Funny Irish Sayings: Leave the Wit and Wisdom Behind for Now, Let's Have a Laugh!

The spirit behind funny Irish sayings is captured by a quote from Brendan Behan: “It’s not that the Irish are cynical. It’s rather that they have a wonderful lack of respect for everything and everybody.”

Much of Irish humor is delivered with a bite - and with a twinkle in the eye at the same time. And the rest of it is just plain funny!

Let's have a look at some of our favorite Irish sayings ... learn them, love them and share them with others!

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Here it is – the top 10 Funny Irish Sayings as chosen by our visitors (in no particular order). Like one? Let us know!

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The Irish have no idea what they want - and they are ready to fight to the death to get it!

God invented whiskey to prevent the Irish from ruling the world.

The only cure for love is marriage (we're sure they mean that in the nicest possible way…)

Here is to our wives and girlfriends (husbands and boyfriends)! May they never meet!

In heaven there is no beer and this is why we drink here.

We drink and we get drunk. When we get drunk, we fall asleep. When we fall asleep, we commit no sin. We commit no sin and we go to heaven. So let’s all get drunk and go to heaven!

Many times, a man’s mouth has broken his nose.

My mother’s menu consisted of only two items: take it or leave it.

The Irish gave bagpipes to the Scots as a joke. They have yet to get the joke.

If it’s abuse you want, marry. If it’s praise you want, die. (Hey, for the record, I completely disagree with this one – but it did make me laugh!)

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Check out our section on (you guessed it) Irish Sayings, an indispensable part of our beloved Irish culture and traditions.  All of these classic Irish expressions look good on T-shirts, coffee mugs and greeting cards.

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