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Irish idioms (Seanfhocail Ghaeilge)

A collection of proverbs in Irish with English equivalents and translations.

Proverbs English versions
Aithníonn ciaróg ciaróg eile It takes one to know one
(A beetle recognises another beetle)
Bíonn adharca fada ar na buaidh thar lear The grass is greener on the other side of the fence
(Cattle in faraway lands have long horns)
Bíonn blas milis ar phraiseach na gcomharsan The grass is greener on the other side of the fence
(The neighbour's porriage tastes sweet)
Cleachtadh a dhéanann maistreacht Practice makes perfect
("Practice makes mastery")
Doras feasa fiafraí Asking is the door to knowledge
Giorraíonn beirt bóthar Two people shorten a road
Is binn béal ina thost Silence is golden
("A silent mouth sounds sweet")
Is maith an scáthán súil charad A friend's eye is a good mirror
Is minic ciúin ciontach The quiet one is often guilty
Is minic cú mall sona A slow hound was often lucky
Maireann croí éadrom i bhfad A light heart lives longest
Maireann na daoine ar scáil a chéile The people live in one another's shadows
Marbh le tae agus marbh gan é Dead with tea and dead without it
Moladh luath agus cáineadh mall Early praise and delayed criticism
Níl aon leigheas ar an ngrá ach pósadh The only cure for love is marriage
Níl aon tinteán mar do thinteán féin There's no place like home
("There's no hearth like your own hearth")
Níor bhris focal maith fiacail riamh A good word never broke a tooth
Tarraingíonn scéal scéal eile One story leads on to another


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