Happy New Year in Irish Gaelic

The Conor Pass, Kerry, Ireland

Happy New Year in Irish Gaelic


Athbhliain faoi mhaise dhuit Ah-vlee-on fwee vash-ah gwitch Happy New Year

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This is an approximate pronunciation of the phrase:

Ah-vlee-on fwee vash-ah gwitch

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The Conor Pass, Kerry, Ireland
The Conor Pass, on the Dingle Peninsula, County Kerry, Ireland. People speak a mix of English and the Irish language in Dingle.

Translation in Irish Language

Happy New Year = Athbhliain faoi mhaise dhuit

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