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February 16, 2019 1st Anniversary Wishes 1 comment

In Ireland, one of the most commonly used phrases around the holidays is " Happy If one were to wish someone a "Happy New Year," he or she would say: .

The start of the New Year is traditionally a time when people take stock of themselves and their achievements. Questions will be asked: another year over, are we really happy, are we really doing the things we want and living the lives we intended? Human nature being what it is, the answer to these questions is more often no than yes. Even the greats like John Lennon can feel they aren’t achieving their goals. As he said in the song Merry Christmas: War is Over;

Another year over, and what have we done?
Another year older, we’ve hardly begun.

Such assessments often result in a flurry of New Year resolutions in which we determine to rid ourselves of our faults and failings and make a fresh start. Then 12 months later, we take stock again and the whole process begins anew.
Should we be too self-critical at this time of year? Almost certainly not. To err is human and after all, no one is perfect and no one ever will be.
Thankfully, Ireland and the world has plenty of advice and inspirational quotes to put us in a positive frame of mind. These are some of our favourite New Year wishes. We hope you like them. Take those that appeal and ignore those that don’t.
But whatever you do, don’t be too hard on yourself. You’re almost certainly doing better than you give yourself credit for. And if some of your good intentions don’t work out, don’t worry, you can always start again next year.

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“Ring out the old, ring in the new,
Ring, happy bells, across the snow:
The year is going, let him go;
Ring out the false, ring in the true.” ~ Lord Tennyson

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“Glory to God in highest heaven,
Who unto man His Son hath given;
While angels sing with tender mirth,
A glad new year to all the earth.” ~ Martin Luther

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“Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow.” ~ Albert Einstein
“Each age has deemed the new-born year The fittest time for festal cheer.” ~ Walter Scott

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“Write it on your heart that every day is the best day in the year.” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

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This New Year I wish that God
Showers you with His choicest Blessings,
Fate never takes you for a bumpy ride,
Cupid strikes you with his sweetest arrow,
Lady Luck bestows upon you health and wealth,
Your Guardian Angel keeps your mind alert and bright.

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Out with the old,
In with the new,
May you be happy the whole year through.
Happy New Year!

Don’t forget the past, learn from it.

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“For last year’s words belong to last year’s language And next year’s words await another voice. And to make an end is to make a beginning.” ~ T.S. Eliot (Little Gidding)
A new year is like a blank book. The pen is in your hands. It is your chance to write a beautiful story for yourself.

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“Yesterday is gone. Tomorrow has not yet come. We have only today. Let us begin.” ~ Mother Teresa
No one can go back in time to change what has happened. So work on your present to make yourself a wonderful future.

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Here’s Van Morrison with Celtic New Year

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New Year in Ireland – Traditions and Customs

irish new year wishes

Blessings have been associated with Irish culture for a long time. They are part of the tradition in Ireland of using words to show that we care about others. This is why the Irish are known for toasts, greetings and farewells which wish good health and good luck for loved ones.

From Gaelic to English

Blessings in Ireland were originally part of the Gaelic language tradition. However, as more and more Irish people have adopted English as their first language, the custom of blessings has moved into using English words to express Irish feelings. Irish blessings can relate to all kinds of good wishes for the future, and they are traditionally used at weddings, funerals, christenings and other important life events.


Christmas is also a time of year when blessings are used. Usually, Irish Christmas blessings wish good luck and good health for the new year to come. Christmas is a very important time of year in Irish culture; it is a time of family unity and remembering friends near and far.

Irish people usually gather together with family for a big meal on Christmas Day. Absent loved ones can be remembered with a toast or blessing. Cards and presents are also exchanged. You can find a link to ideas for celebrating Christmas Irish-style later in this article.

Wish Your Friends Health and Good Cheer With These Blessings

Traditional Irish Christmas blessings are a great way to let friends know you are thinking of them and wish them health and good cheer in the year to come. There are a selection of traditional Irish Christmas blessings below, followed by instructions on how to wish someone a Merry Christmas in Gaelic/Irish language and some ideas for Irish Christmas poems that you can use in your Christmas cards this year. There is even a video at the end of the article to help you with pronouncing Christmas greetings in Gaelic (Irish language).

