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Irish Quotes and Sayings
Quotes about Irish

Please enjoy these Irish Quotes from the wise, the romantic, and the famous of the past and present.

May flowers always line your path and sunshine light your day.
May songbirds serenade you every step along the way.
May a rainbow run beside you in a sky that's always blue.
And may happiness fill your heart each day your whole life through.
- Irish Blessing

May love and laughter light your days,
and warm your heart and home.
May good and faithful friends be yours,
wherever you may roam.
May peace and plenty bless your world
with joy that long endures.
May all life's passing seasons
bring the best to you and yours.
- Irish Blessing

A son is a son till he takes him a wife,
a daughter is a daughter all of her life.
- Irish Traditional

May your right hand always be
stretched out in friendship, never in want.
- Irish Blessing

 

Everyone is wise, until he speaks.
- Irish proverb

May a rainbow run beside you in a sky that's always blue.
And may happiness fill your heart each day your whole life through.
- Irish Blessing

Irish poets, learn your trade, sing whatever is well made,
scorn the sort now growing up all out of shape from toe to top.
- William Butler Yeats

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I'm an Irish Catholic and I have a long iceberg of guilt.
- Edna O'Brien

There are probably more annoying things than being
hectored about African development by a wealthy Irish
rock star in a cowboy hat,
but I can't think of one at the moment.
- Paul Theroux

I'm proud of my Irish heritage and culture and this
show will feature a lot of Irish dancing.
- Michael Flatley

The British Government and the Irish Government have
accepted very clearly the Mitchell Report.
- Dick Spring

In old times people used to try and square the circle;
now they try and devise schemes for satisfying the Irish nation.
- Samuel Butler

I'm just a true Irish boy at heart.
- Colin Farrell

At Leeds I've tried to concentrate on my club form,
but you get caught up in all the World Cup fever once
you come back to Ireland and see all the Irish boys again.
- Robbie Keane

I had that stubborn streak, the Irish in me I guess.
- Gregory Peck

Even when they have nothing, the Irish emit a kind of happiness,
a joy.
- Fiona Shaw

I have a thing for red-haired Irish boys,
as we know.
- Sandra Bullock

Being Irish is very much a part of who I am.
I take it everywhere with me.
- Colin Farrell

Theatre has no national identity.
It is something for the world, whether it is Irish,
English, or French.
- Cyril Cusack

The Irish and British, they love satire,
it's a large part of the culture.
- Ben Nicholson

The Irish gave the bagpipes to the Scotts as a joke,
but the Scotts haven't seen the joke yet.
- Oliver Herford

The Irish Government can no longer stand by and see
innocent people injured and perhaps worse.
- Jack Lynch

My father was totally Irish, and so I went to Ireland once.
I found it to be very much like New York,
for it was a beautiful country, and both the women
and men were good-looking.
- James Cagney

I grew up mostly with classical, big band,
and a lot of Irish music - I really didn't start listening
to rock and roll until I was maybe sixteen.
- Moira Kelly

My father's parents were Irish.
Only a year before my father died, he and I went back
to Ireland for a week to look at the old homestead.
- John Hawkes

In this context the British and Irish governments will have to promote a new,
imaginative and dynamic alternative in which both governments
will share power in the north.
- Gerry Adams

I have the soul of a singer and do splendidly in the
shower but the world will never hear it.
Basically, I'm the only Irish person who can't carry a tune.
- Roma Downey

The Irish do not want anyone to wish them well;
they want everyone to wish their enemies ill.
- Harold Nicolson

Politics is the chloroform of the Irish people,
or rather the hashish.
- Oliver St.
John

The Irish job was something that had to be sorted out.
- Jack Charlton

Ninety percent I'll spend on good times,
women and Irish Whiskey.
The other ten percent I'll probably waste.
- Tug McGraw

I suffer from Irish-Catholic guilt.
Guilt is a good reality check.
It keeps that 'do what makes you happy' thing in check.
- Edward Burns

I have drawn inspiration from the Marine Corps,
the Jewish struggle in Palestine and Israel,
and the Irish.
- Leon Uris

It has to do with the fact that Ford,
for all his greatness, is an Irish egomaniac,
as anyone who knows him will say.
- Henry Fonda

