Friday, April 21, 2017

20 Witty Irish Sayings to Warm (or Chill) Your Heart

Irish Blessings, Curses, & Wisdom

 

In honor of the upcoming June 2017 release of my novel The Gold-Son (which features Irish characters, lore, and settings), I offer you a collection of Irish sayings—some sweet, some humorous, and a few downright nasty (things an ornery leprechaun might say!). Enjoy!  

 

 Wisdom & Good Wishes

1. May the hinges of our friendship never grow rusty.
2. Enough is as good as a feast.
3. There's no need to fear the wind if your haystacks are tied down.
4. God is good, but never dance in a small boat.
5. It's no use carrying an umbrella if your shoes are leaking.
6. A trout in the pot is better than a salmon in the sea.
7. May the frost never afflict your spuds. May the outside leaves of your cabbage always be free from worms. May the crow never pick your haystack, and may your donkey always be in foal.
8. May I see you old and grey and combing out your grandchildren's hair.
9. May the grass grow long on the road to hell for want of use
10. May the rocks in your field turn to gold.


Cruelty & Curses

"May the cat eat you and the devil eat the cat."

1. She has a tongue that would clip a hedge.
2. May you melt off the earth like snow off the ditch. 
3. May the seven terriers of hell sit on the spool of your breast and bark in at your soul-case.  
4. The treatment of the boiled, broken, little fish to you!   
5. The devil swallow him sideways!  
6. Dysentery on you!   
7. Six eggs to you, and half a dozen of them rotten!
8. May you not see the cuckoo nor the corncrake. 
9. The devil go with you and sixpence, then you'll want neither money nor company.
10. The death of the kittens to you!  


 Have any Irish sayings to add? Post them below in the comments--but please keep it clean for the kiddies & grannies!

Beir bua agus beannacht,*

Carrie 


*Take victory & blessings!


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    And may those that don't love us twist their ankles, so we'll know them by their limping.

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