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As the Old Cock Crows the
      
Young Cock Learns
Autumn Days Come Quickly Like
      
The Running of a Hound on the Moor
Better Own a Trifle Than
      
Want a Great Deal
Better Sit Beside Him Than
      
In His Place
A Bird in the Hand is
      
Worth Two in the Bush
A Blind Man Can
      
See His Mouth
A Buckle is a Great Addition to
      
An Old Shoe
Do Not Mistake a Goat's Beard for
      
A Fine Stallion's Tail
Don't Bless the Fish
      
Till It Gets to the Land
Don't Build the Sty
      
Until the Litter Comes
Don't Count Your Chickens
      
Before They Are Hatched
Don't Let Your Tongue
      
Cut Your Throat
Don't Rest Your Eyes
      
Beyond What is Your Own
Don't Tell Your Complaint to
      
One Who Has No Pity
Don't Throw out the Dirty Water Until
      
You Have the Clean Water in
The End of a Feast is
      
Better Than the Beginning of a Fight
Even a Tin Knocker Will
      
Shine on a Dirty Door
Every Patient is
      
A Doctor After His Cure
An Eye is Blind in
      
Another Man's Corner
Firelight Will Not Let You Read Fine Stories but
      
It's Warm and You Wont See the Dust on the Floor
For What Cannot Be Cured
      
Patience is Best
The Fox Never Found a Better Messenger
      
Than Himself
Half a Loaf is
      
Better Than No Bread
The Hand Goes Only
      
Where the Leg Goes
Have It Yourself, or
      
Else Do Without It
He'd Offer You an Egg if
      
You Promised Not to Break the Shell
He's More to Be Pitied Than
      
Laughed at
He Who Spies is
      
The One Who Kills
If You Have One Pair of Good Soles
      
Its Better Than Two Pairs of Good Uppers
If You Lie Down With Dogs
      
You'll Rise With Fleas
If You Put a Silk Dress on a Goat
      
He is a Goat Still
In Winter the Milk Goes to
      
The Cow's Horns
The Irish Forgive Their Great Men
      
When They Are Safely Buried
It is Difficult to
      
Soothe the Proud
It is No Shame to
      
Tell the Truth
It is No Time to Go for the Doctor when
      
The Patient is Dead
It is Not the Most Beautiful Woman Who
      
Has the Most Sense
It's As Hard to See a Woman Crying As
      
It is to See a Barefooted Duck
It's Better to Be Sorry and Stay Than
      
To Be Sorry and Go Away
It's Difficult to Choose Between
      
Two Blind Goats
Its for Her Own Good
      
That the Cat Purrs
It's No Use
      
Boiling Your Cabbage Twice
It S No Use Carrying an Umbrella
      
If Your Shoes Are Leaking
Keep Your Tongue in Your Jaw
      
And Your Tow in Your Pump
A King's Son is
      
Not Nobler Than His Food
Least Said
      
Soonest Mended
Leave the Bad Tale
      
Where You Found It
A Little Pleases
      
A Poor Man
A Live Dog is
      
Better Than a Dead Lion
The Longest Road out is
      
The Shortest Road Home
Many a Defect is Seen in
      
The Poor Man
Many an Irish Property Was Increased by
      
The Lace of a Daughter's Petticoat
Many a Sudden Change
      
Takes Place on a Spring Day
Marriages Are All Happy, It's
      
Having Breakfast Together That Causes All the Trouble
Men Are Like Bagpipes
      
No Sound Comes from Them Until They're Full
A Misty Winter
      
Brings a Pleasant Spring
... a pleasant winter a misty spring
Man to the Hills
      
Woman to the Shore
A Narrow Neck Keeps
      
The Bottle from Being Emptied in One Swig
Neither Give Cherries to Pigs
      
Nor Advice to a Fool
Never Speak to the Feet
      
While the Head is Alive
Nobody Ever Bought Peace but
      
The Man Who Hadn't Got It
A Nod is As Good As
      
A Wink to a Blind Horse
No Matter Who Succeeds or Fails
      
The Peacemaker Will Always Suffer
An Old Broom Knows
      
The Dirty Corners Best
The Older the Fiddle
      
The Sweeter the Tune
The Old Pipe Gives
      
The Sweetest Smoke
One Eye in the Corner is
      
Sharper Than Two About the House
One Man's Meat is
      
Another Man's Poison
One Who is Without Cows
      
Must Be His Own Dog
The One Who Waits the Fine Day
      
Will Get the Fine Day
Patience and Forbearance Make
      
A Bishop of His Reverence
Patience Can
      
Conquer Destiny
Patience Cures
      
Many an Old Complaint
Patience is a
      
Plaster for All Sores
Patience is a Virtue
      
That Causes No Shame
Peace is
      
Worth Buying
Peace as in quietness
The Person Who Brings a Story to You
      
Will Take Away Two from You
Pity the Man Who Does Wrong
      
And is Poor As Well
Poor is
      
The Church Without Music
Poor Men Take to the Sea;
      
