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Irish Sayings

The wit and charm of the Irish are showcased on this page of Irish sayings.

If you’re looking for an Irish message for your St. Patrick’s Day card or a Facebook birthday message to an Irish friend, there are lots to choose from. For all of your Irish and “Irish-in-Spirit” friends, it’s fun to send a clever Irish message.

Consider including an Irish blessing to your friends or family. Pick one from our collection below.

Grand Irish Sayings.

Grand Irish Sayings

The lilt of the Irish voice might make these sayings sound more full of wit and wisdom. But, you’ll be a wee bit smarter even if you just read them to yourself — just try not to move your lips. Thanks a million!

1.) It is often that a person’s mouth broke his nose.

2.) Even a small thorn causes festering.

3.) It’s easy to halve the potato where there’s love.

4.) Every patient is a doctor after his cure.

5.) A good laugh and a long sleep are the two best cures.

Sweet Irish Sayings.

6.) A trout in the pot is better than a salmon in the sea.

7.) What fills the eye fills the heart.

8.) A drink precedes a story.

9.) There is no luck except where there is discipline.

10.) A little kinship is better than a lot of charity.

11.) The man with the boots does not mind where he places his foot.

12.) A hound’s food is in its legs.

13.) Everyone is wise till he speaks.

14.) In every land, hardness is in the north of it, softness in the south, industry in the east, and fire and inspiration in the west.

Inspirational Irish Sayings

15.) A family of Irish birth will argue and fight, but let a shout come from without and see them all unite.

16.) You’ll never plow a field by turning it over in your mind.

17.) A friend’s eye is a good mirror.

18.) You’ve got to do your own growing, no matter how tall your grandfather was.

19.) The heaviest ear of grain bends its head the lowest.

20.) May the roof above you never fall in and those gathered beneath it never fall out.

21.) Time is a great storyteller.

22.) Lose an hour in the morning, and you’ll be looking for it all day.

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Irish Sayings on Money

23.) If you buy what you don’t need, you might have to sell what you do.

24.) Forgetting a debt doesn’t mean it’s paid.

25.) It is better to spend money like there’s no tomorrow than to spend tonight like there’s no money.

26.) A penny gets another penny.

27.) If you want to know what God thinks of money, just look at who He gives it to!

28.) May your pockets be heavy and your heart be light. May good luck pursue you each morning and night.

Funny Irish sayings.

Short Irish Sayings

29.) The beauty of the Emerald Isle never looked finer than in you.

30.) Happiness, peace, and plenty!

31.) When Irish eyes are smiling, watch out!

32.) Irish you would kiss me!

33.) Drink is the curse of the land. It makes you fight with your neighbor. It makes you shoot at your landlord — and it makes you miss him.

34.) No man ever wore a scarf as warm as his daughter’s arm around his neck.

35.) Top o’ the mornin’!

36.) Oh, Danny Boy! (classic Irish song reference)

37.) May St. Patrick guard you all the days of your life.

38.) Ireland forever!

Good Irish Sayings

39.) Kiss Me; I’m Irish!

40.) For the love of Ireland!

41.) I’m looking over a four-leaf clover.

42.) Erin Go Braugh!

43.) Let’s get green, and let’s get lucky! Happy St. Pat’s Day!

44.) Let’s make St Pat proud! Everybody to the pub!

45.) If the cat sits long enough at the hole, she will catch the mouse.

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Best Irish Sayings.

Blessings of the Irish

46.) Some of the best work excuses happen because of St. Pat’s Day. Imagine all of the leprechaun abduction tales that employers must hear! Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

47.) Stop reading and get drinking. Happy St Pat’s Day!

48.) To the only day that it’s easy to be green. Happy Saint Patrick’s Day!

49.) I wanted to help you think Green today. Happy St. Patrick’s Day.

50.) Wishing you a very green and very lucky St Patrick’s Day! Cheers to that!