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New Year's Eve Toasts and Quotes

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Here's a nice selection of Irish quotations, Irish Blessings, Irish Proverbs, and Irish Toasts. Enjoy them and quote them often. If you would like to buy some special Irish gifts, visit the Bit O'Heaven Irish online gift store.


May you always have walls for the winds,
a roof for the rain, tea beside the fire,
laughter to cheer you, those you love near you,
and all your heart might desire.

May St. Patrick guard you wherever you go,
and guide you in whatever you do--
and may his loving protection be a blessing to you always.

May the road rise to meet you,
May the wind be always at your back,
May the sun shine warm upon your face,
The rains fall soft upon your fields and,
Until we meet again,
May God hold you in the palm of His hand.

May you have love that never ends,
lots of money, and lots of friends.
Health be yours, whatever you do,
and may God send many blessings to you!

May the sun shine, all day long,
everything go right, and nothing wrong.
May those you love bring love back to you,
and may all the wishes you wish come true!

May your feet never sweat,
your neighbor give you ne're a treat.
When flowers bloom, I hope you'll not sneeze,
and may you always have someone to sqeeze!

I-rish you a very nice place to live,
I-rish God's greatest gifts he'll give.
I-rish you health, and wealth, and more--
I-rish your smilin' face were at my door!

May you have:
A world of wishes at your command.
God and his angels close to hand.
Friends and family their love impart,
and Irish blessings in your heart!

May you alway walk in sunshine.
May you never want for more.
May Irish angels rest their wings right beside your door.

May God grant you many years to live,
For sure he must be knowing.
The earth has angels all too few.
And heaven is overflowing.

May you have the hindsight to know where you've been
the foresight to know where you're going
and the insight to know when you're going too far.

May God grant you always...
A sunbeam to warm you,
A moonbeam to charm you,
A sheltering angel, so nothing can harm you.

May you have warm words on a cold evening,
a full moon on a dark night,
and the road downhill all the way to your door.

May your pockets be heavy and your heart be light.
May good luck pursue you each morning and night.

For each petal on the shamrock.
This brings a wish your way
Good health, good luck, and happiness
For today and every day.

May the Irish hills caress you.
May her lakes and rivers bless you.
May the luck of the Irish enfold you.
May the blessings of Saint Patrick behold you.

May peace and plenty be the first,
To lift the latch to your door.
And happiness be guided to your home,
By the candle of Christmas.

May the embers from the open hearth warm your hands,
May the sun's rays from the Irish sky warm your face,
May the children's bright smiles warm your heart,
May the everlasting love I give you warm your soul.

May you always have work for your hands to do.
May your pockets hold always a coin or two.
May the sun shine bright on your windowpane.
May the rainbow be certain to follow each rain.
May the hand of a friend always be near you.
And may God fill your heart with gladness to cheer you.

May your thoughts be as glad as the shamrocks,
May your heart be as light as a song,
May each day bring you bright, happy hours,
That stay with you all the year long.

Leprechauns, castles, good luck and laughter.
Lullabies, dreams and love ever after.
A thousand welcomes when anyone comes...
That's the Irish for You!

May the good saints protect you,
And bless you today.
And may troubles ignore you,
Each step of the way.

May joy and peace surround you,
Contentment latch your door,
And happiness be with you now,
And bless you evermore.

May the saint protect ye-
An' sorrow neglect ye,
An' bad luck to the one
That doesn't respect ye
t' all that belong to ye,
An long life t' yer honor-
That's the end of my song t' ye!

May good luck be your friend
IN whatever you do.
And may trouble be always
A stranger to you.

May your blessings outnumber
The Shamrocks that grow.
And may trouble avoid you
Wherever you go.

These things, I warmly wish for you-
Someone to love, some work to do,
A bit of o' sun, a bit o' cheer.
And a guardian angel always near.

