Used: when clinking glasses
Meaning: when referring to an unnamed guy or girl
Sample Sentence: “Did you hear what yer man was saying?”
Sample Sentence: “How are you?” “I’m grand thanks.”
Meaning 1: Fun Meaning 2: Hello
Sample Sentence: “We had the best craic last night.” “What’s the craic?”
Meaning: Thank you
Used when a ‘thanks’ might be in order
Used occasionally to say ‘goodbye’
Meaning: chastise, scold, complain, moan, rant
Sample Sentence: “Don’t be giving out to me – it wasn’t my fault!” “I had your mother in the kitchen giving out about the weather!”
Sample Sentence: “That child is so bold.”
Sample Sentence: “We went to show last night – it was gas!” or ” St Patrick’s Day was gas craic!”
Meaning: Crying hysterically
Sample Sentence: “She hasn’t stopped bawling since we left the house.”
Meaning: when occupants remain inside a pub after closing time and continue drinking. It’s illegal and we don’t encourage this.
Sample Sentence: “There was a lock in the pub last night.”
Sample Sentence: “That lad won’t stop gawking at me.”
Sample Sentence: “That soccer match was brutal.”
Meaning: Bike or car rental
Sample Sentence: “Where is the car hire at the airport?”
Sample Sentence: “Where’s me jumper?”
Sample sentence: The Guards had to redirect traffic.
Meaning: Soft drinks
Used in place of soft drinks.
Meaning: Thin slices of bacon
Sample Sentence: “I’ll have a rasher sandwich”
Meaning: You must be joking
Meaning: Jeer or make fun of someone
Meaning: Throw a tantrum
Meaning: Well done
Translation: Music and fun
Translation: Irish speaking area
Translation: The arse fell out of the sky
Meaning: It rained heavily
Translation: Kiss my arse
Translation: Hurry up
Translation: Good morning!
Translation: Excuse me
Translation: Bless you
The rugged Aran Islands were once important trade centres in ancient Ireland. Today, they are one of Ireland’s cultural holdouts – a living museum where the Gaelic language is still widely spoken.
… so please don’t use these stereotypes!
Now that you know a few Irish sayings, you’re ready for your next trip to Ireland!