51.) Wishing you the happiness of a leprechaun’s gold and a day of songs of love that will never grow old! Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

52.) Wishing you the many wonderful things that an Irish blessing will bring. Happiness, joy, love, and laughter, may your day be content, and may you smile happily ever after! Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

53.) You have a special place this St. Pat’s Day… a special spot just for you in my wee heart!

54.) Wishing you all the luck of the Irish! Happy St Patrick’s Day!

55.) Wishing you the greenest and luckiest St Pat’s Day ever!

56.) You’re in my mind and in my heart; that’s what I want to say. It’s all about the gold and rainbows…it’s St. Patrick’s Day! I hope you have a great day!

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Best Irish Blessings

57.) May God grant you many years to live; for sure, He must be knowing. The earth has angels all too few. And heaven is overflowing.

58.) May your home always be too small to hold all your friends.

59.) Dance as if no one were watching, Sing as if no one were listening, And live every day as if it were your last.

60.) A pint of the black stuff. (A Guinness reference)

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The beauty of the Emerald Isle.

Prayers

61.) May you always have walls for the winds, A roof for the rain, tea beside the fire, Laughter to cheer you, those you love near you, And all your heart might desire.

62.) May you have a love that never ends, Lots of money, and lots of friends Health be yours, whatever you do, And may God send many blessings to you!

63.) May God grant you always, A sunbeam to warm you, A moonbeam to charm you, A sheltering angel, so nothing can harm you.

64.) May you live long, Die happy, And rate a mansion in heaven.

65.) May you have warm words on a cold evening, A full moon on a dark night, And the road downhill all the way to your door.

66.) Health and long life to you. Land without rent to you. A child every year to you, And if you can’t go to heaven, May you at least die in Ireland.

67.) May your neighbors respect you, Trouble neglect you, The angels protect you, And heaven accept you.

Prayers From Ireland

68.) Bless you and yours as well as the cottage you live in. May the roof overhead be well thatched And those inside be well matched.

69.) May joy and peace surround you, Contentment latch your door, And happiness be with you now And bless you evermore.

70.) May St. Patrick guard you wherever you go and guide you in whatever you do – and may his loving protection be a blessing to you always.

Irish Gaelic Sayings

71.) May your troubles be less and your blessings be more. And nothing but happiness comes through your door.

72.) Bless you and yours as well as the cottage you live in. May the roof overhead be well thatched and those inside be well matched.

73.) May the luck of the Irish lead to the happiest heights, and the highway you travel be lined with green lights.

Traditional Irish Sayings

74.) May brooks and trees and singing hills; join in the chorus, too. And every gentle wind that blows Send happiness to you.

75.) May there be a generation of children on the children of your children.

76.) May you be poor in misfortune, Rich in blessings, Slow to make enemies, And quick to make friends.
But rich or poor, Quick or slow, May you know nothing but happiness From this day forward.

Good Irish saying.

Irish Messages

77.) Drink is the curse of the land. It makes you fight with your neighbor. It makes you shoot at your landlord — and it makes you miss him!

78.) May peace and plenty be the first to lift the latch on your door, and happiness be guided to your home by the candle of Christmas.

79.) May the face of every good news And the back of every bad news Be toward us.

80.) May you have No frost on your spuds, No worms on your cabbage. May your goat give plenty of milk. And if you inherit a donkey, May she be in foal.

81.) May you get all your wishes but one so you always have something to strive for!

Gaelic Blessings

82.) May your heart be warm and happy with the lilt of Irish laughter every day in every way and forever and ever after.

83.) May good luck be your friend in whatever you do. And may trouble be always a stranger to you.

84.) May God grant you many years to live; for sure, He must be knowing. The earth has angels all too few, And heaven is overflowing.

85.) May the good saints protect you and bless you today, and may troubles ignore you each step of the way

86.) May you have: Walls for the wind, And a roof for the rain, And drinks bedside the fire, Laughter to cheer you, And those you love near you, And all that your heart may desire.

