Irish language

Getting your morning routine just right will lead to a productive day

SUNNY SIDE UP: Does your morning routine include having a fry? There are people I know who would write a theses on the rights and wrongs of the fry above.
Robert McMillen

Go mbeannaí Dia daoibh and welcome yet again Alpha Males and Females alike, you are all welcome to the Bluffer’s Guide to Irish.

Here’s a question for you all. What’s the best way to start the day?

People have different routines but if you want a conversation starter, you could ask Cad é an gnáthamh laethúil atá agat? - what is your daily routine?

Everybody’s will be slightly different.

Éirim ar a seacht a chlog is I get up at seven o’clock so if you can count up to ten, you can fit this phrase into a sentence about you.

Déanaim aclaíocht - I do exercise so the Bluffer does a couple of hundred press-ups (not!) before some dianmhachnamh - meditation (not!) and then it’s time for one’s ablutions.

Bíonn cithfholcadh agam gach maidin - I have a shower every morning, scuabaim mo chuid fiacal - I brush my teeth and then it’s time for bricfeasta - breakfast.

The jury is out on breakfast. Some people think you should eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince and dinner like a pauper.

The Bluffer, for your information and edification, has brachán agus mil - porridge and honey for the first meal of the day before throwing on the old Armani suit, his trusty Raybans, a hint of Hugo Boss behind the ears and down the boxers and he’s fighting fit to face another day.

If you want to ask someone what they eat in the morning you could ask cad é a itheann tú ar maidin? They might start with de ghnáth - usually and then say ithim ... and whatever their brekkie entails.

You can go onto to find words you don’t know, be it a sausage roll or a fry or even a flat white.

The best thing about is that it has sound beside the word, so you get the Ulster pronunciation of the Irish word.

Your daily routine will be significantly different of course if you have young children. Or teenagers. Or a couple of 30-somethings still at home because you have let them become institutionalised.

So after you get up you,

could say déanaim réidh an bricfeasta do na páistí and this could be either parent talking although it’s more likely to be the woman.

Téann na páistí ar scoil ar a leath i ndiaidh a hocht - the children go to school at half eight but only after you’ve found their missing socks, schoolbags, homework etc and after you have made them a packed lunch.

Then it’s time for Mum and Dad to head off to their respective jobs.

But not everyone has a job to go to.

Pensioners, the unemployed will have different routines depending on their physical capablities and the status of their cash flow. 

Déanaim an siopadóir- eacht - I do the shopping could be added to visits to see friends and relations, a trip to the bookies, an Irish language conversation class, practising the trombone, visiting the library (while libraries still exist) and a hundred other things.

Routines are great for getting the most out of your time as long as you allow yourself some spontaneity – a lie in, a trip to the cinema, or maybe a wee G and T on the quiet.


Cad é an gnáthamh laethúil atá agat? (cadge ay un grahoo layhool ataa ugut) - what is your daily routine?

Éirim ar a seacht a chlog (eereem er a shakht a khlug) - I get up at seven o’clock

déanaim aclaíocht (janam acleeakht) - I do exercise

dianmhachnamh (janewakhnoo) - meditation

bíonn cithfholcadh agam gach maidin (beean keehulcoo ugum gakh majeen) - I have a shower every morning

scuabaim mo chuid fiacal (scoobim maw khudge feeakal) - I brush my teeth 

bricfeasta (brickfaasta) - breakfast

brachán agus mil (brakhaan agis mil) - porridge and honey

cad é a itheann tú ar maidin? (cadge ay a eehan too er madgeen) what do you eat in the morning

de ghnáth (de grah) - usually 

ithim (eehim) - I eat

Déanaim réidh an bricfeasta do na páistí - (I prepare breakfast for the children) - I make the kids’ brekkie 

Téann na páistí ar scoil ar a leath i ndiaidh a hocht (chayan ne paashtee er skull er leh i nyay a hokht) - the children go to school at half eight

Déanaim an siopadóir eacht (janim un shuppadoreakht) - I do the shopping


Enjoy reading the Irish News?

Subscribe now to get full access



Irish language

Today's horoscope


See a different horoscope: