st patrick’s day away messages – Ná bíodh do theanga faoi do chrios.
Don’t keep your tongue under your belt. (Say what you want to say.)
Beagán a rá agus é a rá go maith.
Say little but say it well.
An té is mó a osclaíonn a bhéal is é is lú a osclaíonn a sparán.
The one who opens his mouth the most, it is he who opens his purse the least. (Often used in a pub setting for someone who is talking a lot and not buying their round of drinks- a mortal sin in Ireland!)
st patrick’s day away messages
Mórán cainte ar bheagán cúise.
Much talk with little reason.
Is binn béal ina thost.
A silent mouth is sweet.
Níl aon tóin tinn mar do thóin tinn féin.
There’s no sore ass like your own sore ass. (This funny saying is really a word play on the famous irish saying ‘Níl aon tinteán mar do thinteán féin.’ which means ‘There’s no place like home.”)
Muna bhfuil agat ach pocán gabhair, bí i lár an aonaigh leis.
If you only have a buck-goat, be in the middle of the fair with it. (Whatever talents/assets you have, use them)
Ná feic a bhfeicir, Is ná clois a gcloisir
Is má fiafraítear díot, Abair ná feadrais
Don’t see what you see, Don’t hear what you hear
And if you’re asked, Say you don’t know
(means ‘Whatever you say, say nothing!’)
Is minic a bheir dall ar ghiorria
It is often a blind person caught a hare (If something’s bragging about something, this is a funny Irish saying or put down along the lines of ‘So what’s the big deal?)
Is fearr marcaíocht ar ghabhair ná siúlóid, dá fheabhas
A ride, even on a goat, is better by far than having to walk.
An té nach bhfuil láidir, ní foláir dó bheith in ann rith go tapa.
He who’s not strong, has to be able to run well (Really a play on the other famous Irish saying ‘An té nach bhfuil láidir, ní foláir dó bheith glic.’ which means ‘He who is not strong, must be clever/cunning’)
An tae nach bhfuil láidir, ní foláir dó bheith te.
The tea which is not strong, has to be hot (No great meaning here just another humorous wordplay on the saying ‘An té nach bhfuil láidir, ní foláir dó bheith glic.’ -see above)
Is trom an t-ualach an leisce
Laziness is a heavy burden (used when you don’t feel like doing anything)
Níor bhris focal maith fiacail riamh.
A good word never broke a tooth.
An t-uan ag múineadh méilí dá mháthair.
The lamb teaching its mother how to bleat (A put down for an uppity child or a bullied parent)
Go gcoinní Dia i mbois a láimhe thú, agus nár dhúna sé a dhorn go teann choíche.
May the Lord keep you in his hand and never close his fist too tight.
An té a dtéann teist na mochóirí amach air ní cás dó codladh go headra.
The person who gains the reputation of getting up early can sleep late.
Ar mhaithe leis féin a níos an cat crónán.
The cat purrs to please itself.
Galar gan náire an tart.
Thirst is a shameless disease. (When you’re in need of a drink.)
Is fearr a bheith díomhaoin ná droch-ghnóthach.
Better to be idle than up to no good (When apologizing for doing nothing)
Is geal leis an bhfiach dubh a ghearrcach féin.
The black raven thinks its own offspring is bright. (Often a put down for a woman bragging about her children)
Ná nocht d’fhiacla go bhféadair an greim do bhreith.
Don’t bare your teeth until you can bite. (Don’t threaten if you can’t follow through.)
Is maith an t-iománaí an té a bhíonn ar an gclaí.
The hurler on the ditch is a great fellow. ( A put-down for the armchair expert)
Nuair a bheidh do lámh i mbéal na con tarraing go réidh í.
When your hand is in the hound’s mouth withdraw it gently. (Be careful when dealing with somebody powerful)
Baineann an druncaeir an díon dá thigh féin agus cuireann ar thigh an tábhairne é.
The drunkard takes the roof from his own house and puts it on the publican’s house.(The drunk ends up giving everything to the pub owner.)
Tuigeann Tadhg Taidhgín.
Big Tadhg understands little Tadhg=Like understands like.
Go n-ithe an cat thú is go n-ithe an diabhal an cat.
May the cat eat you and the devil eat the cat. (More of a curse than anything)
Seachain tigh an tabhairne nó is bairnigh is beatha duit
Beware of the drinking house or you’ll be living on barnacles. (If you spend all the time in the pub, you will be penniless)
Na ceithre rud is measa amú;
ceann tinn, béal seirbh, intinn bhuartha, agus poca folamh.
The four least useful things;
a headache, a bitter mouth, a worried mind, and an empty pocket
The Irish are very fair people; they never speak well for one another.
As you slide down the banister of life, may the splinters never point in the wrong direction.
Only Irish coffee provides all main essential food groups: alcohol, caffeine, sugar, and fat.