Irish road signs in pictures.

When you’re courageous enough to rent a car in Ireland, you won’t only be confused once you hit the road but you will also be very amused! Take a look at the pictures of the Irish road signs to see what you can expect.

In Gaeltachtaí the road signs are only in Irish so make sure you have an appropriate map.

In Gaeltachtaí the road signs are only in Irish so make sure you have an appropriate map.

The old and the new.

The old and the new.

One is in An Ghaeltacht and one isn't.

One is in An Ghaeltacht and one isn't.

The sign dump!

Sick of your road sign? Dump it here for €9.99 per week!

Sick of your road sign? Dump it here for €9.99 per week!

Irish fear and respect for the signs…

No fear whatsoever.

No fear whatsoever.

Obey the rules or you'll pay!

Obey the rules or you'll pay!

Make sure you don't park in areas liable to flooding!

Make sure you don't park in areas liable to flooding!

A selection of non-road signs, but amusing nonetheless.

At the Cliffs of Moher.

At the Cliffs of Moher.

Don't fall over the cliff!

Don't fall over the cliff!

Scoop the poop! (A poet and don't know it?)

Scoop the poop! (A poet and don't know it?)

Back on the road! The roads in Ireland can rarely take the speed limit. Sometimes the safe speed is the actual speed limit halved.

For example here...

For example here...

...or here...

...or here...

Sometimes they try to confuse you:

Like in this case.

Like in this case.

And sometimes they’re not completely sure themselves which way the sign should be facing:

?!?!??

?!?!??

What they meant to say was: Road WAS flooded (months ago).

What they meant to say was: Road WAS flooded (months ago).

Leprechauns this way!

Leprechauns left!

Leprechauns left!

And cows to the right.

And cows to the right.

Some serious signs now!

Well, soomebody didn't see the sign!

Well, soomebody didn't see the sign!

Tiomáin go mall (drive slowly).

Tiomáin go mall (drive slowly).

You'll know to go slowly when the car turns upside down. Which is useful, I guess...

You'll know to go slowly when the car turns upside down. Which is useful, I guess...

I think James Joyce ran out of paper and started writing one of his novels here.

I think James Joyce ran out of paper and started writing one of his novels here.

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There are 3 comments for this post.
  1. Comment #1
    AJ on March 26, 2010 at 4:27 pm

    Ar fheabhas!

  2. Comment #2
    Danny on May 14, 2010 at 10:45 am

    I have been to ireland but only to the urban area:( I guess I miss the fun in the small town

  3. Comment #3
    Julie on September 8, 2011 at 12:29 pm

    Love the signs. Hope that they never remove them. I Drive all over Ireland. Always take a wrong turn or two. But always get where We’re going. It’s all apart of the fun!!

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