May God grant you always...
A sunbeam to warm you,
a moonbeam to charm you,
a sheltering Angel so nothing can harm you.
Laughter to you.
Faithful friends near you.
And whenever you pray,
Heaven to hear you.
- Irish Blessing

The gun is not out of Irish politics.
- Ian Paisley

When others stood idly by, you and your families gave your all,
in defence of a risen people and in pursuit of Irish freedom and unity.
- Gerry Adams

The Irish Republican Army has kept every commitment made by its leadership.
- Gerry Adams

The Ireland I now inhabit is one that these Irish contemporaries have helped to imagine.
- Seamus Heaney

Being Irish was a big thing for me, particularly growing up in Chicago.
- Lara Flynn Boyle

Rain is also very difficult to film,
particularly in Ireland because it's quite fine,
so fine that the Irish don't even acknowledge that it exists.
- Alan Parker

In Ireland, it's been like U2 and The Cranberries,
which is rock, but you know they're Irish.
- Caroline Corr

My parents were French and Irish and our family even
has Spanish blood-and I do so love the United States
and consider myself part American.
- Vivien Leigh

I think the Irish woman was freed from slavery by bingo.
They can go out now, dressed up, with their handbags
and have a drink and play bingo.
And they deserve it.
- John B. Keane

My mother is Irish, my father is black and Venezuelan,
and me - I'm tan, I guess.
- Mariah Carey

There is not a single injustice in Northern Ireland
that is worth the loss of a single British soldier
or a single Irish citizen either.
- James Callaghan

I come from a long line of staunch Irish Catholics.
- Robert Vaughn

People do think I'm Jewish.
But we're Irish Catholic.
My father had a brogue.
- Martin Short

Everywhere I look, I see the evidence of a creator.
But I don't see it as religion,
which has cut Irish people in two.
I don't see Jesus Christ as being
in any part of a religion.
Religion to me is almost like when God leaves -
and people devise a set of rules to fill the space.
- Bono

My Irish derivation has nothing to do with me.
Why should it?
- Carroll O'Connor

I wrote a script.
I actually enjoyed writing it more than acting.
It's about the Irish rebellion of 1920,
which is a fascinating period and place for me.
- Tom Berenger

We have always found the Irish a bit odd.
They refuse to be English.
- Winston Churchill

It is a most disgraceful shame the way in which Irishmen are brought up.
They are ashamed of their language, institutions,
and of everything Irish.
- Douglas Hyde

May the road rise up to meet you,
may the wind be ever at your back.
May the sun shine warm upon your face
and the rain fall softly on your fields.
And until we meet again,
May God hold you in the hollow of his hand.
- Irish Blessing

Irish Americans are no more Irish than Black Americans are Africans.
- Bob Geldof

I have been interested in Irish traditional music for the past few years.
- Nobuo Uematsu

If it was raining soup, the Irish would go out with forks.
- Brendan Behan

You think the Welsh are friendly, but the Irish are fabulous.
- Bonnie Tyler

My Irish passport makes me look like a chief of staff for the Provisional IRA.
- Jack Higgins

Perhaps our Irish friends should not so completely
turn their backs on their historical dishes,
no matter how many jokes they might have to endure.
- Nick Clooney

No, men and women of the Irish race,
we shall not fight for England.
We shall fight for the destruction of the British Empire
and the construction of an Irish republic.
- James Larkin

We play our Irish songs a bit more loosely.
- Caroline Corr

In 1953 there were two ways for an Irish Catholic boy to impress his parents:
become a priest or attend Notre Dame.
- Phil Donahue

I've had Irish skin from the time I was a young girl.
- Lara Flynn Boyle

To marry the Irish is to look for poverty.
- J. P. Donleavy

But let's just say, I'm Irish.
I grew up in the 1950s.
Religion had a very tight iron fist.
- Liam Neeson

There's something about the Irish that is remarkable.
- Fiona Shaw

The Irish are the only men who know how to cry for
the dirty polluted blood of all the world.
- Norman Mailer

Sometimes the archaism of the language when it's spoken
is why we are all in love with the Irish today.
- Diane Wakoski

Angel was the first Irish feature film.
Neil's first movie and my first movie.
- Stephen Rea

I was raised Irish Catholic, but I don't consider myself Irish Catholic:
I consider myself me,
an American.
- John Cusack


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