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Best Irish Saying Ya have

GUEST 18 Nov 02 - 10:07 PM
mike the knife 18 Nov 02 - 10:42 PM
Coyote Breath 19 Nov 02 - 01:53 AM
alanabit 19 Nov 02 - 03:38 AM
daithi 19 Nov 02 - 04:39 AM
Declan 19 Nov 02 - 05:45 AM
fogie 19 Nov 02 - 05:50 AM
greg stephens 19 Nov 02 - 08:55 AM
mooman 19 Nov 02 - 10:27 AM
Murph10566 19 Nov 02 - 10:31 AM
GUEST,Geordie 19 Nov 02 - 10:55 AM
GUEST,MC Fat 19 Nov 02 - 11:09 AM
Barbara 19 Nov 02 - 01:56 PM
David Ingerson 19 Nov 02 - 02:06 PM
Big Mick 19 Nov 02 - 02:43 PM
GUEST,Ron 19 Nov 02 - 02:52 PM
MudGuard 19 Nov 02 - 02:57 PM
GUEST 19 Nov 02 - 03:13 PM
T-Mac 19 Nov 02 - 03:26 PM
Mrrzy 19 Nov 02 - 03:55 PM
Matthias 19 Nov 02 - 03:57 PM
kendall 19 Nov 02 - 05:07 PM
boglion 19 Nov 02 - 05:24 PM
Morticia 19 Nov 02 - 05:52 PM
Cllr 19 Nov 02 - 05:57 PM
Julia 19 Nov 02 - 07:37 PM
GUEST,guest 19 Nov 02 - 08:17 PM
GUEST,sorefingers 19 Nov 02 - 09:12 PM
GUEST,Q 19 Nov 02 - 09:26 PM
GUEST,.gargoyle 19 Nov 02 - 10:30 PM
Sorcha 19 Nov 02 - 10:35 PM
aussiebloke 19 Nov 02 - 11:37 PM
CapriUni 19 Nov 02 - 11:41 PM
Seamus Kennedy 20 Nov 02 - 12:48 AM
GUEST,Parthenon 20 Nov 02 - 05:57 AM
CapriUni 21 Nov 02 - 12:04 AM
GUEST 21 Nov 02 - 03:20 PM
Allan Dennehy 21 Nov 02 - 09:27 PM
Bert 22 Nov 02 - 12:02 AM
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Subject: Best Irish/Newfie Saying Ya have
From: GUEST
Date: 18 Nov 02 - 10:07 PM

Long may your big jib draw


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Subject: RE: Best Irish Saying Ya have
From: mike the knife
Date: 18 Nov 02 - 10:42 PM

Let's drink to your coffin.
May it be made of the wood of a 100-year-old oak.
And may ye plant the tree tomorrow.


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Subject: RE: Best Irish Saying Ya have
From: Coyote Breath
Date: 19 Nov 02 - 01:53 AM

May ye be a long time in heaven before the Devil misses you!

CB


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Subject: RE: Best Irish Saying Ya have
From: alanabit
Date: 19 Nov 02 - 03:38 AM

When the good Lord made time, he made plenty of it.


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Subject: RE: Best Irish Saying Ya have
From: daithi
Date: 19 Nov 02 - 04:39 AM

My father used the following, called An Irishman's toast to an Englishman"
" Here's to you, as good as you are; and here's to me, as bad as I am. But as good as you are, and as bad as I am - I'm as good as you are as bad as I am"
Adh mor! Daithi


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Subject: RE: Best Irish Saying Ya have
From: Declan
Date: 19 Nov 02 - 05:45 AM

This is a bit of a Gaelic tongue twister

Na bac le mac an bhacaigh is ni bhacfaidh mac an bhacaigh leat.

Pronounced :
Naw bock leh mock an wockie iss knee bockie mock on vockie lath

Don't trouble trouble and trouble will not trouble you.

Bacach is literally the lame man or the beggar. Mac an bhacaigh is the beggar's son.

or try

Sliocht sleachta ar shliocht bhur shleachta (basically may your family live for many generations) - don't try this one at home, at least not with drink taken.


