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20 Of My Favourite Irish Proverbs And Sayings From Ireland

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This is a collection of my personal favourite words of wisdom from old Irish proverbs.

You may have heard some in passing and you may have heard some for the very first time. Either way, there are some great life lessons to take from these Irish proverbs.

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Let’s get started with some of these incredible Irish proverbs:

 20 of my favourite Irish sayings about Ireland

  1. Mura gcuirfidh tú san earrach ní bhainfidh tú san fhómhar. Translation: If you do not sow in the spring, you will not reap in the autumn.
  2. May you live to be a hundred years, with one extra year to repent. May you live to be a hundred years, with one extra year to repent - Irish proverbs
  3. A craftsman’s son may grow up in ignorance of his father’s skills.
  4. Youth does not mind where it sets its foot.
  5. Don’t become broke by trying to look richDon't become broke trying to look rich
  6. The light heart lives long.
    Irish Proverb
  7. The well-fed does not understand the lean.
  8. Better to be fortunate than rich.
    Irish Proverbs
  9. You can’t kiss an Irish girl unexpectedly. You can only kiss her sooner than she thought you would.
  10. Do not take the thatch from your own roof to buy slates for another man’s house.Do not take the thatch from your own roof to buy slates for another man’s house Irish proverbs
  11. There is no use boiling your cabbage twice. 
  12. A tune is more lasting than the song of the birds,

    And a word more lasting than the wealth of the world.

  13. It is as easy to catch a cold in a King’s castle as in a shepherds hut. It is as easy to catch a cold in a King's castle as a shepherds hut best Irish proverbs
  14. Never scald your lips with another man’s porridge.
  15. Lose an hour in the morning and you will be looking for it all day. Lose an hour in the morning and you will be looking for it all day - Irish proverbs

  16. A drink precedes a story. – Irish Proverbs

  17. No matter how many rooms you have in your houseyou’re only able to sleep in one bed.No matter how many rooms you have in your house, you're only able to sleep in one bed Irish proverbs

  18. Men are like bagpipes – no sound comes from them until they are full.
  19. Take the world nice and easy, and the world will take you the same.
  20. It’s a lonely washing that has no man’s shirt in it ~ Irish proverbs

    Irish proverb It’s a lonely washing that has no man’s shirt in it Irish proverb

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Which of the above Irish proverbs is your favourite?

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Some bonus Irish proverbs I also enjoyed:

  • A companion shortens a road.
  • Beauty doesn’t boil the kettle.
  • Sleep is the first sign of recovery.
  • A fat Christmas makes for a tight graveyard.
  • May love and laughter light your days,
    and warm your heart and home.
    May good and faithful friends be yours,
    wherever you may roam.
    May peace and plenty bless your world
    with joy that long endures.
    May all life’s passing seasons
    bring the best to you and yours!
  •  Forgetting a debt doesn’t mean it’s paid.
  • A good word never broke a tooth 
  • Every patient is a doctor after his cure
  • No man ever wore a scarf as warm as his daughter’s arm around his neck.

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Jim Ferris, Palo Alto, California

Saturday 21st of August 2021

My father's favorite toast--

"Here's to you and here's to me I hope we never disagree; but if we do, the hell with you, here's to me."

Kathleen

Saturday 14th of August 2021

I liked proverb #2 but, I especially liked proverb#20 because it is so true. Since my husband died 7 years ago, I have not had a male garment in my laundry. It is sad.

Phil Ellis

Saturday 26th of June 2021

We always enjoy your email. They contain so much wonderful information, humor and pieces of Irish culture!

Irish Around The World

Friday 2nd of July 2021

Thanks Phil! Appreciate it

Joyce Meade

Friday 18th of June 2021

My favorite:

"No matter how many rooms you have in your house, youโ€™re only able to sleep in one bed."

I like this because it shows how ridiculous materialism is.

Irish Around The World

Friday 25th of June 2021

It is so true Joyce!

Janine Mc Donald

Saturday 5th of June 2021

I love your poems thanks keep up the good work

Irish Around The World

Wednesday 9th of June 2021

Thanks Janine :)