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The Irish are a poetic race to be sure, with as many blessings (OK, and curses, too!) floating through the air of Ireland as there are shades of green on the ground...

When not using their legendary gift of gab to crack wise or tell a joke, the Irish have no equal for bestowing words of comfort or encouragement. It is the gentle way of the Irish, grounded in a deep faith and a love of friends and family.

Here are excellent examples of blessings that mirror the extraordinary tenderness and generosity of the Irish:


May the roads 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.

Wherever you go and whatever you do,
May the luck of the Irish be there with you
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!
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 you be poor in misfortunes,
and rich in blessings,
May you know nothing but happiness,
from this day forward,
May good luck be your friend In whatever you do,
And may trouble be always a stranger to you.
Wishing you always...
Walls for the wind,
A roof for the rain,
And tea beside the fire.
Laughter to cheer you,
Those you love near you,
And all that your heart may desire.
There are good ships,
and there are wood ships,
The ships that sail the sea.
But the best ships are friendships,
And may they always be.
Here's to a long life and a merry one.
A quick death and an easy one.
A pretty girl and an honest one.
A cold pint-- and another one!
Here's to a temperance supper,
With water in glasses tall,
And coffee and tea to end with--
And me not there at all!

may the road rise to meet you in ireland
May the road rise to meet you / May the wind be always at your back ...

More Irish blessing, prayers, and toasts around the Web:

If you haven't kissed the Blarney Stone and don't have the gift of gab yourself, here are more collections of quotes, prayers, blessings (and curses!) to add color and special feeling to any St. Patrick's Day toast.

And may love and laughter light your days ....

Irish Culture and Customs - Irish Blessings
- Nice design, and the Irish blessing pages contain many original sayings, ("May you escape the gallows, avoid distress, and be as healthy as a trout") with the rest of the site a tribute to the best of Irish culture.

Gaelic and Irish Blessings - An entire collection by category, including general blessings, funeral blessings, wedding blessings, and toasts - in English and Gaelic.

Irish Blessings - The site focus is quotations, but they've managed to collect several pages of Irish blessings that will come in handy for wishing everyone a very Happy Saint Patrick's Day!

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