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Subject: RE: Best Irish Saying Ya have
From: fogie
Date: 19 Nov 02 - 05:50 AM

Driving round the roads of the Vale of Avoca, when I was about 12- not me driving you understand- my dad asked the way to the meeting of the waters, and the chap we asked said " well now if I were you I wouldnt have started from here" I'm sure I really do remember it.


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Subject: RE: Best Irish Saying Ya have
From: greg stephens
Date: 19 Nov 02 - 08:55 AM


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Subject: RE: Best Irish Saying Ya have
From: mooman
Date: 19 Nov 02 - 10:27 AM

"That's a fine suit of clothes ye have on an' is it yerself that's in it?"

moo


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Subject: RE: Best Irish Saying Ya have
From: Murph10566
Date: 19 Nov 02 - 10:31 AM

Not the Best, but not bad:

'Tis not how deep ye plough the field,
But how long ye stay in the furrow.


M.


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Subject: RE: Best Irish Saying Ya have
From: GUEST,Geordie
Date: 19 Nov 02 - 10:55 AM

My father constantly used the expression."what Paddy shot at". The context was ..what did you get..What Paddy shot at...meaning nothing. Has anyone else ever heard this expression. I have always been curious as to its' origins.


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Subject: RE: Best Irish Saying Ya have
From: GUEST,MC Fat
Date: 19 Nov 02 - 11:09 AM

The wee Irish lassie at Matt Molloys who said 'She got really polluted last night'


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Subject: RE: Best Irish Saying Ya have
From: Barbara
Date: 19 Nov 02 - 01:56 PM

I don't know if it's really Irish, but I always liked how the SF writer Ray Bradbury has one of his characters reply to an offensive tourist:
Tourist: "The top of the morning to you"
Surly native: "The backside of somethin'er other ta you"
Blessings,
Barbara


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Subject: RE: Best Irish Saying Ya have
From: David Ingerson
Date: 19 Nov 02 - 02:06 PM

Here's one that helps keep me on an even keel when I'm feeling . . . well, scattered: Castles are built from scattered stones.

David


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Subject: RE: Best Irish Saying Ya have
From: Big Mick
Date: 19 Nov 02 - 02:43 PM

Is maith an t-anlann an t-ocras
(Iss moih an tannlann un tukrass)
Hunger is good sauce

i dtír na ndall is rí fear na leathshúile
(i jeer ne nall iss ree far na lyah-hoola)
in the land of the blind, the one eyed man is king.

Reading this thread makes me wish we still had Annraoi around. He would have many of these. God be good to him.

Mick


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Subject: RE: Best Irish Saying Ya have
From: GUEST,Ron
Date: 19 Nov 02 - 02:52 PM

No body looks at the mantle while they are tending the fire


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Subject: RE: Best Irish Saying Ya have
From: MudGuard
Date: 19 Nov 02 - 02:57 PM

Slainté
;-) ;-) ;-)


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Subject: RE: Best Irish Saying Ya have
From: GUEST
Date: 19 Nov 02 - 03:13 PM

"Sweet sufferin' mother of Fuck!"

(Apparently, it's more offensive to take the Lord's name in vain than to say "Fuck...")


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Subject: RE: Best Irish Saying Ya have
From: T-Mac
Date: 19 Nov 02 - 03:26 PM

Often wrong. Never in doubt.


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Subject: RE: Best Irish Saying Ya have
From: Mrrzy
Date: 19 Nov 02 - 03:55 PM

Big Mick's are both French, too...

My favorite was a toast I saw somewhere on a plank
"May all your foes be your friends, and if they aren't your friends, may God turn their hearts, and if He don't turn their hearts, may He turn their ankles, so you'll know them by their limping."


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Subject: RE: Best Irish Saying Ya have
From: Matthias
Date: 19 Nov 02 - 03:57 PM

Prepared for anythin', ready for nothin'


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Subject: RE: Best Irish Saying Ya have
From: kendall
Date: 19 Nov 02 - 05:07 PM

I'd rather die on my feet than live on my knees.


