12 pieces of Irish slang that you need to know before you come to Dublin

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12 pieces of Irish slang that you need to know before you come to Dublin

English is the main spoken language in Ireland, but sometimes Irish people speak like if they invented their own language but no need to worry, here we will help you with some Irish slang.


 1. What’s the craic?

It is pronounced like “crack.” The most straightforward definition is fun or enjoyment, and it can substitute for “How are you?” “how’s the craic?” or “s’craic?” meaning “what’s up?”, “what’s happening?”, “what’s the story?”, or just just “hello”/”how are ya?”A typical response is “divil a bit,” which means “not much.”

2. Hiya

It is an informal expression, it means Hi you.

Example: Hiya, Pete, how’re you doing?


3. Grand

This word has 2 definitions;

  1. “You are grand” – A term to tell someone no, or that you are fine.

Mammy: Would you like a cup of tea, son?

Son: Thanks mammy, but you’re grand.

  1. A reply to How are you, How are you feeling, Being told of a decision.

Dinner will be 10 minutes – “Grand”

“We will meet you there – “Grand”

4. The jacks

If you arrive in Ireland and ask someone for the restroom, it is social suicide. It’s either called “the toilet,” or even more commonly “the jacks.”


5. Quare

It’s an odd pronunciation of “queer,” but it’s used as a replacement for “very.”

In use: “Jaysis, it’s quare warm today isn’t it?”


6. “Sure look it”

“Ah, sure look it” is an acceptable response to any question, statement, or comment.

What does it mean? God only knows! But if ever you find yourself in a situation where you’re not sure what to say, just go “sure look it” and you’ll fit in just fine.

In use: “Isn’t it lovely weather we’re having?” “Ah, sure look it.”

7. Deadly

Nobody will die! This just mean brilliant, fantastic, great.

In use: That was a deadly film


8. A dirtbird

Someone with a filthy mind/a promiscuous female/someone disgusting.

Example: Would yeh shut up yeh dirtbird, me Ma’s in the next room.


9. Black Stuff

A pint of the ‘Black Stuff’ as it is often referred to is actually a pint of the famous Irish dry stout, Guinness.

10. Fair play!

If you refer to someone’s attitude or behaviour as fair play, you approve of it because it shows respect and sympathy towards everyone, even towards people who are thought to be wrong or to deserve punishment.


11. Fella

A guy. Particularly as in ‘Me Fella’ or ‘My boyfriend / husband / partner’

“I saw you yesterday with your fella”


12. On the lash

To go out drinking
Maybe we’ll go out on the lash.