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Irish Blessings at The Irish Gift House

Irish Blessings at The Irish Gift House

The Irish have an eloquent way about them and their blessings are almost like poetry. The Irish Gift House has assembled this collection of free Irish blessings for your enjoyment.

The Irish have a blessing or toast for every occasion and every celebration including those that hall mark the milestones in life.  From greetings to marriage and even death, a well-expressed verse in the form of a proverb or an anecdotal saying is sure to be had.

These Irish blessings often employ a bit of Irish laughter, or the sentiment of days gone by, but they are almost certain to bring a smile to your face.  Even when addressing their adversaries, the Irish put their signature touch on the subject so that even in a curse there is a blessing for someone. This artful use of the tongue is often referred to as Irish diplomacy.

Scroll down to browse the collection of Irish blessings at The Irish Gift House. This assortment ranges from proverbs to anecdotal sayings and from toasts to curses and you are most welcome to copy and use them in your next big speech, be it at a wedding or a wake.

You are also welcome to browse our assortment of Irish blessing plaques and Irish blessing gifts when you are looking for the perfect sentiment for your gift giving occasions.

Irish Blessing
Wishing you a rainbow for sunlight after showers,
miles and miles of Irish smiles
for golden happy hours,
shamrocks at your doorway
for luck and laughter too,
and a host of friends
that never ends each day your whole life through!

Irish Blessing
May your neighbors respect you,
trouble neglect you,
the angels protect you,
and heaven accept you!

Irish Blessing
Peace to friends,
and peace to kin,
peace to this home
and the family within.

Irish Blessing
Like the gold of the sun
Like the light of the day
May God's love and protection
Shine bright on your way.

An Irish Prayer
I said an Irish prayer today
Especially for you...
For family, true friends,
And faith to last your whole life through.
I asked the Lord to give you
A shelter from the storm,
And just enough of His
Good grace to keep you safe and warm.
I prayed the road would rise to meet you
All along your way- and smilin’
Irish eyes would greet you every single day.

An Irish Toast
There are good ships
And wood ships,
Ships that sail the sea,
But the best ships
Are friendships
And may they always be!

Irish Prayer Blessing
May God give you,
For every storm, a rainbow,
For every fear, 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.

An Irish Blessing
May soft be the grass you walk on,
May fair be the skies above you,
May true be the joys that surround you,
May dear be the hearts that love you.

An Irishman’s Philosophy
Why worry?  There are only two things to worry about: either you are well or you are sick. If you are well, then there is nothing to worry about: but if you are sick; there are two things for you to worry about: either you get well or you will die. If you get well, then there is nothing to worry about. If you die: then there are two things to worry about: either you go up or down. If you go up, then there is nothing to worry about. But if you go down you will be so busy shaking hands with old friends you won’t have time to worry.

An Irish 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 and,
Until, we meet again,
May God hold you in the palm of His hand.

An Irish Toast
Irish He Is
A strange blend of shyness, pride and conceit,
And stubborn refusal to bow in defeat
He’s spoiling and ready to argue and fight,
Yet the smile of a child fills his soul with delight.
His eyes are the quickest to well up in tears,
Yet his strength is the strongest to banish your fears.
His hate is as fierce as his devotion is grand,
And there is no middle ground on which he will stand.
He’s wild and he’s gentle, he’s good and he’s bad.
He’s proud and he’s humble, he’s happy and sad.
He’s in love with the ocean, the earth and the skies,
He’s enamored with beauty wherever it lies.
He’s victor and victim, a star and a clod,
But mostly he’s Irish in love with his God.

Irish Blessing
Do what makes you happy,
be with those who make you smile,
laugh as much as you breathe,
love as long as you live.

An Irish Proverb
You can accomplish more with a kind word and a shillelagh,
Than you can with just a kind word.

The Irish blessing of Céad Mile Fáilte is one hundred thousand welcomes in the Irish language.

Céad Míle Fáilte
A hundred thousand welcomes when you enter...
A hundred thousand memories when you leave...
A hundred thousand angels with you always.