The Rich to the Mountains
Possession is
      
Nine-tenths of the Law
Possession
      
Satisfies
A Postponement Till Morning
      
Is a Postponement for Ever
Poverty Creates
      
Sadness
Poverty is
      
No Shame
Poverty Parts
      
Good Company
Praise the Ford when
      
You Have Crossed It
Praise the Ripe Field
      
Not the Green Corn
Pride Comes
      
Before a Fall
Pride Feels
      
No Pain
The Pride of Women and
      
The Pride of Priests
A Promise is
      
A Debt
The Proverb Cannot
      
Be Bettered
Proverbs Cannot Be
      
Contradicted
Put a Beggar on Horseback and
      
He'll Ride to Hell
Remember Even if You Lose All
      
Keep Your Good Name for if You Lose That You Are Worthless
A Scholars Ink Lasts Longer Than
      
A Martyrs Blood
See Not What You See and
      
Hear Not What You Hear
Show the Fatted Calf but Not
      
The Thing That Fattened Him
A Silent Mouth is
      
Sweet to Hear
Snuff at a Wake is Fine if
      
There's Nobody Sneezing over the Snuff Box
A Soft Dropping April
      
Brings Milk to Cows and Sheep
A Story Without an Author is
      
Not Worth Listening to
Tell the Truth and
      
Shame the Devil
There Are Finer Fish in the Sea Than
      
Have Ever Been Caught
There is No Smoke
      
Without Fire
There is Nothing in the World So Poor As
      
Going to Hell
There is Not a Tree in Heaven
      
Higher Than the Tree of Patience
There is No Virtue in
      
The Herb That is Not Got in Time
There'll Be White Blackbirds Before
      
An Unwilling Woman Ties the Knot
There Never Was an Old Slipper but
      
There Was an Old Stocking to Match It
There's No Need to Fear the Wind
      
If Your Haystacks Are Tied Down
The Thief is No Danger to
      
The Beggar
Those Who Get the Name of Rising Early May
      
Lie All Day
Though the Proverb is Abandoned,it is
      
Not Falsified
Time and Patience Would Bring
      
The Snail to Jerusalem
Time is
      
A Good Story-teller
To Be Red-haired is
      
Better Than to Be Without a Head
To Every Cow Its Calf;
      
To Every Book Its Copy
To the Fighting Man
      
Peace is Sure
To Put off Repentance is
      
Dangerous
A Trout in the Pot
      
Is Better Than a Salmon in the Sea
A Tyrone Woman Will Never Buy a Rabbit Without a Head
      
For Fear It's a Cat
A Watched Kettle
      
Never Boils
Watching is
      
A Part of Good Play
What Butter and Whiskey Will Not Cure
      
There's No Cure for
What is in the Marrow is
      
Hard to Take out of the Bone
What's Good for the Goose is
      
Good for the Gander
What Will Come from the Briar
      
But the Berry
What Would a Young Cat Do
      
But Eat Mice
When the Apple is Ripe
      
It Will Fall
When the Sky Falls
      
We'll Catch Larks
Whoever the Cap Fits
      
Takes It
A Wild Goose Never
      
Reared a Tame Gosling
A Windy Day is Not the Day for
      
Thatching
A Woman Like a Goat
      
A Woman of Rushing Visits
A Woman Like a Goose
      
Sharp Pecking Woman
A Woman Like a Lamb
      
A Quiet Friendly Woman
A Woman Like a Pig
      
A Sleepy-headed Woman
A Woman Like a Sheep
      
An Affable Friendly Woman
A Woman Like a Sickle
      
A Strong Stubborn Woman
The Wood Will Renew the
      
Foliage It Sheds
A Wren in the Hand is Better Than
      
A Crane to Be Caught
You Can Keep Away from the Rogue
      
But You Cannot Keep Yourself Safe from the Liar
You'll Never Plough a Field
      
By Turning It over in Your Mind
You Must Crack the Nuts Before
      
You Can Eat the Kernel
You Must Empty a Box Before
      
You Fill It Again
You Never Miss the Water Till
      
The Well Has Run Dry


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