Whenever there is happiness
Hope you'll be there too,
Wherever there are friendly smiles
Hope they'll smile on you,
Whenever there is sunshine,
Hope it shine especially for you to make each day
for you as bright as it can be.

May your troubles be less,
And your blessing be more.
And nothing but happiness,
Come through your door.

May brooks and trees and singing hills
Join in the chorus too,
And every gentle wind that blows
Send happiness to you.

Lucky stars above you,
Sunshine on your way,
Many friends to love you,
Joy in work and play-
Laughter to outweigh each care,
In your heart a song-
And gladness waiting everywhere
All your whole life long!

When the first light of sun-
Bless you.
When the long day is done-
Bless you.
In your smiles and your tears-
Bless you.
Through each day of your years-
Bless you.

May the raindrops fall lightly on your brow.
May the soft winds freshen your spirit.
May the sunshine brighten your heart
May the burdens of the day rest lightly upon you.
And may God enfold you in the mantle of His love.

He who loses money, loses much;
He who loses a friend, loses more;
He who loses faith, loses all.

May you enjoy the four greatest blessings:
Honest work to occupy you.
A hearty appetite to sustain you.
A good woman to love you.
And a wink from the God above.

May the wings of the butterfly kiss the sun.
And find your shoulder to light on.
To bring you luck, happiness and riches.
Today, tomorrow and beyond.

May you live a long life
Full of gladness and health,
With a pocket full of gold
As the least of you wealth.
May the dreams you hold dearest,
Be those which come true,
The kindness you spread,
Keep returning to you.

May the friendships you make,
Be those which endure,
And all of your grey clouds
Be small ones for sure.
And trusting in Him
To Whom we all pray,
May a song fill your heart,
Every step of the way.


May God be with you and bless you.
May you see your children's children.
May you be poor in misfortune, rich in blessings.
May you know nothing but happiness.
From this day forward.


I have known many, liked not a few, loved only one, I drink to you.

May you live as long as you want, and never want as long as you live.

May the grass grow long on the road to hell for want of use.

May you live to be a hundred years, with one extra year to repent.

As you slide down the banisters of life may the splinters never point the wrong way.

May your troubles be as few and as far apart as my Grandmothers teeth.

May the roof above us never fall in, and may we friends gathered below never fall out.

May there be a generation of children on the children of your children.

May the Lord keep you in His hand and never close His fist too tight.

May your neighbors respect you, Trouble neglect you, The angels protect you, And heaven accept you.

May your pockets be heavy and your heart be light, may good luck pursue you each morning and night.

May the strength of three be in your journey.

In the New Year, may your right hand always be stretched out in friendship and never in want.

Here's that we may always have a clean shirt, a clean conscience, and a guinea in our pocket.

May I see you grey and combing your children's hair.

May you die in bed at ninety-five years, shot by a jealous husband(or wife).

May your doctor never earn a dollar out of you and may your heart never give out. May the ten toes of your feet steer you clear of all misfortune, and before you're much older, may you hear much better toasts than this.

May you have the hindsight to know where you've been, the foresight to know where you're going and the insight to know when you're going too far.

May you be poor in misfortune, rich in blessings, slow to make enemies, quick to make friends. But rich or poor, quick or slow, may you know nothing but happiness from this day foward.

May the frost never afflict your spuds. May the outside leaves of your cabbage always be free from worms. May the crow never pick your haystack, and may your donkey always be in foal.

May the sound of happy music, And the lilt of Irish laughter, fill your heart with gladness, that stays forever after.

May the hinges of our friendship never grow rusty.

May you live long, Die happy, And rate a mansion in heaven.

Beautiful young people are acts of nature, But beautiful old people are works of art.


Here's to me, and here's to you,
And here's to love and laughter-
I'll be true as long as you,
And not one moment after.

May your glass be ever full.
May the roof over your head be always strong.
And may you be in heaven half an hour before the devil knows you're dead.

Here's to you and yours, and to mine and ours.
And if mine and ours ever come across to you and yours,
I hope you and yours will do as much for mine and ours,
As mine and ours have done for you and yours!

