    the a in saol
    the a in craicealte
    the a in amhain

    ??

    Please let me know its for a tattoo!

    THNX

  4. Eoin said,

    February 10, 2008 @ 12:13 pm

    cody ziegler: please use our free translation forum for specific word requests.

  5. kieran said,

    April 4, 2008 @ 1:27 pm

    please im getting a tattoo on wednesday and it involves my name kieran in gaelic lol someone help

  6. Eoin said,

    April 5, 2008 @ 2:30 pm

    keiran: please use our free translation forum for specific word requests.

  7. Khrys Taylor said,

    August 18, 2008 @ 1:05 am

    Only God can Decide

  8. Kristie Ledwith said,

    October 23, 2008 @ 3:33 am

    Excellent and informative site thank you :-)

  9. alimah said,

    November 20, 2008 @ 7:41 am

    can i please have the translation for the name alimah

  10. terry said,

    April 6, 2009 @ 8:35 am

    hi, im trying to find out the translation for the name Ella?

  11. derek said,

    April 13, 2009 @ 11:36 pm

    can anyone show how to write william or billy O’conner in irish gaelic.i want to tattoo it for my friend that passed.so i would really appreciate it thank you

  12. Nikkerczethy Giththe said,

    December 31, 2009 @ 8:11 am

    great site!

  13. Roxanne said,

    November 17, 2010 @ 6:18 pm

    Could someone please let me know how to write Christian, Saxony, and Angelika. These are my kids names and I would like to get them tattooed on me. Thank you for your help.

  14. mike said,

    December 19, 2010 @ 7:00 am

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