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Here’s why “mad for road” is the phrase every Irish person needs in their life

On the road again.

THERE ARE SOME phrases in the Irish dialect that desperately deserve to be used more by the people of Ireland – such is their uniqueness and poetic delivery.

And one such phrase is “mad for road”.

Which, for most people, means:

madforroad2 Source:

Yes, it’s the feeling of unease when you’re stuck inside and have a burning desire to get out of the house

Usually, this involves a spin in the car

There are creative offshoots of “mad for road” which mean the same thing – like this gas number plate spotted in Galway

madfortar2 Source: Imgur

There are some that use it to let everyone know they are up for the session

That nothing is going to stop them heading out tonight

It’s a versatile phrase – but it’s the essence of it that really counts.

It’s a feeling that every Irish person experiences from time to time

So it’s helpful to have a phrase that sums it up perfectly

We can all get on board with “mad for road.”

It’s a phrase that crosses generations

And the dogs are known to get on board too

It’s been known to be used in GAA circles as well

There was even a famous horse named after it a few years ago

madforroad Source: SkySports

And a band.

So, now we know what it is, “mad for road” can take its rightful place at the top of our national slang pyramid

Mad for road.

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