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Douglas, Isle of Man greets all road users with a bilingual welcome sign
Scotland likewise welcomes arrivals on the A7, Fàilte gu Alba
Fáilte written in Ogham

Fáilte (pronounced [ˈfɑːlʲtʲə]) (Irish), Fàilte (pronounced [faːlʲtʲə]) (Scottish Gaelic) and Failt (pronounced [fæːlʲtʲ]) (Manx) means "welcome".[1]

This word appears in the Irish phrase céad míle fáilte (a hundred thousand welcomes) as well as the similar Scottish and Manx phrases ceud mìle fàilte [also chiad mìle fàilte] and keead meel failt . It also occurs in the name of Fáilte Ireland and its predecessor organization, Bord Fáilte (Board of Welcome). Fáilte Towers, an RTÉ reality programme broadcast in Ireland in 2008, incorporates this word in its name as well.[2][3]

The accent above the a is a diacritic known in Irish Gaelic as the síneadh fada (literally, long stretching, as it lengthens the vowel; often just called the fada in English), and as the sràc (pronounced [s̪t̪ɾaːxk]) in Scottish Gaelic.)

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