Irish Slang Section

Irish Slang and Sayings

A press A cupboard
A Sprang / A Sprong A Pitchfork
A Barrow A wheelbarrow
Grand “Yes, that is grand.” – “Yes, that is OK.”“That is a grand tractor.” – “That is a nice tractor.”

“I am grand.” – I am fine.

“Well? …” Used to greet people.  Pretty much just means “Hello, how are you?”
The Messages “I am going out to get the messages.” – “I am going to get groceries.”“I’m going for the messages.” – “I need to do a few things.” This could include shopping and running errands.
A Brush A Broom.
Petrol Could be petrol or diesel.
A Yoke A thing.
Yer Man, Yer One A certain man, a certain woman.
Slagging Off Insulting someone, but usually in a nice way.  (You can tell by the person’s expression, if they are smiling or yelling at you to see whether they mean it or not.)
Banter/ The Gallery An exchange of light, playful, teasing remarks; good-natured joking.
The Craic “Having the craic.” – “Having fun.”“What is the craic? / Any craic?” – “Do you have any news? /   What is going on?”

“You are great craic. / That was great craic.” – “You are good fun. / It was good fun.”

Going for a Pint Going out for a drink, usually in the local pub.  Careful, it never just means one pint of beer.
Howya? “How are you?”  Does not usually warrant an answer.
I am going to see a man about a dog. I am going to do something I don’t particularly want to tell you about.
You big eejit. A term of endearment.  It is derived from “idiot”, but it is meant in a nice way, not as an insult.  (Usually! Again, keep an eye on the person’s expression.)
What’s the story? What is going on?
How’s the form? How are you doing?
Going on a session. Going for a big night out.
A Trad Session. Traditional music being played in a local pub.
That place is Jammers / Packed / Black. That place is full of people.
Naaa. It means “no”, but not a definite “no.”  The person is still thinking about it and might change their mind.
Ye or Yer You, Your or You’re.
A few bob. Some money.
The bank link. A cash point.
Messing. “I am only messing.” – “I am only joking.”“You big messer.” – “You big joker.”

“Stop messing!” – “Stop playing around!”

Rashers. Sliced bacon, usually part of an Irish breakfast.
A fry. An Irish breakfast (or part of one), usually with sausages, bacon (rashers), eggs, black and white pudding, mushrooms and tomato.
99’s (Also used in UK) / A cone An ice cream (soft ice) usually with a chocolate Flake in the middle. (a type of chocolate)
Culchies. People from the rural parts of Ireland.
Jackeen / A Dub. A person from Dublin.
Togs. Shorts (for swimming or sports).
There is a grand stretch in the evenings. The days are getting longer when the daylight gets longer in Spring.
Taytos. Potato crisps.
“Ah no I won’t …” I will if you ask me again.For instance:

“Will you have a cup of tea?”

“Ah no I won’t.”

“Ah go on, you will.” or “Are you sure?”

“OK, I will.”

Fair play to ya. / Well for ya. Good on you, well done, I am happy for you. (Again, watch the speaker’s expression!)
A lock in. When the pub locks its doors from the inside, but people stay in the pub after hours.  This is actually illegal.
I’ll give you a shout. / I’ll talk to ya. Goodbye, I will be in touch (sometime).
You wouldn’t just … , would ya? Can you do … for me please?For instance:

“You wouldn’t just close that door for me, would ya?” – “Would you close the door please?”

On yer bike. Go away.
Go away with that / Go away outta that. Stop it. / That is unbelievable.
Ah sure, to be sure. Just to be sure.
After doing something. Doing something.For example:

“He is just after changing the lightbulb.” – He has just changed the lightbulb.

That is bold. That is naughty.
The mart. The place where livestock is bought and sold.
A round. / Going in a round. In the pub it is custom to “go into rounds (of drinks).”  This means that everybody in the friendship circle buys a drink for everybody else.  It is considered very rude to accept drinks in a round and never pay for one.  Be careful – they might say you don’t need to pay, but it is expected of you.
Ah no, you’re alright. Actually means that you should insist on it anyway.For instance:

“Will you have another pint?”

“Ah no, you’re alright.”

“Ah go on, you will.” Or “Are you sure?”

“Ah go on then.” – OK then, I will.