Travelers to Ireland need to work on understanding the variety of Irish accents in English before they start learning Irish sayings — it’ll be a better use of your time. But if you want to immerse yourself a little deeper into Irish culture, it’s a good idea to look at some of the most common phrases in Irish Gaelic, also known as Gaeilge.
English and Irish (Gaeilge) are the official languages in the Republic of Ireland, and in 2016, 1,761,420, i.e. 39.8 percent of the population of the country, said they could speak Irish. Irish is mostly spoken in the south and west of the Republic of Ireland (from Cork to Mayo along the coast), and more commonly in rural areas, but it’ll never hurt to know a couple of Irish sayings for when you visit these parts — if only to show that you’re interested in the country’s traditions.
Here are eight Irish sayings about Guinness, tea, and God that will help you understand Irish culture better, and appreciate it even more.