13 Ways To Say Hello In Ireland

Photo of sheep saying hello in Ireland

If you ever visit Ireland you’ll discover we have a way with words. Even though Irish is our native language, the majority of the population speak only English. Its how we use English that will leave you bemused.

Hello in Irish

There are different dialects in the Irish language so depending on where you’re visiting you’ll find ‘hello’ in Irish is pronounced differently.

The most common way of saying hello in Irish is Dia dhuit, pronounced, jee-ah-gwitch. You might also hear it pronounced as jee-ah-gwit or
jee-ah ditch.

If you are saying hello in Irish to more than one person then you would use, Dia Daoibh which is pronounced jee-uh dee-uv or jee-uh dee-iv.

Even though the topic of dialects in the Irish language can be complex,  most if not all Irish speakers will understand each one. If you’re interested in learning online to speak Irish try the website duolingo.

How to say hello in Ireland

With the Irish language having different dialects in Ireland, the English language in Ireland has its slang. In Ireland, a word or a phrase can have several different meanings but how and when its used is important.

Let’s take hello as an example. In Ireland, the greeting of hello can drastically change within a few miles radius with each one being amusing as the next. Here are some of the common ways of saying hello in Ireland.

Greeting: Hows the form?
Translation: How are things with you?

Greeting: What’s the story? or just story?
Translation: How is everything?

Greeting: Alright there Bud?
Translation: Are you doing ok friend?

Greeting: How’s she cutting?
Translation: How is everything going?

Greeting: What’s the criac?
Translation: How is everything?

Greeting: What’s the bars?
Translation: Do you have any gossip?

Greeting: Alright head the ball?
Translation: How are things you lunatic?

Greeting: How’s about yee? or the abbreviation bout yee?
Translation: How are you?

Greeting: Alright Boyo
Translation: Are you doing ok, boy/lad/man?

Greeting: Alright mucker?
Translation: How are things, friend?

Greeting: How’s she hanging?
Translation: Are your private parts comfortable?

Greeting: Yes, hi or Yes, lad
Translation: Hello!

Greeting: How in the name of Jaysus are ya?
Translation: I haven’t seen you in a very long time, how is everything going with you?

As you can see, we have a very colorful way of greeting people but what’s even more amusing is that’s only a few of them. How about changing the way you say hello by using one of the above phrases and watch how people react.

Last updated May 23, 2020.

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Dave Donnelly
Dave has a passion for anything relating to Ireland.