An Irish Welcome Blessing
Come in the evening,
Come in the morning,
Come when expected,
Come without warning,
Thousands of welcomes
You’ll find here before you
And the oftener you come
The more we’ll adore you.

Slainté means 'good health' in the Irish language. It is also the common Irish toast and can often be heard in pubs, when glasses are clinked together in friendship.

An Irish Curse
May those who love us, love us, and those that don't,
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.

Irish Blessing
May you be in Heaven a full half hour afore the
devil knows ye’re dead

Irish Diplomacy
The art of telling someone to go to hell,
and having them look forward to the trip.

Irish Proverb
Dance as if no one were watching,
Sing as if no one were listening,
Live every day as if it were your last.

An Irish Blessing
May love and laughter light your days
and warm your heart and home,
May good and faithful friends be yours wherever you may roam,
May peace and plenty bless your world with joy that long endures,
May all life’s passing seasons
Bring the best to you and yours.

Irish House Blessing
God bless the corners of this house
And be the lintel blest; And bless the hearth, And bless the board,
And bless each place of rest. Bless each door that opens wide
To stranger as to kin; And bless each crystal windowpane
That lets the sunshine in, And bless the rooftree overhead,
And every sturdy wall. The peace of man, the peace of God,
The peace of love on all.

God bless our Irish home,
with mercy from above,
and may he grace
this humble place
with heaven's peace and love.

Bless This House
Bless this house O Lord we pray
Keep it safe by night and day
Bless these walls so firm and stout
Keeping want and trouble out
Bless the roof and chimney tall
Let thy peace be over all
Bless these windows shining bright
Letting in God’s heavenly light
Bless the folk who dwell within
Keeping them pure and free from sin
Bless us all that we may be
Fit, O Lord, to dwell with thee.

Irish Meal Prayer
Good land, good harvest, good roof above,
Good friends, good gab, Good helping of love,
Good hearts in good prayer to the good Lord upraised...
For this we give thanks-good saints be praised.

Irish Kitchen Prayer
Bless us with good food,
the gift of gab,
and hearty laughter.
May the love and joy
we share be with us ever after.
Amen

Irish Wedding Blessing
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.

An Irish Wedding Blessing
May your mornings bring joy
and your evenings bring peace.
May your troubles grow few
as your blessings increase.
May the happiest day of your future
be no worse than the happiest of your past.
May your hands be forever clasped in friendship
and your love always last.

Irish Wedding Toast
May joy and peace
surround you both,
contentment latch your door,
and happiness be with you now
and God bless you evermore.

A Home Blessing
May peace and plenty bless your home
with joy that long endures,
and may life’s passing seasons
bring the best to you and yours.

Erin Go Bragh is Ireland Forever in the Irish language.

An Irish Blessing
May you be blessed always with,
A sunbeam to warm you,
A moonbeam to charm you,
A sheltering angel,
so nothing can harm you.

An Irish Blessing
May there always be work for your hands to do.
May your purse always hold a coin or two.
May the hand of a friend always by near you.
May God fill your heart with gladness to cheer you.

An Irish Blessing
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.

An Irish Blessing
May your blessings outnumber the shamrocks that grow
and may trouble avoid you wherever you go.

An Irish Blessing
May your troubles be less and your blessings be more,
and nothing but happiness come through your door.

An Irish Blessing
May these walls be filled with laughter, may it reach from floor to rafter
and may the door be open wide to let the good Lord’s love inside.

Irish House Blessing
Bless the four corners of this house.
Bless the hearth, kitchen and place of rest.
Bless the door that opens wide to stranger and to kin.
Bless the windows and roof overhead.
Pray God’s blessing that we are always fed.

An Irish Blessing
May God grant you always a sunbeam to warm you,
A moonbeam to charm you,
A sheltering angel so nothing can harm you,
Laughter to cheer you,
Faithful friends near you,
and whenever you pray,
Heaven to hear you.

An Irish Drinking Toast
My Friends are the best friends
Loyal, willing and able.
Now let’s get to drinking!
All glasses off the table!

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

An Irish Blessing
May the sons of your sons
Smile up in your face.

An Irish Blessing
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.

