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17 Things That Irish People Say Vs What They Really Mean

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Sometimes the things that Irish people say make no sense and sometimes they do.

I just posted this image on our Facebook page and wanted to share it in an article with you.

So that in the event you do meet an Irish person you will understand what they mean.

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Things that Irish people say….. They Mean
Grand Very Good
Grand Good
Grand Okay
Grand Bad
Grand Not Okay
Grand Feeling A Bit Down
Grand Depressed
I will yeah I won’t
We just go out for one? There will be many more than one
I’ll do it now in a minute Good luck getting me to do it
I’ll be there in a minute See you in approx 20 – 30 minutes++
Bye, bye, bye, bye, bye ,bye Goodbye
Tis only a mile down the road Approx 1 mile to 10 miles++
I’ll let you go I am finished speaking with you
Sure look Answer to a question
Your Gas/Gas Craic You are a fun person
Craic is mighty This is great fun


What other things do Irish people say that they really mean? 🙂

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Things that Irish people say versus what they really mean.


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O'Rourke Kiely Siobhan

Tuesday 7th of December 2021

I’m Irish and I never noticed anything wrong. You wrote it as most Irish say it. Don’t worry about Frank he’ll be grand.

Pat Kane

Sunday 15th of March 2020

Top of the morning tomorrow morning to you all.


Friday 14th of June 2019

You're. I don't say it to be mean. Proofreading a piece before publishing it shows that you care about your readers. Everyone makes mistakes.

Don’t ask

Saturday 10th of April 2021

@mystories427, most Irish people I know use your for you’re and been for being. I see what you’re saying, but I view it as a regional way of speaking.


Sunday 10th of March 2019

If you’re going to post an article, at least put in some more of the entertaining phrases and get the grammar or spelling correct. Who’d want to repost an image/crap article with incorrect words in it

Irish Around The World

Sunday 10th of March 2019

Frank, lets be frank here. Your obviously upset about something else. Otherwise you would not take it out on my article. Grammer is important, but so is being nice to other people. By sharing your negative views on everything the only thing you are hurting is yourself. But I do thank you for commenting. Hope you are good.

Bob McKown

Sunday 10th of March 2019

Hey now, don't be giving our secrets away