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Have Fun reading a selection of Irish Phrases from famous Irish People!

Have fun reading our selection of famous funny, witty Irish Phrases and Traditional Irish Triads. The sayings are a great example of the spoken word used by Irish People. We have included a huge selection of Phrases, some witty, some sad, in fact something to suit every occasion.  The Irish are a nation of orators, many Irish people have the "Gift of the Gab" meaning they have the ability to talk non stop! The phrase "You Have Kissed the Blarney Stone" is often used to describe people who talk non stop! We hope you enjoy reading this selection of Phrases and traditional Irish Traids.


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Irish Phrases
A phrase is a group of words that make up a sentence and over the years the Irish have become well known for their amazing gift of constructing some amazing phrases using their natural wit and humor. There are Irish phrases for every occasion, sad or happy! Read through our selection of Irish phrases, something for every occasion. The Irish have an amazing way to describe people, from the liar who is described as being able to "tell lies as fast as a horse would trot" to comparing a chilly day by the following phrase "There's a step-mother's breath in the air". Hundreds of Traditional, Funny, Witty phrases have been included in our section on Irish phrases, you are guaranteed to find something suitable!

Gaelic: "Ní bhíonn airgead amadáin i bhfad ina phóca."
English: "A fool's money is not long in his pocket."
Meaning/Translation: A fool and his money are soon parted.

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Phrase 1 - Cad a dhéanfadh mac a' chait ach luch a mharú?
Phrase 2 - "Is leor don dreoilín a nead"
Phrase 3 - Cuir síoda ar ghabhar agus is gabhar i gcónaí é
Phrase 4 - Dúirt bean liom go ndúirt bean léi
Phrase 5 - Bíonn adharca fada ar na ba thar lear
Phrase 6 - Briseann an dúchais trí shúile an chait
Phrase 7 - Is maith an scéalaí an aimsir
Phrase 8 - Is maith an scáthán súil charad
Phrase 9 - Is minic a bhris béal duine a shrón
Phrase 10 - Ní bhíonn saoi gan locht
Phrase 11 - Ní thuigeann an seach an seang
Phrase 12 - Níl aon tinteán mar do thinteán féin
Phrase 13 - Trína chéile a thógtar na caisleáin
Phrase 14 - Ní hé lá na gaoithe lá na scoilb
Phrase 15 - Ní mar a shíltear a bhítear
Phrase 16 - Níor bhris focal maith fiacail riamh
Phrase 17 - Is iomaí slí muc a mharú seachas a thachtadh le h-im
Phrase 18 - Is iad na muca ciúine a itheann an mhin
Phrase 19 - Is í ding di féin a scoileann an dair
Phrase 20 - Aithníonn ciaróg ciaróg eile

Irish Phrases - The Triads of Ireland
'Trecheng breth Féne' is Gaelic for ‘a triadic arrangement of the sayings of Irishmen’. The Triads of Ireland" are phrases where the compilation is arranged into three. The Triads of Ireland are can be traced back to the ninth century. They are about a variety of topics including nature, geography, law as well as Irish custom and behaviour. Although the triad form did not originate in Ireland, it is very popular in Irish literature and can be very useful as a mnemonic device. A selection of witty, amusing and funny triads have been included. The following is an example of a triad:

"Three locks that lock up secrets: shame, silence, closeness."


Irish Triads

Three signs of a bad man: bitterness, hatred, cowardice.
Three keys that unlock thoughts: drunkenness, trustfulness, love.
Three things that make a wise man foolish: quarrelling, anger, drunkenness.
Three angry sisters: blasphemy, strife, foul-mouthedness.
Three things that are best for a chief: justice, peace, an army.
Three signs of ill-breeding: a long visit, staring, constant questioning.
Three candles that illume every darkness: truth, nature, knowledge.
Three sparks that kindle love: a face, demeanour, speech
Three rejoicings followed by sorrow: a wooer's, a thief's, a tale-bearer's.
Three excellences of dress: elegance, comfort, lastingness.
Three glories of a gathering: a beautiful wife, a good horse, a swift hound.
Three things that are worst for a chief: sloth, treachery, evil counsel.
Three things that ruin wisdom: ignorance, inaccurate knowledge, forgetfulness.
Three nurses of theft: a wood, a cloak, night
Three timid brothers: 'hush!' 'stop!' 'listen!'
Three false sisters: 'perhaps,' 'may be,' 'I dare say.'
Three aged sisters: groaning, chastity, ugliness.
Three youthful sisters: desire, beauty, generosity
Three things that constitute a physician: a complete cure; leaving no blemish behind; a painless examination.
Three nurses of high spirits: pride, wooing, drunkenness.

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Discover the vast selection of Phrases and sayings relating to Celtic people of Ireland. Famous and funny Irish Gaelic Phrases and Triads. The pictures bring to life the different phrases that are associated with this amazing country. A great resource for all ages. Useful as a resource for kids and children of all ages particularly useful for birthday greetings to Irish family members or friends or to use as social networking status updates to make your friends smile!  Perhaps you are researching a phrase to use on St Patricks day or as inspiration for a tattoo design, just click on the link for each Irish phrase to find out more! Enjoy these amusing and educational Irish phrases and triads. We have included pictures and videos to accompany the Irish Phrases section. The videos enable fast access to the images and pictures together with information and lots of examples of different Phrases. Witty, funny and even traditional Phrases including a selection of Irish Triads. All of the articles and pages can be accessed via the about Ireland Index - a great fun resource for everyone!

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