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Irish Quotations, Irish Blessings, Irish Proverbs and Irish Toasts - Ireland, Emerald Isle, Irish. bring love back to you, and may all the wishes you wish come true! A world of wishes at your command. . AN OLD IRISH WEDDING BLESSING.

Wise old words from Ireland abound, and Irish blessings and sayings for weddings are no exception. Some are heart warming and tender, some are witty and charming, but all sincerely express wishes of love and happiness for the lucky couple.

In today’s blog post, I give you a world of Irish marriage wishes at your fingertips. Or better still a world of Irish wedding blessings on the tip of your tongue, so you can rhyme them off at will, as you wish the happy grooms and brides the very best for their future lives together.

Some of these sayings crossed the Atlantic many years ago, and have become more widely quoted in America than in modern Ireland.  But I hope these blessings and sayings will keep Irish eyes smiling and laughing during any wedding celebration, wherever the festivities may be.

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You may have come to my website in search of an Irish marriage prayer, an Irish wedding toast or inspiration for creating your own personal Irish wedding vow.

Or you may be father or mother of the bride-to-be, in need of a little help as you prepare a heartwarming and meaningful wedding speech.

Or you may simply wish to honor your Irish heritage during a special wedding celebration.

Whatever you search for, I hope this selection of old Irish wisdom, prayers, blessings and toasts will be helpful as you plan the Big Day. 

And so, without further ado, here’s a selection of my favorite Irish wedding blessings, some being slight variations of the same blessing.

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“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.”

~ Irish Marriage or Wedding Prayer

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“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!”

~ Irish Words of Wisdom for Weddings

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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!

~ Old Irish Wedding Blessing

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“May you always walk in sunshine.

May you never want for more.

May Irish angels rest their wings

Right beside your door.”

~ Old Irish Blessing

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“May your troubles be less,

And your blessings be more.

And nothing but happiness,

Come through your door.”

~ Old Irish Wedding Day Blessing

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“With 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.”

~Wedding Day Blessing from Ireland

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“May you both live as long as you want,

And never want as long as you live.”

~ Wise Old Words From Ireland For A Wedding

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“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.”

~ Irish Words of Encouragement for the Groom

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“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.”

~ Irish Wedding Vow

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“May the blessings of light be upon you,

Light without and light within.

And in all your comings and goings,

May you ever have a kindly greeting

From them you meet along the road.”

~ Wedding Day Blessing from Ireland

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“Be you rich or poor, quick or slow,

May you know nothing but happiness

From this day forward.

And, may the joys of today

Be those of tomorrow.”

~ Irish Wedding Wishes From Days Gone By.

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“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 forward.”

~ Traditional Irish Wedding Quotation

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“Bless you and yours,

As well as the cottage you live in.

May the roof overhead be well thatched

And those inside be well matched.”

~ Traditional Irish Wedding Toast

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“May God be with you and bless you

May you see your children’s children

May you be poor in misfortunes and rich in blessings

May you know nothing but happiness

from this day forward.”

~ Irish Marriage Blessing

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“By the power that Christ brought from heaven,

mayst thou love me.

As the sun follows its course,

mayst thou follow me.

As light to the eye,

as bread to the hungry,

as joy to the heart,

May thy presence be with me,

Oh one that I love,

`til death comes to part us asunder.”

~ Irish Wedding Vow

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“May there be a generation of children

On the children of your children.”

~ Marriage Toast From Ireland

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“May your mornings bring joy and your evenings bring peace.

May your troubles grow few as your blessings increase.

May the saddest day of your future

Be no worse than the happiest day of your past.

May your hands be forever clasped in friendship

And your hearts joined forever in love.

Your lives are very special,

God has touched you in many ways.

May his blessings rest upon you

And fill all your coming days.”

~ Wedding Wishes From Ireland

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“We swear by peace and love to stand

Heart to heart and hand to hand.

Hark, O Spirit, and hear us now,

Confirming this our Sacred Vow.”

