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Pubs and Shops of Ireland by Pfeiffer.

Pubs and Shops of Ireland by Pfeiffer. This image is available as a poster.

Irish Proverbs

Market Day

  • There is no use in shouting at the fair when you have nothing to sell.
  • A wet day is a good day for changing a pound.
  • A bad trade is better than idleness.
  • Bad goods never yet went to the market that some blind market-man did not buy.
  • Money makes the horse gallop whether he has shoes or not.
  • Never sell a hen on a wet day.
  • Never buy bread from a butcher.
  • You cannot have the hen and the price of her.
  • Credit to harvest and credit forever.
  • The best way to keep loyalty in a man’s heart is to keep money in his purse.
  • Do not buy a purse with your last half-crown.
  • Consult your purse before you buy.
  • All wealth is consumed by small spending.
  • Never buy through your ears but through your eyes.
  • Taste and try before you buy.
  • The thing that is bought dear is often sold cheap.
  • Never buy a rabbit without a head, as it may be a cat.


Irish Proverbs

Many fine collections of Irish proverbs have been published over the years. An assortment of some of our favorites are available as new or used copies. Your purchase will help support the non-profit activitites of Compass Rose Cultural Crossroads.

Online collection copyright © 1995, 2007-2008. Compiled by Joanne Asala, author of Celtic Folklore Cooking. You are free to use these proverbs on your own site as long as you credit Compass Rose Cultural Crossroads as the source and provide a link to our Web site:

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