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100 Best Irish Sayings For St Patrick’s Day | Irish Blessings And Proverbs

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Irish sayings and proverbs go back hundreds if not thousands of years.

The wisdom that has been passed on is still just as relevant in 2021 as it was when these Irish sayings were first thought up.

One of my favourite from this list of Irish quotes and sayings:

A best friend is like a four-leaf clover: hard to find and lucky to have.

Today I am going to break down some 100+ of the most beautiful Irish sayings which I am sure you will love. From 80 – 90, I felt it would be best to include St Patrick’s day relevant Irish quotes and sayings. 

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Top 100 Irish Sayings & Proverbs You Will Love:

St Patrick's day Irish sayings

  1. May the road rise up to meet you.
  2. Don’t be breaking your shin on a stool that’s not in your way.
  3. May you get all your wishes but one, so that you will always have something to strive for!
  4. For each petal on the shamrock, this brings a wish your way: Good health, good luck, and happiness for today and every day.” —Irish blessing
  5. You’ve got to do your own growing, no matter how tall your grandfather was
  6. Who keeps his tongue keeps his friends.
  7. May your home always be too small to hold all your friends.

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

  8. May the cat eat you, and may the devil eat the cat.
  9. There’s no need to fear the wind if your haystacks are tied down.
  10. May your heart be light and happy, may your smile be big and wide, and may your pockets always have a coin or two inside!
  11. Every man is sociable until a cow invades his garden.

  12. May you live as long as you want, and never want as long as you live.
  13. May you only grow old in the face. Be treasured and cared for with grace. Lovely Irish blessingMay you only grow old in the face. Be treasured and cared for with grace. Lovely Irish blessing - Irish Sayings
  14. May you have the hindsight to know where you’ve been, the foresight to know where you are going, and the insight to know when you have gone too far.
  15. Irish sayings an old Irish proverb.

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  16. Tis better to spend money like there’s no tomorrow than to spend tonight like there’s no money!
  17. May the saddest day of your future be no worse than the happiest day of your past.
  18. Grandchildren are gifts of God. It is God’s way of compensating us for growing old ~ Irish Sayings
  19. A kind word never broke anyone’s mouth.
  20. A man loves his sweetheart the most, his wife the best, but his mother the longest.
  21. May the roof above you never fall in and those gathered beneath it never fall out.
  22. A good laugh and a long sleep are the two best cures.
  23. He is bad that will not take advice, but he is a thousand times worse that takes every advice. —Irish proverb
  24. A little fire that warms is better than a big fire that burns.
  25. You’ll never plough a field by turning it over in your mind.
  26. May the hinges of our friendship never grow rusty!
  27. Never scald your lips with another man’s porridge.

  28. There is only one thing worse than being talked about, and that is not being talked about.
  29. What butter and whiskey won’t cure, there is no cure for – Irish saying

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

  30. It is often that a person’s mouth broke his nose.
  31. May your heart be light and happy, may your smile be big and wide, and may your pockets always have a coin or two inside!
  32. Lie down with dogs and you’ll rise with fleas.
  33. Always remember that hindsight is the best insight to foresight.
  34. The older the fiddle the sweeter the tune.
  35. May misfortune follow you the rest of your life, and never catch up.
  36.  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.

  37. Men are like bagpipes – no sound comes from them until they are full.
  38. Life is like a cup of tea, it’s all in how you make it! Irish Saying 
  39. A family of Irish birth will argue and fight, but let a shout come from without, and see them all unite.
  40. Ireland is a land of poets and legends, of dreamers and rebels.” –Nora Roberts
  41. No matter how many rooms you have in your house, you're only able to sleep in one bed Irish proverbs
  42. If you buy what you don’t need you might have to sell what you do.
  43. May misfortune follow you the rest of your life, and never catch up.
  44. All the world’s a stage and most of us are desperately unrehearsed.
  45. It’s easy to halve the potato where there’s love.
  46. Here’s to me, and here’s to you. And here’s to love and laughter. I’ll be true as long as you. And not one moment after.
  47. Here’s to you and here’s to me, I pray that friends we’ll always be, but if by chance we disagree, the heck with you and here’s to me.” –Irish Toast
  48. May you be at the gates of heaven an hour before the devil knows you’re dead!
  49. If your messenger is slow, go to meet him.
  50. A best friend is like a four-leaf clover: hard to find and lucky to have.A best friend is like a four-leaf clover hard to find and lucky to have Irish sayings for St Patrick's day
  51. If it’s drowning you’re after, don’t torment yourself with shallow water.
  52. May your thoughts be as glad as the shamrocks. May your heart be as light as a song. May each day bring you bright, happy hours that stay with you all year long.
  53. A man’s got to do, what a mans got to do. Women must do what he can’t
  54. The best things in life are the people we love, the places we have been and the memories we have made along the way.
  55. Do not resent growing old. Many are denied the privilege.Do not resent growing old, many are denied the privilege - irish proverb