~ The Druid’s Prayer

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 “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 the road rise to meet you

May the wind be always at your back

May the warm rays of sun fall upon your home

And may the hand of a friend always be near.

May green be the grass you walk on,

May blue be the skies above you,

May pure be the joys that surround you,

May true be the hearts that love you.

~ Traditional Irish Marriage Blessing 

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“May God give you

For every storm, a rainbow,

For every tear, a smile,

For every care, a promise,

And a blessing in each trial.

For every problem life sends,

a faithful friend to share,

For every sign, a sweet song,

And an answer for each prayer.”

To listen to this blessing in Irish (Gaelic) click here. 

 

And there you have it, a round up of Irish sayings for tying the knot.

 

Printable Sheets Available:

 

If you’d like to print these blessings as a handout just check this link.

There’s a printable PDF file available for printing.

You may also wish to check out some of my previous romantic posts on love and marriage Irish style, lessons in love from old Irish sayings, romance and the Irish, and the story of the Claddagh ring.

 

Slán agus beannacht,

(Goodbye and blessings)

 

Irish American Mom

 

P.S.  A big THANK YOU to all the photographers and wedding couples who shared their wonderful photos of Irish weddings with a creative commons license, allowing bloggers like me to use them to illustrate our work. I truly appreciate your kindness and generosity. May the sentiments of the wise old words recounted above continue to bless you each and every day.

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The Irish Wedding Blessing – Origin, Meaning & Tradition

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Blessings & Toast



Irish and Celtic blessings and toast were a large part of the celtic culture many year ago and are still a celebrated part of the celtic culture today. Irish and Scottish both used language as a gift to inspire and to lift one another up. There are so many blessigns and toast we could not list them all, but here are a few of our favorites from both Ireland and Scotland.




May you both be blessed
With the strength if heaven,
The light of the sun and the
Radiance of the moon,
The splendor of fire,
The speed fo lightning,
The depth of the sea,
The swiftness if wind,
The stability fo earth,
And the firmness of rock.




Wishing you always walls for the wind,
A roof for the rain,
Tea beside the fire,
And the love and laughter of those you hold dear.






May the blessing of light,
Be with you always,
Light without and light within,
And may the sun shine
Upon you and warm your heart
Until it glows
Like a great fire
So that others may feel
The warmth of your love
For one another.



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



May there always be work
For your hands to do.
May your purse always hold
A coin or two.
May the sun always shine
On your windowpane.
May a rainbow be certain
To follow each rain.
May the hand of a friend
Always be near you.
May God fill your heart
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Traditional Irish Wedding Blessings, Toasts and Vows for Your Big Day

celtic wedding blessings and wishes

Allow us to assist you in finding the perfect irish blessing, irish blessing quote, irish birthday blessing or irish wedding blessing for a toast, a card or even just to say in person. You may even find helpful ideas so you can write your own.

  • May everything from you engagement to your wedding day and throughout your marriage be everything you have ever dreamed of and everything God has intended.
    Engagement Wishes

  • May your mornings be filled with joy in ways you have never imagined and may you both find everything you are looking for in each other and in your own lives.
    Good Morning Wishes

  • May we always be there for eachother, even when we don't want to.
    Wedding Vows

  • May the wind in your lives never blow you from each other.
    Wedding Speeches

  • May God bless you with everything you need,
    Some things that you want and all the people that will support and love you.
    What To Write In A Wedding Card

  • May the good Lord bless you with a healthy body that will take you to where he needs you to be.
    Get Well Wishes

  • May you feel like you are 10 years younger than you are on this birthday.
    Happy Birthday Blessings

  • May this new path of your life take you to only happiness and fun.
    Retirement Sayings

  • May your blessings come in multiples and your failings be minimal.
    May you strive for greatness and always give thanks for the opportunity.
    Thanksgiving Blessing

  • May this year end on a high note and next year start with excitement.
    New Year Wishes

  • Irish Blessing

  • For each petal on the shamrock

    This brings a wish your way

    Good health, good luck, and happiness

    For today and every day.

