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25 Funny Irish Quotes and Sayings

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The Irish have a history and tradition of using funny, interesting and heartfelt well-meaning sayings in every day conversation. If you've ever indulged in good conversation with an Irishman, you'd notice this is a wonderful tradition which continues to make conversation joyous, respectful and adorable to this very day!

After travelling to Ireland many times, I have compiled a collection of my absolute favorite traditional Irish sayings and blessings for you to share and enjoy! 25 timeless, funny little Irish sayings with lovely meanings which are bound to make to you and others smile!


Irish Sayings:

  • Wherever you go and whatever you do, may the luck of the Irish be there with you.
  • May you live as long as you want and never want as long as you live.
  • May the road rise to meet you. May the wind be always at your back. May the sun shine warm upon your face. May the rains fall soft upon your fields and until we meet again, May the Lord hold you in the palm of His hand
  • May you be half an hour in Heaven before the Devil knows you're dead.
  • May good luck be with you Wherever you go , And your blessing outnumber the shamrocks that grow.
  • 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.
  • 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 with gladness to cheer you.
  • May neighbours respect you,
    Trouble neglect you,
    The angels protect you,
    And heaven accept you.
  • 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.
  • May you never forget what is worth remembering, nor ever remember what is best forgotten.
  • May your days be many and your troubles be few. May all God's blessings descend upon you. May peace be within you may your heart be strong. May you find what you're seeking wherever you roam.
  • May the saddest day of your future be no worse than the happiest day of your past.
  • May the strength of three be in your journey!
  • 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.
  • May the hinges of our friendship never grow rusty!
  • May your troubles be less and your blessings be more, and nothing but happiness come through your door.
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • May good luck be your friend in whatever you do, and may trouble always be a stranger to you!
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 lifelong!
  • May you live long, die happy, and rate a mansion in heaven.
  • May your pockets be heavy and your heart be light, may good luck pursue you each morning and night.


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© 2010 StrictlyQuotes


Anita Gough on March 12, 2019:

Love it up limerick

Jokylu from Waratah North, Victoria. on July 08, 2011:

Great hub, we wnet to an Irish night in our local hall the other night and heard some of these at that. We have a real love for all things Irish, ( music, dancing and the verse )

Thankyou for a lovely collection

William Thomas from That Great Primordial Smash UP of This and That Which Gave Rise To All Beings and All Things! on May 15, 2011:

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I love the sheer positivity! And yet these invocations are not overbearingly sentimental, if you know what I mean. The sheer gladness is a much needed antidote to the nastiness one often finds on the Internet, and I'm sorry to say it, even on beloved HP (in the forums), these days.

Good Job! Voted up for awesome and beautiful

Balinese from Ireland on May 01, 2011:

Lol - i love it - thanks for Sharing on November 06, 2010:

I really enjoyed ..Thanks for sharing !!

simon on September 21, 2010:

This has to be my best.

May those who love us love us,

and those who do not love us,

may God turn their hearts,

and if He cannot turn their hearts

may He turn their ankles

...that we may know them by their limping.

~Irish Prayer

Galadriel Arwen from USA on April 15, 2010:

An Irish Toast

Here's to health, peace and prosperity.

May the flower of love never be nipped

by the frost of disappointment,

nor shadow of grief

fall among your family and friends.

May you be poor in misfortune,

rich in blessings,

slow to make enemies and

quick to make friends.

And may you know nothing but happiness

from this day forward.

May your home always be

too small to hold all your friends.

Michael Shane from Gadsden, Alabama on April 06, 2010:

Enjoyed your Irish hub! Great read!

Money Glitch from Texas on March 18, 2010:

Great Hub, with some saying that made me smile.:) I always like the one about being in heaven a half an hour before the devil knows you're dead.

However, I think this will be my favorite for the rest of the year. "May the strength of three be in your journey!" Those few words have a lot of meaning. Thanks for sharing!:)

Cassandra Mantis from UK and Nerujenia on March 18, 2010:

Great to hear some of these again! I miss these funny quotes! Lots of my friends are paddys and patricias! : )

lurpak34 from Hastings, UK on March 10, 2010:

Nice hub Stricktly...

I leave you with a little piece of advice from old Mrs Murphy: "a woman who thinks a way to a man's heart is through his stomach is aiming that little bit too high."

Sherbet Penny from Galway, Ireland. on March 10, 2010:

Great hub, though I've never really heard any of them lol, must have closed ears, Really like "May good luck be your friend in whatever you do, and may trouble always be a stranger to you!" pretty cool, great stuff.

Cathi Sutton on March 10, 2010:

May your coffin be built from a hundred year old tree that I'll go plant tomorrow. Great Hub!

carolina muscle from Charlotte, North Carolina on March 09, 2010:

I love it!! Erin Go Bragh!

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