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Irish Quotes, Blessings and Toasts


Best Irish Blessings, Sayings, Quotes and Toasts

The wit and wisdom, humor and hope of the Irish have found their way into quotes, saying, blessings, prayers and toasts to spread a bit of cheer.

These snippets and pearls of wisdom continue to be passed down and used to celebrate, to toast and to explain the ups and downs of life.

Irish quotes and blessings are used at weddings and christenings, wishes at commencement ceremonies, toasts to celebrate life and prayers at wakes, funerals and end of life services.

There are so many beautiful Irish blessings that have been passed down without attributing their original authors.

On this page I have selected some of my favorites to include on this page from the many inspiring Irish quotes that I have collected over the years.

I also found many of these encouraging and uplifting quotes on different items that can be worn, used for drinking or toasting, or put up in the home to inspire.

The ageless wisdom found in Irish quotes and sayings can be use in many different settings from pub crawls to christenings. You might also share them online and spread the cheer as your email tag line, post them as your Facebook status, tweet them on Twitter or pin products with quotes on Pinterest.

Irish Blessing Cead Mile Failte available on Amazon

Irish Clover

Image by Darkaura

Image by Darkaura

Clover in Ireland from Darkaura. Used under a Creative Commons License.

Sláinte - To Your Health on Amazon

An Irish Wish

I wish you not a path devoid of clouds,

nor a life on a bed of roses.

Not that you might never need regret,

not that you should never feel pain,

No, my wish for you is...

That you may be brave in times of trial,

When others lay crosses upon your shoulders.

When mountains must be climbed, and chasms are to be crossed,

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when hope can scarce shine through.

That every gift God gave you might grow along with you.

And let you give your gift of joy to all who care for you.

That you may always have a friend who is worth that name,

Whom you can trust, and who helps in times of sadness,

Who will defy the storms of daily life at your side.

One more wish I have for you...

That in every hour of joy and pain, you may feel God close to you.

This is my hope for you, now and forever.

Author Unknown


Variant Used for a Commencement Speech

Irish Blessing

An Irish Blessing set to music uploaded by Alessia Alexandra.

Classic Irish Blessing - May the Road Rise...

Perhaps one of the most recognized Irish Blessings, which has been reproduced on many, many Irish blessing products.

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.


4-Leaf Clover

Image by sakura_chihaya

Image by sakura_chihaya

4-Leaf Clover by sakura_chihaya. Used under a Creative Commons License.

Irish Quotes to Explain Life

Irish quotes and blessings are are brief snippets of Irish wit and wisdom. They have been passed down and become part of our culture.

Irish quotes, sayings, blessings, toasts and prayers are used to celebrate life, special occasions like weddings, christenings, to explain life's challenges and to honor the memory of those who have died at wakes, funerals and end of live ceremonies.

This lens contains a collection of my favorite Irish quotes, sayings and blessings.


Irish Quote Gifts

Bake Up Some Irish Shamrock Cookies

Shamrocks are just some of the symbols associated with good luck and St. Patrick's Day.


St Patrick Day Cookies
St. Patrick's Day is a fun occasion for baking up holiday-themed cookies. There are many different cookie shapes that symbolize St. Patrick's Day perhaps th...

Count Your Blessings

Count your blessings instead of your crosses;

Count your gains instead of your losses.

Count your joys instead of your woes;

Count your friends instead of your foes.

Count your smiles instead of your tears;

Count your courage instead of your fears.

Count your full years instead of your lean;

Count your kind deeds instead of your mean.

Count your health instead of your wealth;

Love your neighbor as much as yourself.


More Irish Blessings

May flowers always line your path

and sunshine light your day.

May songbirds serenade you

every step along the way.

May a rainbow run beside you

in a sky that's always blue.

And may happiness fill your heart each day

your whole life through.


Always remember to forget

The things that made you sad.

But never forget to remember

The things that made you glad.

Always remember to forget

The friends that proved untrue.

But never forget to remember

Those that have stuck by you.

Always remember to forget

The troubles that passed away.

But never forget to remember

The blessings that come each day.


May these walls be filled with laughter,

may it reach from floor to rafter.

May the roof keep out the rain,

may sunshine warm each windowpane.

And may the door be open wide

to let the Good Lord's love inside.


When the wind is howlin' in everyone's ears,

May you hear a soft, lilting breeze.

And if the rain is crashin' down,

May it only be dew at your knees.

If the ground 'neath your feet should quiver and shake,

I hope you'll be standin' with ease.

And never go hungry or wantin' for much;

May God grant you all that you need.


