The humble potato, it’s a vegetable that has become as synonymous with Ireland as Guinness and leprechauns.

It’s a stereotype and a cliche and it gets exaggerated a bit I think, but none of that changes the truth that the people of our nation really do like a potato!

I was thinking about this while I was cleaning the kitchen earlier and some phrases, or proverbs maybe, I don’t really know what you call them, popped into my mind. So, I thought I would write them down and share them, I also wondered, does anyone else have so much potato based wisdom in their national folklore as we do?

“You must take the little potato with the big potato. “

It just means that you have to take the bad together with the good.

“It is easy to halve a potato where there’s love.”

Cute, don’t you think?

“Only two things in this world are too serious to be jested on, potatoes and matrimony.”

This is a catholic country, people take marriage very seriously, we take the potato seriously as well!

“The three most beautiful sights:
a potato garden in bloom,
a ship under sail,
and a woman after the birth of a child.”

Not too sure I agree with this one, sailing ships are nice but a woman right after birth maybe not so much. I know that we are supposed to be glowing, but not so sure we really do!