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One of the best places to start, when expressing your Irish side, is Irish sayings. We love to use Irish words of wisdom, humor and devotion in so many different places and occasions.
For example, sayings from Ireland make great wedding blessings, retirement jokes, birthday toasts, party invitations… you get the idea.
These sayings come in all shapes and sizes. Here we will point you to many different types, and give you great ideas on how to use them.
Jokes from Ireland often follow the same themes as other Irish expressions - they find humor in simple matters, in hardships, and in double meanings.
And like any style, Irish jokes range from ‘ho-hum’ to side-splittingly funny!
We prefer the second type!, and that is the type we will focus on at Irish Expressions.com.
Check out our Irish jokes section here.
O'Gorman jumped up from the card table white with rage
'Stop this game!' he shouted. 'Fitzgerald is cheating!'
'How do you know?' his partners asked with concern.
'He's not playing the hand I dealt him!'
No discussion of Irish Sayings would be complete without talking about the mighty Irish Limerick.
This catchy little poem has a long, proud history. And yet it is so simple to understand and enjoy.
We like to share 'clean' Irish limericks with our children (click here for great limericks for kids).
In fact, they are so easy to write, we have contests in our family to see who can come up with the best Irish limerick.
Visit our section on Irish Limerick Poems for a quick overview of the limerick style, followed by links to hundreds of entertaining examples!
There was a young woman from Stroud,
Whose artistic skills did her proud,
She thought it not rude,
To paint in the nude,
And soon drew a sizeable crowd.
These Irish sayings are usually, but not always, less humorous and more thoughtful.
Irish proverbs – like any proverbs – are typically short phrases about core Irish values and life lessons.
We use them as birthday blessings, ‘teachable moments’ for our kids, and wise words on greeting cards.
Want to see a whole bunch more Irish
proverbs? Check them out here!
A handful of skill is worth a bagful of gold.
- Irish Proverb
Take a pinch of Irish humor, a dash of the Irish gift ‘o the gab, mix them together with the love of Irish spirits, and what do you get?
Aw c’mon that was too easy. You get the most versatile and hilarious form of Irish Sayings – the Irish toast.
As our section on this topics says, you can find Irish toasts for almost any moment.
What on earth do we mean? Find out here.
If you’re lucky enough to be Irish, you’re lucky enough.
For some reason, people who are not Irish love to make catchy comments about the Irish.
Many of these have ‘stuck,’ in part because … well… they are true.
Not to be outdone, the Irish love to make pithy observations about themselves.
This witty, funny, sometimes cynical self-awareness is part of what makes Irish humor so appealing.
Want to know more? Have a look at our section on Irish Quotes.
“We have always found the Irish a bit odd. They refuse to be English.”
– Winston Churchill
Sharing Irish blessings is one of the easiest and most memorable ways to express our Irish sides!
Whether truth or legend, the Irish are known for the 'gift of gab,' and for expressing ourselves beautifully through the written or spoken word.
Want to learn a few Irish blessings, and add them to your repertoire of Irish expressions?
Ok… I think you get the idea. Irish Sayings are a staple of Irish culture, and a great way to express your Irish side.
There are many, many more kinds of sayings that we did not cover here, but you will find them on other sections of our site.
If you are going for the laugh, take a look at Funny Irish Sayings...
Learn some important Irish Phrases, to prepare you for a visit to the Emerald Isle, or simply to impress your friends and mates on your next Irish pub crawl.
Brush up on your Irish Slang here – and draw a confused stare or a friendly laugh depending on who you are with!
And to be considered a true expert on Irish sayings, you have to know the most famous ones...
Finally, check out Irish craic to master a very important form of Irish expression.
“There are only two kinds of people in the world. The Irish, and those who wish they were.”
- author unknown
Download our Irish Sayings Trivia Quiz! It's free and it's a great, simple addition to any Irish-themed occasion. Have a look!
The wit and wisdom of Irish Sayings can be found throughout Irish culture. Using them in your day to day life is a wonderful way to express your Irish side.
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