Thursday, March 16, 2017

13 Thursday - Irish sayings

Níl leigheas ar an ngrá ach pósadh
There is no cure for love other than marriage

Tuigeann Tadhg Taidhgín.
Big Tadhg understands little Tadhg=Like understands like.

Galar gan náire an tart.
Thirst is a shameless disease. (When you're in need of a drink.)

Níor bhris focal maith fiacail riamh. 
A good word never broke a tooth.

An té is mó a osclaíonn a bhéal is é is lú a osclaíonn a sparán.
The one who opens his mouth the most, it is he who opens his purse the least. (Often used in a pub setting for someone who is talking a lot and not buying their round of drinks- a mortal sin in Ireland!)

Is minic a bhris béal duine a shrón.
Many a time a man's mouth broke his nose. (Your mouth can get you into a lot of trouble.)

Is minic a ghearr teanga duine a scornach.
It is often a person's tongue cut his throat. (What you say can get you into a lot of trouble.)

Ní chaitheann an chaint an t-éadach.
Talk doesn't wear the clothes. (Talk doesn't get the work done.)

Ní scéal rúin é ó tá a fhios ag triúr é.
It is not a secret after three people know it.

Inis do Mháire i gcógar é, is inseoidh Máire dó phóbal é.
Tell it to Mary in a whisper, and Mary will tell it to the parish. (Women like to gossip)

Is teann gach madra gearr i ndoras a thí féin.

Every terrier is bold in the door of its house. (People can be full of brave talk when near home but not so confident when out of their comfort zone)

Ná bíodh do theanga faoi do chrios.

Don't keep your tongue under your belt. (Say what you want to say.)


  1. I like the first one and the one about a good word not breaking a tooth. Here is my favorite Irish quote: “I have never liked working. To me a job is an invasion of privacy.” – Danny McGoorty, Irish pool player

  2. Great list!

    I get the feeling talk is a really big thing in Ireland.

  3. I like the one about the kind words and the non-broken tooth. Happy St. Pat's Day.

  4. I'm with Alice - apparently running off at the mouth is an Irish sort of thing. My mother would certainly agree.


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Camera critters Ashlyn celebrating Cow Day and the dog meets the cat in the priests rectory, and my cat Handsome is 21 today !!

 careful meeting Handsome  has an eating and body condition and needs to be kept unstressed but a pretty good guy at 21 !!