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Posted by John on June 15, 2001

Irish as Paddy's pig. I saw the term listed here, but no discussion. My Mother would use it to mean that you're Irish. When I asked her about the origin she said, her mother used the expression to her to mean she was Irish. (Both her Mother and Father were from County Galway.)

The luck of the Irish. Does that mean good or bad luck?

Shir tail relations. I've always gathered from my mothers use that it was fro people that may be married to distant cousins.

Ham handed or ham fisted. Obviously not very dexterous, does anybody know what that means or can put it into context for me?

There are other phrases that I couldn't find here, but I've drawn a blank on recalling them.