An Irish Blessing
May you die in bed at 95
Shot by a jealous spouse

Mother
There is but one and only one,
Whose love will fail you never.
One who lives from sun to sun,
With constant fond endeavor.
There is but one and only one,
On earth there is no other.
In heaven a noble work was done,
When God gave us a Mother.

An Irish Mother's Blessing
God made a wonderful mother a mother who never grows old
He made her smile of the sunshine
And He molder her heart of pure gold
In her eyes He placed bright shining stars
In her cheeks fair roses you see
God made a wonderful mother
And He gave that dear mother to me

An Irish Proverb
The reason the Irish are fighting each other is,
They have no other worthy opponents.

An Irish Blessing
May your right hand always be stretched out in friendship,
But never in want.

An Irish Toast
There are only two kinds of people in the world.
The Irish and those who would like to be Irish.

An Irish Blessing
May you live to be a hundred years…
With one extra year to repent.

An Irish Blessing
May the frost never afflict our spuds,
May the leaves of your cabbage always be free from worms,
May the crows never pick your haystack,
And may your donkey always be in foal.

Dreams of Ireland
There's never a smile in Ireland where a smile is not returned,
and never a village where some old sweet wisdom is not learned.
There's never a church that is empty nor a cottage lacking laughter,
and never a meal that hasn't got some good songs to follow after.
The poorest folk all look happy, and the rich aren't high and mighty.
The old folk are blessed with young manners, and the young are never flighty.
The Irish tunes mix tears and joy, heartbreaking yet absurd,
and the brogue is at its richest, and the softest ever hear.
The landscape always calls one back, though years may intervene.
Oh, what would I not give to see that land of sunny green.

An Irish Blessing
May the saddest day of your future
Be no worse than the Happiest day of your past.

An Irish Blessing
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.

An Irish Blessing
I believe in the Sun When it is not shining,
I believe in Love Even when I feel it not,
I believe in God Even when He is silent.

An Irish Blessing
May you never forget What is worth remembering,
Or remember what is Best forgotten.

An Irish Blessing
Grandchildren are the gifts of God.
It is God’s way of compensating us for growing old.

An Irish Blessing
‘Tis better to buy a small bouquet
And give to your friend this very day,
Than a bushel of roses white and red,
To lay on his coffin after he’s dead.

An Irish Proverb
You’re not as young as you used to be But…
You’re not as old as you’re going to be.
So watch it.

An Irish Blessing
If you’re lucky enough to be Irish…
You’re lucky enough.

An Irish Blessing
Do not resent growing old.
Many are denied the privilege.

An Irish Blessing
May you have No frost on your spuds,
No worms on your cabbage,
May your goat give plenty of milk,
If you inherit a donkey, may she be in foal.

An Irish Blessing
May you be in Heaven a full half hour
afore the devil knows ye’re dead.

An Irish Blessing
I complained that I had no shoes,
Until I met a man who had no feet.

An Irish Blessing
May your live as long as you want,
And never want as long as you live.

An Irish Blessing
As you slide down the banister of life,
May the splinters never point the wrong way.

An Irish Blessing
Get on your knees,
And…Thank God you’re on your feet.

There’s an Old Irish Recipe for Longevity.
Leave the table hungry.
Leave the bed sleepy.
Leave the tavern thirsty.

An Irish Blessing
May the roof of your house never fall in,
And those beneath it Never fall out.

An Irish Blessing
We cannot share a sorrow,
If we haven’t grieved a while.
Nor can we feel another’s joy,
Until we’ve learned to smile.

An Irish Blessing
May the Luck of the Irish possess you.
May the devil fly off with your worries.
May God bless you forever and ever.

An Irish Blessing
May the Good Lord Take a liking to you,
…but not too soon

An Irish Proverb
There comes a time when you must take the bull by the tail
And face the situation squarely.

An Irish Blessing
Wherever you go and whatever you do,
may the luck of the Irish be there with you.

An Irish Blessing
May God send you good fortune,
contentment and peace and
may all your blessings forever increase

An Irish Blessing
May your home always be
too small to hold  all of your friends.