  • May your neighbors respect you,

    Troubles neglect you,

    The angels protect you,

    and heaven accept you.

  • May your heart be warm and happy

    With the lilt of Irish laughter

    Every day in every way

    And forever and ever after.

    Here’s to health and prosperity,

    To you and all your posterity.

    And them that doesn’t drink with sincerity,

    That they may be damned for all eternity!

  • May the blessings of light be upon you,
    Light without and light within.
    And in all your comings and goings,
    May you ever have a kindly greeting
    From them you meet along the road.

    May the blessing of light be on you—

    light without and light within.

    May the blessed sunlight shine on you

    and warm your heart

    till it glows like a great peat fire.

    Old Celtic Blessing

  • Apache Blessing
    May the sun bring you new energy by day,
    May the moon softly restore you by night,
    May the rain wash away your worries
    And the breeze blow new strength into your being,
    And all the days of your life may you walk
    Gently through the world and know its beauty.
    Author Unknown
    Wedding Poems

  • The light of the Christmas star to you.
    The warmth of a 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
    An old Irish blessing
    Merry Christmas Wishes

  • May your mornings bring joy and your evenings bring peace.

    May your troubles grow few as your blessings increase.

    May the saddest day of your future

    Be no worse than the happiest day of your past.

    May your hands be forever clasped in friendship

    And your hearts joined forever in love.

    Your lives are very special,

    God has touched you in many ways.

    May his blessings rest upon you

    And fill all your coming days. 
    Wedding Blessing

  • 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.
    May green be the grass you walk on,
    May blue be the skies above you,
    May pure be the joys that surround you,
    May true be the hearts that love you.
    And until we meet again,
    May God hold you in the palm of his hand.
    Irish Prayer 
    Irish Wedding Toasts

  • 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.
    Irish Blessing
    Love Sayings

  • May winds of adversity

    Never blow open your door.

    Scottish
    Retirement Wishes

  • May the longtime sun shine on you

    All love surround you

    And the pure light within you

    Guide you on your way
    Graduation Wishes

  • 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.
    Birthday Wishes

  • May the road rise to meet you

    May the wind be always at your back

    May the sun shine warm upon your face and the rain fall soft upon your fields

    And until we meet again my friend

    May God hold you in the hollow (palm) of his hand. 
    Retirement Sayings

  • 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.
    Retirement Poems

  • May you always have enough happiness to keep you sweet,

    trials to keep you strong,

    success to make you eager,

    friends to give you comfort,

    wealth to meet your needs,

    enthusiasm to look for tomorrow,

    and a growing love
    to make each day better than the day before.
    Wedding Toasts

  • Irish Wedding Blessing

  • For each petal on the shamrock.
    This brings a wish your way good health, good luck, and happiness.
    For today and every day you are together.
    Wedding Phrases

  • Irish Marriage Blessing
    May God be with you and bless you.

    May you see your children's children.

    May you be poor in misfortunes

    and rich in blessings.

    May you know nothing but happiness

    from this day forward.
    Marriage Wishes

  • 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!

    Irish Blessing 
    Wedding Poems

  • May God give you...

    For every storm, a rainbow,

    For every tear, a smile,

    For every care, a promise,

    And a blessing in each trial.

    For every problem life sends,

    A faithful friend to share,

    For every sigh, a sweet song,

    And an answer for each prayer.

    Irish Prayer
    Wedding Wishes

  • May your you never lose yourself,
    May you grow in love and life,
    May you learn from your mistakes,
    All the while enjoying every moment of this next adventure.
    Bridal Shower Wishes

  • May God bless you forever and ever

    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!
    Bridal Shower Poems

  • May your memories bring joy,

    and your evenings bring peace.