87.) May the blessings of light be upon you, Light without and light within. And in all your comings and goings.

Expressions

88.) May you always have walls for the winds, A roof for the rain, tea beside the fire, Laughter to cheer you, those you love near you, And all your heart might desire.

89.) May you have a love that never ends, Lots of money, and lots of friends Health be yours, whatever you do, and may God send many blessings to you!

90.) For each petal on the shamrock, this brings a wish your way: Good health, good luck, and happiness for today and every day.

91.) May God grant you always, A sunbeam to warm you, A moonbeam to charm you, and a sheltering angel, so nothing can harm you.

Blessings From Ireland

92.) God be on your road every way you go.

93.) God’s fresh blessings be about you.

94.) May the friendships you make, Be those which endure; And all of your grey clouds – Be small ones for sure. And trusting in Him, To Whom we all pray, May a song fill your heart, Every step of the way.

95.) Grant me a sense of humor, Lord, the saving grace to see a joke, to win some happiness from life, and pass it on to other folks.

96.) May you have warm words on a cold evening, a full moon on a dark night, and the road downhill all the way to your door.

Poems From Ireland

97.) May you have: A world of wishes at your command. God and his angels close to hand. Friends and family, their love imparts Irish blessings in your heart!

98.) Bless your little Irish heart and every other Irish part.

99.) May you have the hindsight to know where you’ve been, the foresight to know where you’re going, and the insight to know when you’re going too far.

100.) May your pockets be heavy and your heart be light. May good luck pursue you each morning and night.

Irish Proverbs

101.) As the big hound is, so will the pup be.

102.) A hen is heavy when carried far.

103.) Laughter is brightest where food is best.

104.) It is often that a person’s mouth broke his nose.

Short Irish Proverbs

105.) He who gets a name for early rising can stay in bed until midday.

106.) A lock is better than suspicion.

107.) Broken Irish is better than clever English.

108.) It is a long road that has no turning.

109.) Have a mouth of ivy and a heart of holly.

110.) He’d offer you an egg if you promised not to break the shell.

111.) Distant hills look green.

112.) May your pockets hold always a coin or two.

113.) What butter and whiskey won’t cure, there is no cure for.

114.) May the hinges of our friendship never grow rusty!

Idioms

115.) The older the fiddle, the sweeter the tune.

116.) There are two tellings to every story.

117.) The well-fed do not understand the lean.

118.) It’s no use carrying an umbrella if your shoes are leaking.

119.) It is the quiet pigs that eat the meal.

120.) Let your bargain suit your purpose.

121.) Praise the ripe field, not the green corn.

Good Luck and Fortune

122.) May the saddest day of your future be no worse than the happiest day of your past.

123.) May each day bring you bright, happy hours that stay with you all year long.

124.) Fortune is a good thing, but it’s worth searching for it.

125.) May misfortune follow you for the rest of your life and never catch up.

126.) May neighbors respect you, trouble neglect you, the angels protect you, and heaven accepts you.

127.) One hapless act may undo a man, and one timely one will reestablish him.

128.) Nothing is ever as bad as it seems.

Wise Proverbs

129.) A little fire that warms is better than a big fire that burns.

130.) Never scald your lips with another man’s porridge.

131.) It is better to be a coward for a minute than dead for the rest of your life.

132.) A silent mouth is musical.

133.) The longest road is the shortest road home.

134.) Hope soothes the tired heart.

135.) Face the sun but turn your back to the storm.

136.) A secret is a weapon and a friend.

137.) A little fire that warms is better than a big fire that burns.

138.) There is only one thing worse than being talked about, and that is not being talked about.

Irish Slang

139.) Never scald your lips with another man’s porridge.

140.) Where the tongue slips, it speaks the truth.

141.) What butter and whiskey won’t cure, there is no cure for.

142.) Lie down with dogs, and you’ll rise with fleas.

143.) A quick death and an easy one. A pretty girl and an honest one. A cold pint and another one!