An Irish Blessing
May the grace of God's love
abide in within our home
and within our hearts.

An Irish Blessing
May you have all
the happiness and luck that
life can hold and at the end
of all your rainbows may
you find a pot of gold.

An Irish Blessing
Bless you 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

An Irish Blessing
May the grace of God's love
abide within our home&within our hearts

A Face Without Freckles
Is Like A Night Without Stars

An Irish Blessing
May the good Lord take a liking to you...but not too soon

An Irish Blessing
An Irish wish from the heart of a friend,
may good fortune be yours may your joys never end.

A Irish Wish For You
Wishing you a rainbow for sunlight after showers
miles and miles of Irish smiles for golden happy hours
shamrocks at your doorway for luck and laughter too,
and a host of friends that never ends,
each day your whole life through.

Irish Baby Blessing
O Lord, bless this child as it sleeps we pray,
and hold it close to you each day.
Let angels stand guard until it’s time to rise and
softly sing Irish lullabies.
Bless the roof and chimney tall,
let thy peace be over all.

An Irish Baby Blessing
wee little one
may you always walk in sunshine
may you never want for more.
may Irish Angels
rest their wings beside
your nursery door.

Another Irish Baby Blessing
wee little one
may you be surrounded with
sunbeams to warm you
moonbeams to charm you
and a guarding angel
so nothing can harm you.

Baby Smiles
When in sleep the baby
Smiles in a baby’s loving way.
‘Tis the angels talking to it,
So the Irish used to say.
‘Tis the angels that are whispering
What grown ups cannot hear,
Something very, very pretty
In the darling’s ear.

Irish Baby Blessing
May God guard you through each night and day
and ever watch above you...
May God smile on everything you do
and always God love you.

Irish Dancer's Blessing
May music flow through your spirit like the River Shannon.
May your body be as strong and upright as the Rock of Cashel.
May the grace of swans move your feet lightly,
And may the angels in heaven
Lift you to great heights always.

An Irish Proverb
May green be the grass you walk on,
May blue be the sky above you,
May pure be the joys that surround you.
May true be the hearts that love you.

St. Brigid's Prayer
May Brigid bless the house wherein you dwell.
Bless every fireside, every wall and door.
Bless every heart that beats beneath its roof.
Bless every hand that toils to bring it joy.
Bless every foot that walks its portals through.
May Brigid bless the house that shelters you.

St. Patrick's Breast Plate Prayer
Christ, be with me, Christ before me,
Christ behind me, Christ in me,
Christ beneath me, Christ above me,
Christ on my right, Christ on my left
Christ where I lie, Christ where I sit,
Christ where I arise.
Christ in the heart of everyone who thinks of me,
Christ in the mouth of everyone who speaks of me,
Christ in every eye that sees me,
Christ in every ear that hears me.
Salvation is of the Lord.
Salvation is of the Lord,
Salvation is of the Christ.
May your salvation, O Lord, be ever with us.

Sons and Daughters of Hibernia
We are the sons and daughters of Hibernia
proud heirs of an ancient legacy.
We've settled every corner of the globe,
driven from our homeland by famine
and oppression or simply by the
restless spirit that's our birthright.
Wherever we go,
we bring with us a love of freedom,
a melancholy humor,
a biting wit and a golden tongue.
But regardless of where destiny may take us,
We're linked to the land of our ancestors by an
ethereal thread that binds the heart
and reminds us always that we are a unique people.
We are the Irish!

Ten Commandments for the Irish
Thou shalt be loyal to family, friends and faith.
Thou shalt keep thy Irish eyes a-smilin.
Thou shalt shy away from blarney.
Thou shalt honor thy motherland.
Thou shalt see the Trinity in every shamrock.
Thou shalt halve each potato out of love.
Thou shalt be kind to wee ones everywhere.
Thou shalt be generous with blessings, song and stories.
Thou shalt follow every rainbow.
Thou shalt rest easy in the hollow of God’s hand.

We hope that you enjoyed this selection of sayings and toasts along with the occasional curse. You may find these same verses on the Irish blessing gifts that are available here at The Irish Gift House.