Famous Irish Sayings:  Wit and Wisdom for Your Next Irish Occasion!

Sharing famous Irish sayings is a great place to start, when expressing your individual Irish side.  We love to use Irish words of wisdom, humor and devotion in so many different ways!

For example, sayings from Ireland make great wedding blessings, retirement jokes, birthday toasts, party invitations, t-shirts, coffee mugs, wall hangings… you get the idea!

Irish Sayings: Find Out How Much You Already Know!

Take our fun, free quiz to find out how much you already know about some of our favorite Irish sayings...

So - How Did You Do?

A score of 80 or higher is a sign of a well-developed Irish side!

A score of 60-70 is pretty good!  You are probably the life of the party on St Patricks Day!

A score of 0-50 means you should brush up on your knowledge of the Emerald Isle! 

Keep exploring Irish-expressions.com to discover exciting images and facts, and to learn about the many ways to express your Irish side, wherever you happen to be.

Irish Jokes

Irish sayings.  Enjoying a laugh at the pub.

Jokes from Ireland often 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!

Visit 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!'

Irish Limericks

Irish Limerick Poem - Strutting Leprechan

No discussion of famous 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.

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 main section on Irish Limericks 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.

Irish Proverbs

Irish poverbs - the majesty of the Cliffs of Moher...

These famous Irish sayings are usually, less humorous and more thoughtful.

Irish proverbs – like any proverbs – are typically short phrases about life values.

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

Irish Toasts

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.

What do we mean? Find out here. 

If you’re lucky enough to be Irish, you’re lucky enough.

- Anonymous

Irish Quotes

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, we Irish love to make pithy observations about themselves.

Curious? See Irish Quotes.

“We have always found the Irish a bit odd. They refuse to be English.” 

– Winston Churchill

Irish Blessings

Irish Blessings - Celtic Goblets

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? 

Visit our Irish Blessings page here!

Irish Slang

If you are an English speaker, never fear. Most Irishmen and women, and their countrymen around the world, do speak English to some extent.

It is safe to say, however, that many tourists can have an hour-long conversation with a local without truly understanding a single thing.

Trust us, we've been there!

Want More?

Ok… I think you get the idea. Famous 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.

Have a look at these as well!

“There are only two kinds of people in the world.

The Irish, and those who wish they were.”

- author unknown

How to Enjoy Famous Irish Sayings!

Download a printable copy of our Irish Sayings Trivia Quiz!  It's fun, free and it's a great, simple addition to any Irish-themed occasion.  Have a look! 


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What's Next?

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If you have enjoyed our section on famous Irish sayings, you have probably been exposed to some of the best Irish wit and wisdom Emerald Isle has to offer.

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