    May your worries grow less,

    as your blessings increase.
    Marriage Poems

  • Irish Birthday Blessing

  • May the mornings rise and the sun go down with you only aging on the outside, staying youthful on the inside.
    30th Birthday Wishes

  • May your life be filled with great moments,
    May your memory never fail,
    May you live to see many wonderful things,
    May you stay strong and never frail.
    Wedding Card Messages

  • May the happiest days of your past,
    Be the saddest days of your future.
    Author Unknown
    Graduation Wishes

  • What is age, but something to count?

    Some people fight it, like climbing a mount.

    I choose to live, with dignity and grace,

    And offer a drink, to all in this place.
    Funny Birthday Poems

  • To my brother, may you be cherished by everyone who crosses your path.
    May you see what is in front of you and not take it for granted.
    May you live life to the fullest and may you always celebrate your birthday with thankfulness for the life you have been given.
    Happy Birthday Brother

  • Health and a long life to you.

    Land without rent to you.

    A child every year to you.

    And if you can’t go to heaven,

    May you at least die in Ireland.

  • When it comes to an Irish wedding blessing, expect the same rich With wishes of peace and friendship, this is just as perfect as a toast or.

    Irish Blessing In Gaelic

    celtic wedding blessings and wishes

    An Irish blessing can be used for wide variety of occasions including Saint Patrick’s Day, birthdays, anniversaries, weddings, and more. Review the list below and find one to your liking and try it out with friends, family or loved ones. Brighten someone’s day by wishing them the best.

    Our Poet’s Panel has selected the top 12 Irish blessings to start, but most will want to read through all 127.

    12 Funny Irish Blessings

    1.) May the Good Lord take a liking to you — but, not too soon.

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

    3.) Bless your little Irish heart and every other Irish part.

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

    5.) May you be a half hour in heaven before the Devil knows your dead.

    6.) When I count my blessings, I count you twice. May God bless you.

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

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

    9.) Here’s to your coffin!
    May your coffin have six handles of finest silver!
    May your coffin be carried by six fair young maids!
    And may your coffin be made of finest wood from a 100-year-old tree,
    that I’ll go plant tomorrow!

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

    11.) May the saddest day of the future be no worse than the happiest day of your past.

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

    Irish Blessing Images

     

    An Irish Blessing for Health and Prosperity

    13.) May the luck of the Irish
    Lead to happiest heights
    And the highway you travel
    Be lined with green lights.

    14.) May good luck be your friend in whatever you do and may trouble be always a stranger to you.

    15.) 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.

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

    17.) May Irish angels rest their wings right beside your door.

    18.) Here’s health and prosperity,
    To you and all your posterity,
    And them that doesn’t drink with sincerity,
    That they be damned for all eternity.

    19.) 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.

    Good Blessings

    20.) 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.

    21.) May your neighbors respect you,
    Troubles neglect you,
    The angels protect you,
    And Heaven accept you.

    22.) Health and long life to you,
    Land without rent to you,
    A child every year to you,
    If you can’t go to Heaven,
    May you die in Ireland.

    23.) May you live as long as you want,
    And never want as long as you live.

    24.) May your bed be made in heaven.

    25.) Health and long life to you,
    The woman of your choice to you,
    A child every year to you, Land without rent to you,
    And may you die in Ireland.

    26.) May your blessings outnumber the shamrocks that grow and may trouble avoid you wherever you go.

    27.) May brooks and trees and singing hills join in the chorus too, and
    every gentle wind that blows send happiness to you.

    Irish Greetings

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

    29.) That the enemies of Ireland never meet a friend.

    30.) 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!

    31.) May the good saints protect you and bless you today,
    And may troubles ignore you each step of the way.

    32.) May your pockets be heavy,
    Your heart be light,
    And may good luck pursue you
    Each morning and night,

    33.) Like the warmth of the sun And the light of the day, may the luck of the Irish shine bright on your way.

    34.) May your troubles be less and your blessings be more and nothing but
    happiness come through your door.

    35.) 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.

    Short Irish Blessings

    36.) God between us and all harm.

    37.) May the saddest day of your future be no worse
    Than the happiest day of your past.

    38.) Wishing you a pot o’ gold, and all the joy your heart can hold.

