What those Irish expressions really mean this St.Patrick's Day
By: Niall O'Dowd | Published Thursday, March 17, 2011, 3:40 AM | Updated Friday, September 9, 2011, 10:08 PM
Its that time of year again when everything Irish is in and everyone throws around Irish expressions.
But what do those expressions mean and where do they come from?
Here's a user's guide:May the Road Rise to Meet You
-- From the Gaelic, Go N-eiri an bothar leat, which means may success be with you.Top of the Morning
: Hollywood invention, never used in Ireland.
And the rest of the day to yourself
--Also Hollywood.Slainte: means Good health
---Slainte is the Gaelic word for health.Slan
meaning farewell Slan is the Gaelic word for safe so it means keep safe.Erin go Bragh
-- Means in Gaelic "Ireland forever."A Hundred Thousand welcomes
-- from the Gaelic Cead Mile Failte which means literally that.
Dia is Muire Dhuit
: Means hello in Gaelic, literally means "God and Mary with you."Dia is Mhuire Duit agus Padraig
; How the person responds,"God and Mary and St. Patrick with you."Pog Mo Thoin
--Yes it means what you think it does, Gaelic for kiss my ...
And finally...La Fheile Padraig brea dhibh go leir
-- Have a great St. Pat's everyone