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Sayings to Cement Your Irish Street Cred on Saint Patrick’s Day

Look, just because your little button claims that you’re Irish doesn’t mean you’re one of us. You need to have some good Irish sayings to yell during your drunken revelry! Instead of belting “WOOO” and “YEAH!” across the parking lot, try these different sayings on for size after your fifth Guinness.

Éirinn go Brách!

(pronunciation: Erin guh brawk)
You may have seen this spelled as “Erin go Braugh,” but that is an anglicized version of the saying which means “Ireland Forever!” Though most citizens of Ireland don’t celebrate Saint Patrick’s Day, Irish Americans adopted this as a celebration of their homeland and culture, and it can be heard reverberating around pubs and bars across the nation on March 17th. Now not only can you celebrate your Irish heritage, you can tell everyone how it’s REALLY spelled and pronounced.


(pronunciation: sl-oyn-tah)
Another simple drinking pronouncement, it’s the Gaelic version of “Cheers!” But what does it mean? Well, it simply translates to “health!” You’re drinking to the prolonged health of your friends and family. Never mind that this is somewhat ironic on Saint Patrick’s Day.

Go n-ithe an cat thú is go n-ithe an diabhal an cat!

(pronunciation: Guh nih-heh on cot hoo iss guh nih-heh on jowel on cot)
Speaking of wishing health to your friends, how about something a little more elaborate? This saying translates to, “May the cat eat you and the devil eat the cat.” In other words, if anything bad ever happens to you, may the devil do harm to them in return. Might take a while to master but boy will any passing leprechauns be impressed!

Tabhair póg dom, táim Éireannach!

(pronunciation: Too-irr pog-ue dum, toy-me ay-ron-ock)
Remember your little button you got for the big party? It probably says this in English. Yep, this is Gaelic for “Kiss me, I’m Irish!” If you’re trying to impress a right bonnie lass (or lad) then you can do no wrong with this saying.

An bhfuil tú ar meisce fós?

(pronunciation: On will too air mesh-ka fowss?)
A question that becomes moot once you have to start asking it over and over – this means “are you drunk yet?” A good way to keep tabs on your friends or perhaps keeping an eye out for someone who doesn’t seem like they’re having a good time. If they respond they’re not yet, then go grab them some spirits in the spirit of Saint Paddy!

Beannachtaí na Féile Pádraig oraibh!

(pronunciation: Ban-ock-tee na fay-lah paw-rig ur-iv)
Make sure to say this one before midnight – it means “Saint Patrick’s Day blessing upon you!” A great way to start the night, in fact, before the beer and whiskey starts to flow. Get everybody in the spirit with a proper blessing for the night – then switch to Sláinte or maybe the old standard “WOOO!”