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Ireland Proverbs (3)

There'll be white blackbirds before an unwilling woman ties the knot.

Show the fatted calf but not the thing that fattened him.

A buckle is a great addition to an old shoe.

In winter the milk goes to the cow's horns.

Men are like bagpipes no sound comes from them until they're full.

Snuff at a wake is fine if there's nobody sneezing over the snuff box.

You must crack the nuts before you can eat the kernel.

He got it from nature as the pig got the rooting in the ground.

Often a cow does not take after its breed.

What would a young cat do but eat mice?

Nature will come through the claws, and the hound will follow the hare.

If you put a silk dress on a goat he is a goat still.

Every bird as it is reared and the lark for the bog.

What is in the marrow is hard to take out of the bone.

The wood will renew the foliage it sheds.

What will come from the briar but the berry?

The hand goes only where the leg goes.

A handstaff of holly, a buailtin of hazel,a single sheaf and a clean floor.

One who is without cows must be his own dog.

A blind man can see his mouth.

You never miss the water till the well has run dry.

A king;s son is not nobler than his food.

Keep your tongue in your jaw and your tow in your pump.

Pity the man who has a stranger's spancel on him.

To every cow its calf;to every book its copy.

Watching is a part of good play.

By degrees the castles are built.

When the apple is ripe, it will fall.

Patience cures many an old complaint.

The one who waits the fine day, will get the fine day.

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