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Subject: RE: Best Irish Saying Ya have
From: boglion
Date: 19 Nov 02 - 05:24 PM

"Is minic a bris beal duin a sron"

A person's mouth often broke his nose!!


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Subject: RE: Best Irish Saying Ya have
From: Morticia
Date: 19 Nov 02 - 05:52 PM

I always liked "He's enough to give an aspirin a headache"....and my grandma always said of, well, me usually,"She was vaccinated with a gramaphone needle".I must know loads of them but because they are part of everyday conversation, it's hard to call them to mind.


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Subject: RE: Best Irish Saying Ya have
From: Cllr
Date: 19 Nov 02 - 05:57 PM

"May the road rise before you and the wind be at your back"

or " before I disagree with a man I like to walk a mile in his shoes.
that way, if he gets angry, he is a mile away and barefoot" OK the last one isn't traditional irish but I like it.Cllr


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Subject: RE: Best Irish Saying Ya have
From: Julia
Date: 19 Nov 02 - 07:37 PM

We're none o' us gettin' oot o' this alive! (referring to life in general)


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Subject: RE: Best Irish Saying Ya have
From: GUEST,guest
Date: 19 Nov 02 - 08:17 PM

better looking at it than looking for it


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Subject: RE: Best Irish Saying Ya have
From: GUEST,sorefingers
Date: 19 Nov 02 - 09:12 PM

From an Irish Flute player many years ago; about age "May you never die till the skin of a gooseberry makes a nightcap for ye"
:and - "May you never die till I kill ye".

Breaks me to bits even now .... and this guy could pulay as well.. even if nobody in those days had the slightest idea what Irish Trad was, but they sure liked to kick the floor to it.


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Subject: RE: Best Irish Saying Ya have
From: GUEST,Q
Date: 19 Nov 02 - 09:26 PM

We'll all be touching wood soon enough.


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Subject: RE: Best Irish Saying Ya have
From: GUEST,.gargoyle
Date: 19 Nov 02 - 10:30 PM

Expression of drunk Americans as they pledge to the IRA.

Ya Err if ya go bra-less - on St. Paddy's Day.

Sincerely,
Gargoyle


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Subject: RE: Best Irish Saying Ya have
From: Sorcha
Date: 19 Nov 02 - 10:35 PM

Mrzzy, I have it as:
May those that love us, love us
May those that don't love us
May God turn their ankles
So that we know them by their limping.


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Subject: RE: Best Irish Saying Ya have
From: aussiebloke
Date: 19 Nov 02 - 11:37 PM

Peering into coffin at a wake:

"Doesn't he look like himself"

cheers

aussiebloke


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Subject: RE: Best Irish Saying Ya have
From: CapriUni
Date: 19 Nov 02 - 11:41 PM

Here is an online archive of Irish proverbs which also has downloadable .wavs of native speakers saying them, for those of us who don't know Irish by sight.

It was on that page that I found this saying:

Is maith an scáthán súil charad.
A friend's eye is a good mirror.


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Subject: RE: Best Irish Saying Ya have
From: Seamus Kennedy
Date: 20 Nov 02 - 12:48 AM

May the wind at your back always be your own.

Seamus


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Subject: RE: Best Irish Saying Ya have
From: GUEST,Parthenon
Date: 20 Nov 02 - 05:57 AM

Working in Ireland about 20 years ago I hears the expression "Yer man has a neck like a jockey's bollocks" use in a meeting.

Checking up later I discovered that it meant he wqs "thick-skinned"


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Subject: RE: Best Irish Saying Ya have
From: CapriUni
Date: 21 Nov 02 - 12:04 AM

"Yer man has a neck like a jockey's bollocks"

Ouch!! LoL...

This reminds me of (not an Irish saying -- that I know of -- but anyway):

"If the world made sense, men would ride sidesaddle." ;-)


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Subject: RE: Best Irish Saying Ya have
From: GUEST
Date: 21 Nov 02 - 03:20 PM

WHAT SHALL I SAY ABOUT THE IRISH??

