1) You have no idea how to make a long story short!Y
2) You swear very well.
3) At least one of your cousins is a fireman, cop, bar owner, funeral home owner or holds political office.
4) You think you sing very well.
5) You know at least 3 people named Paddy
6) There isn’t a big difference between you losing your temper and killing someone.
7) Many of your childhood meals were boiled. Instant potatoes were a mortal sin.
8) You have at least one aunt who is a nun, or an uncle who is a priest.
9) You spent a good portion of your childhood kneeling in prayer.
10) You’re strangely poetic after a few beers.
11) Some punches directed at you are from legacies of past generations.
12) Many of your sisters and/or cousins are named Mary, Catherine or Eileen, and there is at least one member of your family with the full name Mary Catherine Eileen.
13) Someone in your family is very generous … it is most likely you.
14) You may not know the words, but that doesn’t stop you from singing.
15) You can’t wait for the other guy to stop talking before you start talking.
16) You’re not nearly as funny as you think you are… but what you lack in talent, you make up for in frequency.
17) There wasn’t a huge difference between your last wake and your last keg party.
18) You know someone named Murph, Mic or Sully.
19) If you don’t, you are Murph, Mic or Sully.
20) You are genetically incapable of keeping a secret.
21) You have Irish Alzheimer’s… you forget everything but the grudges!
22) ‘Irish Stew’ is a euphemism for ‘boiled leftovers.’
23) Your skin’s ability to tan ….not so much. (Only in spots!)
24) Childhood remedies for the common cold often included some form of whiskey.
25) There’s no leaving a family party without saying goodbye for at least 45 minutes.
26) At this very moment, you have at least two relatives who are not speaking to each other. Not fighting mind you, just not speaking to each other
And it means you are among the luckiest people alive, if for nothing else, just because you have your Irish family.

And Now, the slang that make Being Irish Unique: http://blog.famleigh.com/index.php/2014/02/ 


About Kevin Leigh

Kevin and his wife Mary have been married for 25 years with three boys ranging in age from 12 to 27. He is the co-founder of Dealer Simplified a WNY company.
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  • Eugene Gallagher

    It was probably a lie when it was followed by “no word of a lie” voiced in the sincerest tone.mammy sez it wasn’t swearing when exclamation ‘jesus’……. was followed by mary and joseph and wee donkey.

  • Eugene Gallagher

    jaysuz…..(Mary n joseph and wee donkey) are we related?lol,

  • Krissy

    Of course you did

  • Krissy

    Two stories – My Uncle Jack (the oldest of 12-there is one left) always said that when his wife Celine died he was going to have her creamated and put her in an urn on the mantle and when people said “Is that porcelain?” he would say “No – it’s poor Celine”. When my cousin died, we were laughing and making so much noise in the back yard the night after the wake that the neighbors called the cops. My family also had two sayings “You’re a long time dead” and “The only difference between an Irish wedding and an Irish wake is that there is one less person at the wake.”

  • Glenda

    My mother always says ” There are two kinds of people in this world, those who are Irish and those who wish they were!” She is 1st generation Irish.

  • Patricia Doyle

    And garlic was the work of the devil.

  • bob in buffalo

    My older brother was James, my older sister is Mary Catherine, my cousin is a cop, my brother-in-law was Murph, my nephews are Firemen. We had boiled chicken on Sunday with boiled potatoes. I walked to the Catholic Schools
    , Elementary and High School.

  • Kimberly Scott

    OMG…I’m still laughing and referring my friends and family members to specific line item numbers to explain ALL my faults…lol

  • Julia O’Reilly Eggleston

    Love it! Even corned beef and cabbage is American. Here in New England it’s called New England boiled dinner.

  • its a healing experience LOL

  • Ed Reilly

    They forgot one The IRISH are the BEST LOVERS. !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!.

  • Jan Martin

    I’m 100%
    Polish and 99% of the above statements fit. A Polish wedding lasted two days, etc.

  • Desert_Soldier

    Retired Soldier/Irish Beat Cop…. over a hundred 1st cousins and you covered all the trades except the Rail Road gandy dancers… Some in the clergy but most followed Brown Bess all over the world…

  • Kathleen Hohneck

    true…my Mom said she had never had corned beef and cabbage until she came to the states

  • jenngga

    My grandmother, who was born a Quin (one n), sometimes exclaimed “Shades of St. Patrick!”. She was so cute. Does anyone else know this saying?

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  • Steel Man

    “No they never taught us what was real. Iron and coke and chromium steel.”
    McManus Seyfert & Company: world famous purveyors of fine Dahlgren gun naval artillery. Never mind building the important pieces that delivered clean water to a growing New York City.

  • Annette

    I am from an Irish/Italian household and they are almost the same. We would go to my Irish grandparent’s house things were boiled and burnt, how does that happen, Before church they would have five shots a piece and call it medicine. My aunt’s name is Mary Katherine.

  • Too Funny Annette, I have two Mary Kates in the family…

  • Annette

    It is funny and true. Heck when kids were teething they would rub whiskey on the gums, the kids were probably pasted out and the adult would continue drinking. Or when we had a cold they would give us hot milk, sugar and whiskey to drink. And yet we all seemed to have survived.

  • Annette

    Or Mary Katherine’s sons Sean, Kevin and Danny.

  • Mitzi Luecke

    what about the non-catholic protestant Irish?

  • DH

    Save all the St. Joes in case you want to sell your house quickly and don’t forget St. Tony “The Finder”

  • Ahh sure now… if you be finding something, ya better ask St Anthony.. dats the fellow you wanna be calling on.

  • Don69

    27. Family get-togethers are like a small town meeting!

  • Cathy Cohee

    I’m Mary Catherine, my Mom was Mary Margaret, and my Grandmother (100% Irish and born in Ireland) was Mary Katherine.

  • MO

    Mary Elizabeth Catherine here.

  • Cathy Secours Lacy

    All meals were boiled, no meats showed the slightest hint of red or pink so we actually looked forward to fish fry on Friday.

  • Me Ma would cook a ham then just as an extra precaution slice it then fry it in butter. cuz, it needs to be cooked ya know..

  • Annette

    My Uncle would say o me jolly me gosh me joe!

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  • Joe Gribbin

    How about ‘Jesus wept and Moses crept’! LOL

  • Joe Gribbin

    Absolutely. My mom and two aunts sat in our living room and cried for three days as they watched the events unfold on TV after JFK was assassinated. Saddest times I can remember. My mom had a cedar chest full of all the newspapers from that time, November 1963.

  • democrat CockRoach

    Notice, the Irish are the most SELF-DEPRECATING ethnic group in the world (unlike all the other dumb democrat WIMPS)..

    After all, it’s BAD to name a sports team CHIEFS or BRAVES in LIBERAL LA LA LAND but you can name them the Leprechauns any day of the week.

  • Marianne

    Most is true or close to it except for a few: (1) Only in writing, not in person ..Talking; (5) No Paddys or Patricks; (10) I’m always poetic and always sober; (17) Forgot what it was but it doesn’t apply here; (18) My dog’s name is “Murphy” and sometimes called “Murph” when we’re tired. My Great Grandma was a Murphy; (20) No one can keep a secret better than me. I’m usually too busy talking about myself to speak about others;(21) I don’t hold grudges and can’t understand folks who do.; (22) I tan beautifully along with my freckles; (24) Vicks Vapor Rub but never Whiskey in anything… THE END!