Paddy’s Day falls this bank holiday weekend and coincides with Seachtain na Gaeilge. But do you know all the key farming phrases you should this Paddy's day?
1) “Go On!” – Lean ar aghaidh - You need to be able to move the cattle don’t you? Why not try it in Irish for the week that’s in it
2) “Suck Suck” - Súigh Súigh – Sure how else would you get the calves to come over!
3) Silage - Féar Sadhlais – Cows need silage and you need to be able to give them what they want!
4) "There’s a stretch in the evenings" – “Tá stráice ann sa tráthnóna” – Its finally here, Spring has arrived and the evenings are finally getting longer, no harm either!
5) "It’s time for tea" - Tá sé in am don tae – Who doesn’t make time for a cuppa tea? How would we survive!
6) "Will we have a bit of breakfast?" – An mbéidh bricfeásta again? – Don’t lie, we all know you are prone to the fry or two, especially on mart days. Can’t beat the canteen!
7) "Trade is not good" – Níl trádáil ró-mhaith – Unfortunately we farmers do not control prices or trade, not yet anyway!
8) "I would love a hot one" - Ba mhaith liom ceann te – It’s paddy’s day, who doesn’t enjoy the occasional adult beverage?
9) Going to do a bit of fencing - Ag dul chun fhálú a dheánamh – It has to be done and now is the time of year for it, why not shock your fellow farmers and say it in your native tongue!
10) Going for a spin - Ag dul ar feadh Casadh – who doesn’t like a good old spin into town? Us farmers don’t need any excuse to get onto the road for a while!
11) Drawing cattle –Ag bógadh an t-eallach. Last but not least, we have all heard this one at one stage and now you can say it in your native tongue. How lucky!
12) "Sorry I can't the cow is calving" - Nílim in ann, Tá an bhó i dtinneas lao. It's a valid excuse, that we have all used before, well, either that or the mart.
Not only is it paddy’s day this weekend, but it also happens to be Seachtain na Gaeilge. Sure what better way to mark the occasion than with a bit of Irish!