THE UTTERLY IMPRACTICAL,NEVER PREDICTABLE,SOMETIMES IRASCIBLE,QUITE INEXPLICABLE,IRISH. STRANGE BLEND OF SHYNESS,PRIDE,AND CONCEIT,AND STUBBORN REFUSAL TO BOW IN DEFEAT. HE'S SPOILING AND READY TO ARGUE AND FIGHT,YET THE SMILE OF A CHILD FILLS HIS SOUL WITH DELIGHT. HIS EYES ARE THE QUICKEST TO WELL UP WITH TEARS,YET HIS STRENGTH IS THE STRONGEST TO BANISH YOUR FEARS. HIS HATE IS AS FIERCE AS HIS DEVOTION IS GRAND, AND THERE IS NO MIDDLE GROUND ON WHICH HE WILL STAND. HE'S WILD,AND HE'S HUMBLE,HE'S HAPPY AND SAD.HE'S IN LOVE WITH THE OCEAN, THE EARTH,AND THE SKIES,HE'S ENAMOURED WITH BEAUTY WHEREVER IT LIES. HE'S VICTOR AND VICTIM,A STAR AND A CLOD,BUT MOST OF ALL HE'S IRISH,
IN LOVE WITH HIS GOD!!
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ST.PATRICK WAS A GENTLEMAN, WHO THROUGH STRATEGY AND STEALTH, DROVE ALL THE SNAKES OUT OF IRELAND,HERE'S A TOAST TO HIS HEALTH-BUT NOT TO MANY TOASTINGS OR YOU WILL LOSE YOURSELF AND FORGET THE GOOD ST.PATRICK-AND SEE ALL THOSE SNAKES AGAIN!!
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MAY GOD GIVE YOU MANY YEARS TO LIVE, FOR SURE HE MUST BE KNOWING, THE EARTH HAS ANGELS ALL TO FEW AND HEAVEN TO OVERFLOWING!!!!
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IN PRAISE OF STRONG WHISKEY-"IT FELT LIKE A TORCHLIGHT PROCESSION GOING DOWN MY THROAT!!!
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DO NOT STAND AT MY GRAVE AND WEEP-I AM NOT THERE...I DO NOT SLEEP.
I AM THE THOUSAND WINDS THAT BLOW...
I AM THE DIAMOND GLINTS ON SNOW...
I AM THE SUNLIGHT ON RIPENED GRAIN...
I AM THE GENTLE AUTUMN RAIN...
WHEN YOU WAKEN IN THE MORNING'S HUSH, I AM THE SWIFT UPLIFTING RUSH OF THE GENTLE BIRD'S CICLING FLIGHT...
I AM THE SOFT STAR THAT SHINES AT NIGHT...
DO NOT STAND AT MY GRAVE AND CRY-
I AM NOT THERE...I DID NOT DIE...

GOD BLESS ALL!!-
LOVE-WILD IRISH ROSE


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Subject: RE: Best Irish Saying Ya have
From: Allan Dennehy
Date: 21 Nov 02 - 09:27 PM

Just a second, I'll be with ya in a minute.

and

Good man lads!


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Subject: RE: Best Irish Saying Ya have
From: Bert
Date: 22 Nov 02 - 12:02 AM

Sure, I'd walk a mile over broken glass in me bare feet for just one smack of her lips.


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Subject: RE: Best Irish Saying Ya have
From: The Pooka
Date: 22 Nov 02 - 09:22 AM

Warning: Going to stretch the Category to the breaking point, here. (But, why change now? :) -

Definitional: Irish diplomacy: the ability to tell a man to go to Hell in such a way that he enjoys the trip.

Geographic: County Mayo, God help us.

Family -
Ecclesiastical: "There's no delayin' the priesht!" - my grandmother McNamara, setting off for Sunday Mass in a blizzard.
Responsorial: "Balls to you, Mrs. Murphy." - grandfather McN.
Haberdashiell: "I had a Hat when I came in and by God I'll have a Hat when I go out." - no idea derivation nor deep meaning, but always liked it.

Literary: "The seals are great family people, always were." - Myles na gCopaleen

Folkmusical:
   "And I sang like the lark in the morning"
   "Oh God bless England is our prayer"


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