In recent years “World’s Sexiest Accent” polls have drawn a lot of media attention. The Irish accent has been faring pretty well, even topping one poll in 2011. How an Irish man’s lilt beat out the sweet, amorous tones of the French amazes me. But truth be told, American girls love a man with an Irish accent.
To help these girls seeking the attentions of an Irish suitor, I thought a few “wise old words” on love from our Irish ancestors might help them better understand the Gaelic men of their dreams.
With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, there couldn’t be a more perfect time to examine some Irish sayings on romance.
“There are only three kinds of Irish men
who can’t understand women –
young men, old men and men of middle age.”
“Love him when he least deserves it,
that’s when he most needs it.”
“Love is like stirabout – it must be made fresh every day”
(stirabout is an old term for porridge).
“Má bhíonn tú ag lorg cara gan locht,
beidh tú gan chara go deo” =
“If you’re searching for a friend without faults,
you will be without a friend forever.”
“There is no pain greater than the pain of rejection.”
“There are three creatures beyond ruling
– a mule, a pig and a woman.”
“The only cure for love is marriage.”
“Soft words butter no turnips.”
“Long loneliness is better than bad company.”
“Every old sock, finds an old shoe.”
“It’s not the most beautiful woman has the most sense!”
“Beauty won’t make the kettle boil!”
“Galar an grá nach leigheasann luibheanna” =
“Love is a sickness that no herb can cure.”
Hope you enjoyed these little love sayings from olden times. Over the next few days come back and visit, as we delve further into the Irish concept of love.
Slán agus beannacht,
(Goodbye and blessings)
Irish American Mom