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20 Incredible Irish Proverbs And Sayings That Will Inspire You In 2021

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This is a collection of our 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 into 2021 with you.

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  1. Mura gcuirfidh tú san earrach ní bhainfidh tú san fhómhar. 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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  21.  Experience is the comb that life gives a bald man – A man who has lived long enough to lose his hair will no doubt know a thing or two about life.


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Some bonus Irish proverbs we 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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William Whelan

Wednesday 14th of October 2020

If we hurt ourselves playing my Mom would say "you'll be better before your twice married" - she's fro Dublin, Dad's from Bray.

Adam G Chollet

Thursday 24th of September 2020

I'll see you in the morning, if God's willing and the creek don't rise.


Thursday 19th of March 2020

Looking for a phrase my mom would alway tell me when I said good night can only remember something to do with a creek or a levy


Monday 7th of October 2019

I love Irish proverbs and as I am 100per cent Irish probably helps but I live in Spain and I miss the Irish accent and sayings and most of all my family


Thursday 18th of April 2019

I every tme spent my half an hour to read this website's conteent every day along with a cup of coffee.

Irish Around The World

Tuesday 28th of May 2019

Wow, this is great to hear! Thank you!