When we drink, we get drunk.
When we get drunk, we fall asleep.
When we fall asleep, we commit no sin.
When we commit no sin, we go to heaven.
So, let's all get drunk, and go to heaven!

Here's to our wives and girlfriends:
May they never meet!


* A drink precedes a story.

* Time is a great story teller.

* A friend's eye is a good mirror.

* Even a small thorn causes festering.

* Good as drink is, it ends in thirst.

* It is a long road that has no turning.

* As the big hound is, so will the pup be.

* A trade not properly learned is an enemy.

* Put silk on a goat, and it's still a goat.

* When the liquor was gone the fun was gone.

* There is no fireside like your own fireside.

* It is not a secret if it is known by three people.

* It takes time to build castles. Rome was not built in a day.

* The man with the boots does not mind where he places his foot.

* If you do not sow in the spring you will not reap in the autumn.

* When a twig grows hard it is difficult to twist it. Every beginning is weak.


"St. Patrick's Day is an enchanted time -- a day to begin transforming winter's dreams into summer's magic."~~By Adrienne Cook.~~

"Ireland is rich in literature that understands a soul's yearnings, and dancing that understands a happy heart."~~By Margaret Jackson.~~

"Only Irish coffee provides in a single glass all four essential food groups: alcohol, caffeine, sugar, and fat."~~By Alex Levine.~~

"Maybe it's bred in the bone, but the sound of pipes is a little bit of heaven to some of us."
~~By Nancy O'Keeefe.~~

"In Ireland the inevitable never happens and the unexpected constantly occurs."
~~By Sir John Pentland Mahaffy.~~

"There is no language like the Irish for soothing and quieting."~~By John Millington Synge.~~


There are many good reasons for drinking,
One has just entered my head-
If a man doesn't drink when he's living,
How the hell can he drink when he's dead?

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Here are over 300 Irish toasts, quotes, blessings, proverbs, and assorted other good news and the back of every bad news be toward us in the New Year. Irish.

Irish Toasts & Quotes

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Gaelic Matters > Irish Toasts

Irish Toasts for all occasions

Irish Toasts are both poetic and creative. We have put together a list of Gaelic and Irish drinking toasts, many humorous and funny, for Christmas, New Years and other special occasions. We have so many that I have put Irish Birthday Toasts and Irish Wedding Toasts on separate pages of their own.

Irish Toasting

Toasting in Ireland is often a very understated thing, done quietly among a couple of friends with warmth, humour and sincerity. Unlike in many movies, the chat of the whole bar is generally not (and should not) be stopped. Choosing the right time and moment for a toast is vital, so as not to interrupt the flow of good conversation!

The toasts I include below are pretty traditional. But feel free to play with them and alter them to suit the moment. From days spent working in my father's pub in Co. Wicklow, I remember the best toasts as the ones which were spiced with a little creativity.

I also give the Gaelic version of some toasts, particularly where short or quite well-known. For these Irish toasts, I include a rough pronunciation guide. Just remember that 'ch' in Gaelic is like the 'ch' in 'loch', not as in chalk. If you can't manage that, pronounce as a 'k' to be understood.

Note on Queen's Toast

There will be few toasts as significant as that which ended the Queen's  speech in Dublin back in 2011. She even began with a few words of Gaelic which was significant when you consider what was a fairly good effort by the British to eliminate the language over the centuries. Also, in fairness to her, she addressed the deeper issues of the pain caused on both sides. It was great to see, a positive step.

Christmas and New Years Toasts

Happy Christmas to you!

Nollaig shona dhuit!
(pronounced Null-ig hun-ah gwit)

A prosperous New Year to you!

Athbhliain faoi mhaise duit!
(Aw-vlee-an fee vosh-eh gwit)

The light of the Christmas star to you 
The warmth of home and hearth to you 
The cheer and good will of friends to you 
The hope of a childlike heart to you 
The joy of a thousand angels to you 
The love of the Son and 
God's peace to you.