    39.) May the most you wish for be the least you get.

    40.) May you get all your wishes but one so you always have something to strive for.

    41.) If God sends you down a stony path, may He give you strong shoes.

    42.) May happiness often enter your gate and stay very late. Happy St. Patrick’s Day.

    43.) That the ten toes of your feet might always steer you clear of misfortune.

    44.) May good fortune be yours, and may your joys never end.

    45.) May your right hand always be stretched out in friendship,
    And never in want.

    Irish Birthday Blessing

    46.) May green be the grass you walk on,
    May blue be the skies above you,
    That pure be the joys that surround you,
    May true be the hearts that love you.

    47.) May you always 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.

    48.) May pleasure walk with you;
    That luck smile upon you; and
    May joy be at home in your heart.
    Happy St. Patrick’s Day.

    49.) 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.

    50.) Wherever you go and whatever you do,
    May the luck of the Irish be there with you.

    Irish House Blessing

    51.) May your home always be too small to hold all your friends.

    52.) For this home and all therein be blessed with God’s love.

    53.) May the grace of God’s protection and His great love abide within your home and within the hearts of all who dwell inside.

    54.) May your home be filled with laughter, may your pockets be filled with gold, and may you have all the happiness your Irish heart can hold.

    55.) That joy and peace surround you, contentment latch your door, and
    happiness be with you now and bless you evermore.

    56.) May the lilt of Irish laughter lighten every load,
    May the mist of Irish magic shorten every road,
    And may you taste the sweetest pleasures
    That fortune ere bestowed,
    And may all your friends remember.
    All the favors you are owed.

    57.) 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.

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

    59.) That the sun shine all day long,
    May those you love bring love back to you
    And may all the wishes you wish come true.

    Cliffs of Moher, Ireland.

    Irish Blessing for New Home

    60.) May those who love us love us.
    And those that don’t love us,
    May God turn their hearts.
    And if He doesn’t turn their hearts,
    May He turn their ankles,
    So we’ll know them by their limping.

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

    62.) A world of wishes at your command,
    God and his angels close at hand,
    Friends and family, their love impart,
    And Irish blessings in your heart.

    Traditional

    63.) 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!

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

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

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

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

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

    69.) 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!

     

    Irish Blessing May the Road Rise to Meet You

    (The classic as seen in more needle stitch works than perhaps any other verse.)

    70.) May the roads rise to meet you.
    May the wind be at your back.
    (And) May the sun shine warm upon your face;
    The rain fall soft upon your fields
    And, until we meet again,
    May God hold you in the palm of His hand.

    Irish Family Blessing

    71.) May the grace of God’s protection
    And His great love abide
    Within your home-within the hearts
    Of all who dwell inside.

    72.) 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!

    73.) 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.

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

    75.) 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.

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

    77.) 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.

    78.) 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!

    79.) 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.

    80.) May your blessings outnumber
    The shamrocks that grow.
    And may trouble avoid you
    Wherever you go.

    Irish Blessing Meme

    Irish Friendship Blessing

    81.) 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.

    82.) May you live a long life
    Full of gladness and health,
    With a pocket full of gold
    As the least of you wealth.

    83.) He who loses money, loses much;
    He who loses a friend, loses more;
    And he who loses faith, loses all.

    84.) 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.

    85.) May the dreams you hold dearest,
    Be those which come true,
    The kindness you spread,
    Keep returning to you.

    Irish Blessing Friendship

    86.) 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!

    87.) May the lilt of Irish laughter lighten every load,
    May the mist of Irish magic shorten every road,
    And may you taste the sweetest pleasures that fortune ere bestowed,
    And may all your friends remember all the favors you are owed.

    88.) That good luck be your friend
    In whatever you do
    And may trouble be always
    A stranger to you.

    89.) May the blessing of light be on you,
    light without and light within.
    May the blessed sunlight shine on you
    and warm your heart
    till it glows like a great peat fire.

    90.) That 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.

