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12 Irish phrases visitors should know

To help you understand the local Irish humour here are a few Irish phrases that all visitors should be aware of.

The Irish language is confusing enough with all of it’s fadas and to make matters worse we have¬†colloquial versions of the English language too.


Here is our list of Irish phrases for tourists coming to experience the fantastic Irish culture:

“Go way outta that” – This is the something we say when we don’t believe someone but we want to be friendly instead of calling them a liar.

“Chips” – This can be very confusing for tourists from the United States.If you order a bag of chips in a bar and get a basket of freshly sliced potatoes don’t try to return them. Chips are the fries of Ireland.

“How’s she cuttin?” – How has your day been?

“Jacks” – For no particular reason the men of Ireland have nicknamed toilets ‘Jacks’.

“What’s the craic?” – This is often said as a general greeting. The craic is an irish word for fun. It has no association with the drug.

“Away with the fairies” or “Away with the birds” – Behaving in a strange manner

“Do you fancy a few scoops?” – Would you like to go for a few alcoholic beverages?

“An awful chancer” – A gambler or somebody who tried to get away with something he/she shouldn’t be doing.

“A culchie” – Someone from the countryside or anywhere outside of Dublin.

“Gobsmacked” – Shocked

“Up to ninety” – Highly strung or a little bit stressed

“The banter” – When Irish people mock eachother and laugh about it.

For more information about local culture in Ireland or to book your next walking or cycling tour with contact one of our Travel Specialists.


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