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St Patrick's Day Drinking Toast

Blessing of St. Patrick's Day on you

Beannachtaí na Féile Pádraig oraibh!
pronounced Ban-awch(k)-tee nah Fay-leh Paw-rig ur-iv!)

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Irish Drinking Toasts

A bird never flew on one wing

Explanation: What you say to someone to encourage them to have a second drink.

When money's tight and hard to get,
and your horse is also ran,
When all you have is a heap of debt,
a pint of plain is your only man
(Myles na Gopaleen aka Flann O Brien aka Brian Ó Nualláin)

Fad saol agat, gob fliuch, agus bás in Éirinn.
(Pronounced Fawd say-al aw-gut, gub fluch(k) aw-gus bawss in Ay-rinn)

Let's be drinking!

Beimid ag ól!
(Pronounced Beh-mid egg ole)


I drink to your health when I'm with you,
I drink to your health when I'm alone,
I drink to your health so often,
I'm starting to worry about my own!


May you always have a clean shirt, a clear conscience, and enough coins in your pocket to buy a pint!

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Toasts for other and any occasion

May we be alive at this same time again next year

Go mbeirimíd beo ar an am seo arís
Pronounced Guh mer-i-meed byoh er an am shoh areesh

Health! (Cheers)

(Pronounced Slawn-che)

One hundred thousand welcomes!

Céad Míle Fáilte!
(Pronounced Kayde Mee-leh Fall-che)


What is Irish diplomacy?
It’s the ability to tell a man to go to hell,
So that he will look forward to making the trip.

May the road rise to meet you.
May the wind be always at your back.
May the sun shine warm upon your face.
And rains fall soft upon your fields.
And until we meet again,
May God hold you in the hollow of His hand.

May your right hand always
Be stretched out in friendship
And never in want.

May you have nicer legs than yours under the table before the new spuds are up.

Explanation: Irish toast, said to a single man

May misfortune follow you the rest of your life, and never catch up!

May you live as long as you want and never want as long as you live! 

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Funny Irish Toasts

I drink to your health when I'm with you,
I drink to your health when I'm alone,
I drink to your health so often,
I'm starting to worry about my own!

There's no cure for love except to marry

Níl aon leigheas ar an ngrá ach pósadh.
(Pronounced Neel ane lie-ass er on nraw awch(k) poe-sah

May all your ups and downs be under the sheets.

May a mouse never leave your meal bag with a tear in its eye!

Love is blind but marriage restore eyesight!

May the good Lord take a liking to you...
But not too soon!

It is better to spend money like there's no tomorrow
than to spend tonight like there's no money.

May your glass be ever full.
May the roof over your head be always strong.
And may you be in heaven half an hour before the
devil knows you're dead.

May the good Lord take a liking to you...
But not too soon!

Here's to our wives and girlfriends…
May they never meet!


If you have a favorite Irish toast that I haven't included, I would love to hear from you. So contact me!

And remember it's hard to toast when you are too drunk too speak - so drink sensibly!

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Pages related to Irish Toasts

Find out about the best Irish whiskey brands and a little of the history of 'uisce beatha'.

Irish blessings are often used as toasts. Check out our Irish Blessings page and our Irish Marriage and Wedding blessings page.

We have created separate Irish Birthday Toasts and Irish Wedding Toasts pages where you will find lots of other great and free Irish toasts to celebrate special occasions with.

And we have lots of great Irish proverbs on our Famous Irish Sayings, our Irish Love Sayings and Gaelic Sayings pages which really must have a look at, plenty for any occasion.

Visit our Irish Love Poems and Irish Wedding Poems pages for poetry, verse and songs of love, many translated from Gaelic

Gaelic Matters > Irish Toasts

Just a few days after the Queen of England visited Ireland in May 2011, President Obama visited Moneygall, home of his ancestors to have a pint of Guinness in a local pub. He toasted in the traditional way 'Sláinte' and even paid for his own pint!

Obama's Sláinte toast
Ireland visit 2011

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