The most common language spoken in Ireland is English, but "happy birthday" in the ancient Gaelic language is typically given with the phrase, "Lá breithe shona duit," which translates as "Happy birthday to you."
Irish Gaelic is rarely spoken in everyday life in Ireland, but it is traditionally revered as the "mother tongue." It is still the first official language in the country, spoken by approximately 30 percent of the population. Many Irish people know simple words and short phrases in different versions of the Gaelic language. The birthday wish "Lá breithe shona duit" is pronounced as "law bre-heh hunn-ah dwitch." Birthday celebrations in Ireland often include storytelling and dancing, including traditional Irish folk songs and various Celtic dances.