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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 don't miss the Irish blessing plates when you are looking for the perfect sentiment for your gift giving occasions.

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.

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.

'Slainte' 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.

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.

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.

An Irishman’s Philosophy
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, there are only two things to worry about.  Either you go to heaven or hell. If you go to heaven, there is nothing to worry about. But if you go to hell,  you'll be so damn busy shaking hands with friends you won’t have time to worry!

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.

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.

A 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.

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 Blessing
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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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