IrishCentral dishes out the meanings behind popular Irish phrases and sayings

Irish and Irish Americans tend to throw around phrases like "Slainte" and "Top of the morning to ye" but how many of us really know what these beloved Irish phrases really mean? Whether it's St. Patrick's Day or not it's good to know the truths behind these Irish saying and catch phrases.

Here are some of the top Irish sayings and what they mean:

"May the road rise to meet you"

An Irish blessing - "May the road rise to meet you."

An Irish blessing - "May the road rise to meet you."

From the Gaelic "Go n-éiri an bóthar leat," which means may success be with you.

"Top of the morning to you."

Hollywood invention, never used in Ireland.

A bit of Darby O'Gill - "Top of the morning to you."

A bit of Darby O'Gill - "Top of the morning to you."

"And the rest of the day to yourself."

Also Hollywood.

"Sláinte!"

Anyone who's hung in an Irish pub knows this one!..."Sláinte!"

Anyone who's hung in an Irish pub knows this one!..."Sláinte!"

 

Meaning good health. Sláinte is the Gaelic word for health. Also used in place of "cheers".

"Slán!"

Don't Irish goodbye it! Say "Slán!"

Don't Irish goodbye it! Say "Slán!"

Meaning farewell. Slán is the Gaelic word for safe so it means keep safe.

"Erin go Bragh"

Meaning "Ireland forever" in Gaelic.

"A hundred thousand welcomes."

"A hundred thousand welcomes" to all in Ireland.

"A hundred thousand welcomes" to all in Ireland.

From the Gaelic “Céad Mile Fáilte” which means literally that.

"Dia is Muire Dhuit"

Meaning hello in Gaelic. The phrase literally means "God and Mary with you."

"Dia is Mhuire Duit agus Padraig" 

Recognize this fella?...St Patrick!

Recognize this fella?...St Patrick!

How the person responds,"God and Mary and St. Patrick with you."

"Póg Mo Thóin"

Ye what?!! "Póg Mo Thóin"

Ye what?!! "Póg Mo Thóin"

Yes, it means what you think it does, Gaelic for kiss my a**.

Read more: What Irish phrases you need to learn before you visit Ireland

* Originally published in March 2014.

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