    Old Irish Blessing

    Some of these old Gaelic blessings were adapted from the breastplate of Saint Patrick. As such, many have a religious component addressing God or saints.

    91.) 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.

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

    93.) May God give you:
    For every storm, a rainbow,
    For every tear, a smile,
    And or every care, a promise,
    And a blessing in each trial.
    For every problem life sends,
    A faithful friend to share,
    For every sigh, a sweet song,
    And an answer for each prayer.

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

    95.) May joy and peace surround you,
    contentment latch your door,
    and happiness be with you now
    and bless you evermore.

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    Irish Proverbs

    96.) The best way to keep loyalty in a man’s heart is to keep money in his purse.

    97.) It’s no use boiling your cabbage twice.

    98.) Do not resent growing old, for many are denied the privilege.

    99.) God is good, but never dance in a small boat.

    100.) You’ve got to do your own growing, no matter how tall your grandfather was.

    Irish Toasts

    Many Irish toasts and blessing are virtually interchangeable.

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

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

    103.) Health and long life to you.

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

    105.) May you get the reward in Heaven that’s been denied you for your goodness here on earth.

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

    107.) May the hinges of our friendship never grow rusty.

    108.) May you be half an hour in Heaven before the Devil knows you’re dead.

    Irish Wedding Blessing

    109.) To love and laughter, and happily ever after.

    More Irish Toasts

    Irish Blessing Love

    110.) Here’s to our wives and girlfriends: May they never meet!

    111.) If I had a flower for every time I thought of you, I could walk through my garden forever.

    112.) When the roaring flames of your love have burned down to embers, may you find that you’ve married your best friend.

    113.) Happiness being a dessert so sweet, May life give you more than you can ever eat.

    114.) Wherever you go and whatever you do, May the luck of the Irish be there with you.

    Irish Christmas Blessing

    115.) May the blessing of Christmas be with you,
    May the Christ Child light your way,
    And may God’s holy angels guide you,
    And keep you safe each day.

    116.) May peace and plenty be the first to lift the latch on your door,
    And happiness be guided to your home by the candle of Christmas.

    117.) The magic of Christmas lingers on,
    Though childhood days have passed,
    Upon the common round of life
    A Holy Spell is cast.

    118.) May you be contented as Christmas finds you all the year round.

    119.) May peace and plenty be yours,
    For many a Christmas to come.

    120.) May the Virgin and her Child lift your latch on Christmas night.

    Irish Blessing Quotes

    121.) The rose and the shamrock will always remind me,
    Of lanes in the hills that I left far behind me.
    E. Gary Brooks

    122.) O, Ireland isn’t it grand you look,
    Like a bride in her rich adornin’
    And with all the pent-up love of my heart,
    I bid you top o’ the mornin’.
    John Locke

    123.) St. Patrick’s Day is an enchanted time — a day to begin transforming winter’s dreams into summer’s magic.
    A. Cook

    124.) My the clouds in your life be only a background for a lovely sunset.
    Unknown

    125.) Tis better by far at the rainbows end to find not a pot of gold, but the heart of a friend.
    Unknown

    126.) May your hearth be warm,
    Your holidays grand,
    And your heart held gently
    In the good Lord’s hand.
    Unknown

    127.) Here’s to a fellow who smiles
    when life runs along like a song.
    And here’s to the lad who can smile
    When everything goes dead wrong.
    Unknown

    Irish Blessing Summary

    A faith in God, a celebration of friendship, and an embracement of wit and fun are all on display in these Irish blessings. Make it a point to share the joy of these thoughts with others. Jot down a few of your favorites, and share them with friends and family members.

    — Michael O’Halloran

    O’Halloran’s grandfather was born near Galway, Ireland. He immigrated to the U.S. in the early 1900’s. He married an Irish-American girl from the Ryan clan, and settled in Kansas City. Apparently, the couple’s floor boards in their house needed to be replaced prematurely from so much Irish dancing that took place at their parties. O’Halloran is the editor of Greeting Card Poet, and compiled this list of Irish blessings.

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