Irish Blessings - Live at Armagh Cathedral

The Classic Irish Blessing "May the road rise to meet you..." from the Priests debut self-titled album, The Priests.

Music by The Priests

The Priests are a musical group made up of three Catholic priests from Northern Ireland, Father Eugene O'Hagan and his brother Father Martin and Father David Delargy. The Priests broke the Guinness world record for the fastest selling classical debut album of all time with The Priests, the album.

The three priests have been singing together since they met as students at St. MacNissi's College in Garron Tower, County Antrim.

An Irish Blessing from Roma Downey

An Irish Blessing with Love from Romay Downey set to images by TheCoveredbridges.

Healing Blessing by Roma Downey

An Irish Blessing from Roma Downey and Phil Coulter

May the blessing of light be upon you,

Light on the outside and light on the inside.

With God's sunlight shining on you,

May your heart glow with warmth

Like a turf fire that welcomes friends and strangers alike.

May the light of the Lord shine from your eyes

Like a candle in the window, welcoming the weary traveler.

May the blessing of God's soft rain be on you,

Falling gently on your head,

Refreshing your soul with the sweetness of little flowers newly blooming.

May the strength of the winds of Heaven bless you,

Carrying the rain to wash your spirit clean,

Sparkling after, in the sunlight.

May the blessing of God's earth be on you

And as you walk the roads,

May you always have a kind word for those you meet.

May you understand the strength and power of God

In a thunderstorm in winter,

And the quiet beauty of creation

And the calm of a summer sunset.

And may you come to realize

That insignificant as you may seem in this great universe,

You are an important part of God's plan.

May He watch over you and keep you safe from harm.

By Roma Downey and Phil Coulter


Irish Blessings to Display

Irish Meal 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.


Irish Prayers

Irish Bedtime Prayer

Sleep sweet within this room,

Whoe'er thou art,

And let not dreams of yesterday

Disturb thy heart

Nor let tomorrow, With it's fear of coming ill.

Thy Maker is thy changeless friend;

His love surrounds thee still.

The stars are watching over head,

Put out each earth born-light.

Sleep sweet, good night, Good night.


Christ be with me,

Christ within me,

Christ behind me,

Christ before me,

Christ beside me,

Christ to win me,

Christ to comfort and restore me,

Christ in quiet,

Christ in danger,

Christ in hearts of all that love me,

Christ in mouth of friend and stranger.

Breast Plate of Saint Patrick


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,

fore every sigh, a sweet song,

And an answer

for each prayer.

St. Patrick Plaque and Prayer

Irish Prayer Gifts

The text of the Irish prayers on each of the gift items has been included.

Image from mairin

Image from mairin

Celtic Shamrock from mairin

Irish Sayings

The Irish seem to have a saying to celebrate or explain many aspects of life, even remembering each day to bless food.

Bless us with good food,

the gift of gab and hearty laughter.

May the love and joy we share

be with us ever after.


Here's to Your Health Toasting

Available from Amazon

Available from Amazon

Graslands Road Pilsner Glasses on Amazon.

Sláinte - To Your Health


Sláinte Plaque available on Amazon in Right Side Bar

Short Toasts and Blessings

From the simple single word toasts (which are very easy to remember), to the more elaborate toasts, the Irish have toasts that will work for many different occasions.

Sláinte - To Your Health


Cead Mile Failte - One Hundred Thousand Welcomes


May your voyage through life be as happy and free

As the dancing waves on the deep blue sea.


May your troubles be less and your blessings be more,

and nothing but happiness Come through your door.


May your neighbors respect you, trouble neglect you,

the angels protect you, and heaven accept you.

Longer Toasts and Blessings

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 beer and another one


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 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.

Toasting in Memory of a Loved One

Toasting, drinking in honor of or in memory of a person, is one of the ways of remembering the person who has died. Giving a toast when food is served after a funeral or memorial service is another way of honoring the memory of the deceased person.

May you be in heaven a full half hour

before the devil knows your dead.


That the devil mightn't hear of his death

Till he's safe inside the walls of heaven.


Always remember to forget

The things that made you sad.

But never forget to remember

The things that made you glad.


Oh, here's to other meetings,

And merry greetings then;

And here's to those we've drunk with,

But never can again.


Celtic Toasting Glasses

Irish Funeral Prayer - Death is Nothing

This prayer was taken from a sermon "Death the King of Terrors" delivered by Henry Scott Holland and delivered in St. Paul's (London) on May 15, 1910 following the death of King Edward VII. The prayer has not been derived from Irish writings, many versions of this sermon have been used at many Irish, Catholic and other funerals and memorial services.