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Seanfhocal an Lae- Phrase of the day

Everyday for the last month I've been looking for ways to keep up my Irish and learn something new about the language everyday. One thing which I have been doing regularly is learning an old Irish phrase (a seanfhocal) whenever I can. My favourite so far is my slogan for the 'Gaeltacht at home' course, 'Tús maith leath na hoibre'.

Here are a few more which I've put together over the last while for you guys to try learn if you have a few spare minutes in the day.


I have indented a few of the ones which I had learnt from my first Gaeltacht, Colaiste na bhFiann, Gaoth Dobhair; here, we were tested everyday after dinner on the phrase which the Bainisteoir (principal) had picked out to be 'Seanfhocal an Lae'



Is ait an mac an saol

life is odd

is maith an scéalaí an aimsir time will tell

ní lia duine ná tuairim opinions are as plentiful as people

de réir a chéile thógtar na caisleaín by degrees the castle is built

is fearr déanach ná choíche better late than never

I dtús na haicíde is fusa í a leigheas It's easier to cure a disease at the start

mol an óige agus tiocfaidh siad praise the youth and they will prosper

ní bhíonn in aon rud ach seal nothing lasts forever

Ní bhíonn saoi gan locht Nobody's perfect

dá fhad é an lá, tagann an oíche However long the day, night will come

bíonn an fhírinne searbh the truth is bitter

ní mar a shíltear a bhítear things aren't always as they seem

filleann an feall ar an bhfeallaire what goes around comes around

an rud is annamh is iontach what's rare is wonderful

Is olc an ghaoth nach séideann maith do dhuine éigin it's an ill wind that doesn't blow some good

is minic a bhíonn duine agus a chosúlacht in aghaidh a chéile don't judge by appearances

is minic comhairle maith ag amadán the fool has good advice

is iomaí slí le muc a mharú seachas é thachtadh theres many ways to kill a pig other than choking

ní bhíonn bua gan dua there's no winning without work

cuireann an diabhail obair ar fáil do lámha díomhaoin the devil puts work in idle hands

is fearr an tsláinte ná na táinte health is better than wealth

is fearr deimhin ná díomá better be sure than sorry

ní haon mhaith a bheith ag seanchas nuair a bhíonn an anachain déanta there's no good complaining once the wrong is done

is fearr súil le glas ná súil leis an uaigh its better to have eye for the green than eye for the grave

ciall ceannaithe an chiall is fearr bought sense is the best sense

aigne shlán i gcorp folláin healthy mind in healthy body

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