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Eamonn (67.75.194.174 - 67.75.194.174)
Posted on Tuesday, June 17, 2003 - 05:43 am:   Edit Post Print Post

hi. i'm planning on getting an irish phrase tattooed on me soon. i just can't decide what phrase. any suggestions would be helpful. i'm considering "say little but say it well" Beagán a rá agus é a rá go maith. i like "our day will come" but you should know why i don't want to use it. thanks in advance.

ps you can tell by my name (Eamonn McAuliffe) that i have just a bit of irish in me...

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Aonghus (159.134.63.80 - 159.134.63.80)
Posted on Tuesday, June 17, 2003 - 05:06 pm:   Edit Post Print Post

say little but say it well
Abair beagán, ach abair go maith é

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Shay (194.165.165.208 - 194.165.165.208)
Posted on Tuesday, June 17, 2003 - 05:45 pm:   Edit Post Print Post

'Ceart dom ceart duit' its an Irish proverb that means 'Live and let live'. I want a tatoo myself with some Irish on it but i canT decide. I was thinking of a Celtic Cross with some Irish around it.Let me know what u decide on please.

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Eamonn (67.75.194.232 - 67.75.194.232)
Posted on Wednesday, June 18, 2003 - 06:51 am:   Edit Post Print Post

Is minic a ghearr teanga duine a scornach.
It is often that a person's tongue cut his throat.
is this translation right?

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Antóin (159.134.180.228 - 159.134.180.228)
Posted on Wednesday, June 18, 2003 - 08:52 am:   Edit Post Print Post

Raidht - Seo linn!
Some Irish sayings on the subject of brief talk - don't know if some would be appropriate.

Is binn béal ina thost.
Sweet is the mouth that is silent.

To contradict the above -
Is minic a bhíonn ciúin ciontach.
The quiet person is often guilty.

Déanann ceann ciallmhar béal iata.
A sensible head has a closed mouth.

Is mairg ná cuireann srian lena ghuth.
He is to be pitied who doesn't restrain his voice.

Beagán is a rá go maith.
Say little but say it well. (Just a briefer version of what you had above)

Soitheach folamh is mó torann.
Empty vessels make the most sound.

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deirídh (216.42.122.108 - 216.42.122.108)
Posted on Thursday, June 19, 2003 - 12:05 am:   Edit Post Print Post

an té chuireas, 's é bhaineas
he that sows will reap

is fearr lúbadh ná briseadh
better to bend than break

faghann íarraidh íarraidh eile
the seeking of one thing will find another

is úaisle onóir ná ór
honour is more noble than gold

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Eamonn (67.75.196.63 - 67.75.196.63)
Posted on Thursday, June 19, 2003 - 02:44 am:   Edit Post Print Post

thanks for all the suggestions. i'll be thinking this over really hard in the next week or so. don't want to rush into something that will be on my body forever.

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Jen (213.122.9.194 - 213.122.9.194)
Posted on Thursday, June 19, 2003 - 09:50 am:   Edit Post Print Post

I designed my own Irish themed tattoo. i have an angel leaning on a shamrock but instead of an Irish saying I have one I made up myself but only used the first letter of each word and had that tattooed under it but in a gaelic font:) Tis different and everyone always asks me what the initials stand for. I tell em its a secret hehehe

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