The following is a compiled list of 26 common Irish sayings with their translations below. You may find these useful to save confusion & hassle when crossing paths with an Irish person.
1. Your “oul fella” and your “oul wan”
These refer to your father and your mother and is used commonly all over Ireland.
If you’re called this, you are in fact being called sly!
3. Acting the maggot
If you’re acting the maggot, you’re up to no good and doing some sort of messing.
Your very drunk and way past the stage of a few sociable drinks
5. Happy Out
Your content in your current surroundings
6. Awful good
Awful can also mean very, the weather was awful good, meaning the weather was very good.
Comes from the word queer, but is also another replacement for the word very
8. Donkeys Years
Refers to a lot of years, the person most likely doesn’t know the amount of years.
9. Any Use?
Was it good?
10. The Jacks
If you’re going to the jacks, you’re going to the bathroom.
If something is done the wrong way its done arseways
12. Go way outta that
If this is the reply you get the person doesn’t believe what you just said or is refusing an offer
13 A whale of a time
You had a really good time
14 “Sure look it”
Commonly used and fits in after any sentence, we’ll carry on, get on with things
15 “Sure Listen”
Similar to above, not actually meaning listen to me
An expression from the country that fits before your name if they don’t believe you, are disappointed, surprised and just about any other feeling
17. Its grand
Its fine, does the job.
18 Craic was 90
The fun and atmosphere was excellent
19 I will yeah
Said when the person has no intention on doing what you just asked them to do
20 A bag of tayto
A packet of crisps
22. I’m knackered
Your exhausted, very tired
23. Great drying out
Weather is nice, great day to dry the clothes
24. Feck off
Another word for F*** off, but not in such a harsh tone
25. Will you have a mineral?
Will you have a drink? Usually a soft drink.
26. I’m going on the gargle/piss/batter
Your going out for a drink, and you may not return for days