Funny Irish Proverbs and Sayings

144.) May your home never lack the warmth of fire or friends.

145.) May you be afflicted with itching without the benefit of scratching.

146.) May the enemies of Ireland never meet a friend.

147.) Never run after a bus or a woman. There will always be another one along in a few minutes.

148.) A man loves his sweetheart the most, his wife the best, but his mother the longest.

149.) May you be at the gates of heaven an hour before the devil knows you’re dead!

150.) Men are like bagpipes- no sound comes from them until they are full.

Famous Irish Sayings

151) Hindsight is the best insight to foresight.

152.) A misty winter brings a pleasant spring, a pleasant winter a misty spring.

153.) Hunger is good sauce.

154.) A good word never broke a tooth – kindness and good deeds will always be acknowledged and appreciated.

155.) There’s not a wise man without fault – everyone has their faults no matter how perfect they may seem—even you!

155.) Under the shelter of each other, people survive.

Gaelic Sayings

156.) An té a bhíonn siúlach, bíonn scéalach. (He who travels has stories to tell.)

157.) Níor bhris focal maith fiacail riamh. (A good word never broke a tooth.)

158.) Ní neart go cur le chéile. (We are better together.)

159.) An té a luíonn le madaí, éireoidh sé le dearnaid. (He who lies down with dogs comes up with fleas.)

160.) Ar scáth a chéile a mhaireann na daoine. (Under the shelter of each other, people survive)

161.) Ní thuigeann an sách an seang. (The well-fed does not understand the lean.)

162.) Mol an óige agus tiocfaidh sí. (Encourage young people and they will get there.)

163.) Níl saoi gan locht. (There’s not a wise man without fault.)

Good Irish Quotes

164.) We may have bad weather in Ireland, but the sun shines in the hearts of the people and that keeps us all warm.
Marianne Williamson

165.) Everyone’s Irish tonight.
Norman Reedus, The Boondock Saints

166.) Money does not make you happy, but it quiets the nerves.
Sean O’Casey, Playwright

167.) I have my faults, but changing my tune is not one of them.
Samuel Beckett, Playwright

168.) Only Irish coffee provides in a single glass all four essential food groups; alcohol, caffeine, sugar, and fat.
Alex Levine

169.) I give you my love and my luck. Don’t throw either away.
Kelly Moran, Sheer Luck

170.) We survive. We’re Irish. We have the souls of poets. We love our misery; we delight in the beauty of strange places and dark places in our hearts.
Eilis Flynn, Wear Black

171.) Our greatest glory is not in never falling but in rising every time we fall.
Oliver Goldsmith

172.) The Irish way of telling a story is a complex and elaborate one, complete with wild exaggerations, a certain delight in improbable fantasy, and a heightened sense of drama.
Rashers Tierney

173.) St Patrick’s Day is all about being Irish and celebrating life as only the Irish know how.
Anthony T. Hincks

174.) The only sure thing about luck is that it will change.
Wilson Mizner

175.) The best luck of all is the luck you make for yourself.
Douglas McArthur

For more Irish Quotes.

FAQ Irish Sayings

Here are some frequently asked questions about Irish sayings.

What are some popular Irish sayings?

1.) It is often that a person’s mouth broke his nose. 2.) You’ll never plow a field by turning it over in your mind. 3.) A good laugh and a long sleep are the two best cures.

What is used in place of “Cheers” in Ireland?

Sláinte, which is pronounced Slahn-chə, means “good health.”

What does Erin go Bragh mean?

Erin Go Bragh means “Ireland forever” in Gaelic.

By Michael O’Halloran

About Michael O'Halloran

Michael O’Halloran founded Greeting Card Poet in 2014 and has worked as its publisher and editor ever since. He’s the author of Best Sports Slogans and Captions. He has co-authored four books on kids’ trivia and authored four books on coaching. Previously, Michael was the president of Magnetic Poetry. He has invented and brought to market over 75 new gift and toy products — most of them dealing with wordplay.

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