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Everybody is Irish on St. Patrick's Day

by Amanda Doyle

On March 17th, the whole world celebrates St. Patrick’s Day. But March is so much more than just St. Patrick’s Day! March is Irish Heritage Month. Nearly 34.5 million Americans say they have some Irish heritage.  The Irish are known for their hard-working attitude as well as their colorful phrases.  In this month’s blog post, we’ll share some of the more humorous sayings, slang, and curses.

·        “Hello, how are you?” – “What’s the craic?”

·        “Off you go.” – “On yer bike.”

·        “Everything is good.” – “I’m pullin the devil by the tail.”

·        Reaction to something shocking/funny- “Ah be da Jaysus.”

·        A cup of tea- “Cup of scald

·        “Be careful!”  – “Sleep with yer good eye open.”

·        “I have something to tell you.”- “C’mere till I tell ye’.”

·        “Taste this.” – “Get yer laughing gear around this.”

·        Your father- “’ould fella

·        The boss- “gaffer

·        “Be Quiet.” – “Stall yer witts.” Or “Wheesht.”

·        Bed- “scratcher

·        Correct – “Bang on.”

·        “I don’t know.” – “Haven’t a baldy notion.”

·        “May you be plagues by a powerful itch and never have the nails to scratch it.”

·        “May you have a little skillet; May you have little in it. May you have to break it, To find a little bit in it.”

·        “May you find the bees but not the honey.”

·        “You’re as greedy as a leprechaun. May someone steal your pot of gold!”


All month long, Peoria Public Library is celebrating Irish Heritage Month. On Saturday, March 4 from 2:00-4:00pm, Barry Cloyd will be at the North Branch performing his “An Irish Immigrant’s Song.” Every Monday afternoon in March, from 2:00-4:00 pm, North Branch will be hosting an Irish movie- 3/4- “71”, 3/13- “In the Name of the Father”, 3/20- Angela’s Ashes, and 3/27- Quiet Man. On Saturday March 12 from 2:00-4:00pm, Music in the McKenzie will have the Irish/Celtic folk band “Turas.” 

There will also be a display in the Local History and Genealogy department on Irish Immigration and a display in the Wheeler Case about Irish Coffin Ships.  For more information please visit our website: www.peoriapubliclibrary.org     


May the road rise up to meet you.” 


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