  56. Here’s to eyes in your heads and none in your spuds.
  57. An Irish blessing about Ireland

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  58. Forgetting a debt doesn’t mean it’s paid.
  59. I complained that I had no shoes until I met a man who had no feet.
  60. Beautiful young people are acts of nature but beautiful old people are works of art.
  61. Two people shorten the road.
  62. A face without freckles is like a sky without stars

  63. A misty winter brings a pleasant spring, a pleasant winter a misty spring.
  64. If he went to a wedding, he’d wait for the christening.
  65. He who has water and peat on his own farm has the world his own way.
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  67. A cabin with plenty of food is better than a hungry castle
  68. Beware of the anger of a patient man

  69. It is better to be a coward for a minute than dead for the rest of your life.
  70. Wisdom is the comb given to a man after he has lost his hair.
  71. It’s better to pay the butcher than the doctor
  72. God is good but never dance in a small boat.
  73. God made time, but man made haste.
  74. A little fire that warms is better than a big fire that burns.
  75. The old person is a child twice.
  76. Although wisdom is good in the beginning, it is better at the end.
  77. However long the day, the evening will come – Irish Sayings

  78. Don’t fear an ill wind if your haystacks are tied down
  79. A friend’s eye is a good mirror
  80. The cat is always dignified until the dog comes by – Irish saying
  81. The man who has luck in the morning has luck in the afternoon.
  82. The only sure thing about luck is that it will change.~Wilson Mizner
  83. The one thing us Irish have is the ability to laugh at ourselves. God bless us all. –Ann Kennedy
  84. For the whole world is Irish on the Seventeenth o’ March! –Thomas Augustine DalyFor the whole world is Irish on the seventeenth o’ March! –Thomas Augustine Daly St Patricks day
  85. The leprechauns made me do it! – Unknown
  86. Every St. Patrick’s Day every Irishman goes out to find another Irishman to make a speech to. –Shane Leslie
  87. St. Patrick’s Day is an enchanted time a day to begin transforming winter’s dreams into summer’s magic. – Adrienne Cook

  88. You can take a man of Ireland, but you can’t take out the Irishness of the man. – Tyson Fury
  89. The best luck of all is the luck you make for yourself. – Douglas McArthur
  90. Oh March 17th, the day where the whole world is Irish for 24 hours. – Stephen Palmer
  91. Being Irish is very much a part of who I am. I take it everywhere with me. –
    Colin Farrell
     
  92. Yeah, it’s St. Paddy’s Day. Everyone’s Irish tonight. – Norman Reedus, ‘The Boondock Saints’
  93. 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
  94. Here’s to a fellow who smiles when life runs along like a song. And here’s to the lad who can smile when everything goes dead wrong. Irish Saying
  95. Through the storms of life may the only thing brewing be your coffee – Irish sayings 
  96. There is no luck except where there is discipline – Irish Proverb 
  97. There is luck in leisure.—Irish proverb
  98. When people don’t believe in you, you have to believe in yourself.  —Pierce Brosnan
  99. “Ireland has one of the world’s heaviest rainfalls. If you see an Irishman with a tan, it’s rust.” —Dave Allen 
  100. “May peace and plenty be the first to lift the latch to your door, and happiness be your guest today and evermore.” —Irish blessing

Which of these Irish sayings is your favourite?

Hard to decide, so many have such great meaning. Be sure to share these Irish sayings with friends, enemies and all those that need them.

If you enjoyed Irish sayings then you will love my post on top 10 Irish blessings here. 

If you are still after a few more Irish sayings then this post on Irish sayings about love will melt your heart. The article also includes Irish toasts. 

You can also enjoy this short video I made of Irish proverbs.

I also enjoyed this Irish proverb, you can click on it to share on your Pinterest board:

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Thanks for reading,

Stephen

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Patricia Attwood

Friday 5th of March 2021

Goog Morning Love all the Irish quotes Thank you for sharing this . Happy St Patrick Day

Irish Around The World

Friday 5th of March 2021

And happy St Patrick's day to you too! :)

Caren Eubanks

Thursday 29th of August 2019

The Mists of Avalon is a novel I am listening to on Amazon audible right now about Merlin. Listen to it and enjoy. The first book is free and it's all about early Irish historical drama. Very good!!:-) you will learn a lot and most of it is true and it is fun and enjoyable to read.

Margaret

Friday 16th of November 2018

Love Irish around the world

Irish Around The World

Monday 28th of January 2019

Thanks so much :D