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Irish Blessings and Toasts

 

May the blessings of light be upon you,

Light without and light within.

And in all your comings and goings.

 

May those who love us love us.

And those that don't love us,

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 live as long as you want,

And never want as long as you live.

 

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 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.

 

For each petal on the shamrock

This brings a wish your way

Good health, good luck, and happiness

For today and every day.

 

May God grant you always...

A sunbeam to warm you,

A moonbeam to charm you,

A sheltering angel, so nothing can harm you.

 

May you live long,

Die happy,

And rate a mansion in heaven.

 

May your glass be ever full.

May the roof over your head be always strong.

And may you be in heaven

half an hour before the devil knows you're dead.

 

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 the enemies of Ireland never meet a friend.

 

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.

 

Here's to you and yours

And to mine and ours.

And if mine and ours

Ever come across to you and yours,

I hope you and yours will do

As much for mine and ours

As mine and ours have done

For you and yours!

 

May the roof above us never fall in.

And may the friends gathered below it never fall out.

 

Here's a toast to your enemies' enemies!

 

Rye bread will do you good,

Barley bread will do you no harm,

Wheaten bread will sweeten your blood,

Oaten bread will strengthen your arm.

 

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.

 

For each petal on the shamrock

This brings a wish your way,

Good health, good luck, and happiness

For today and every day.

 

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 there be a generation of children

On the children of your children.

 

May you live to be a hundred years,

With one extra year to repent!

 

May the Lord keep you in His hand

And never close His fist too tight.

 

May your neighbors respect you,

Trouble neglect you,

The angels protect you,

And heaven accept you.

 

When we drink, we get drunk.

When we get drunk, we fall asleep.

When we fall asleep, we commit no sin.

When we commit no sin, we go to heaven.

So, let's all get drunk, and go to heaven!

 

Here's to your coffin!

May your coffin have six handles of finest silver!

May your coffin be carried by six fair young maids!

And may your coffin be made of finest wood

from a 100-year-old tree,

that I'll go plant tomorrow!

 

May the saddest day of your future be no worse

Than the happiest day of your past.

 

May there always be work for your hands to do,

May your purse always hold a coin or two.

May the sun always shine warm on your windowpane,

May a 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 your troubles be less

And your blessings be more.

And nothing but happiness

Come through your door.

 

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.

 

Bless you and yours

As well as the cottage you live in.

May the roof overhead be well thatched

And those inside be well matched.

 

May the luck of the Irish

Lead to happiest heights

And the highway you travel

Be lined with green lights.

 

May brooks and trees and singing hills

Join in the chorus, too.

And every gentle wind that blows

Send happiness to you.

 

May you be poor in misfortune,

Rich in blessings,

Slow to make enemies,

And quick to make friends.

But rich or poor,

Quick or slow,

May you know nothing but happiness

From this day forward.

 

May you have food and raiment,

A soft pillow for your head,

May you be forty years in heaven

Before the devil knows you're dead.

 

May your thoughts be as glad as the shamrocks.

May your heart be as light as a song.

May each day bring you bright happy hours,

That stay with you all year long.

 

May peace and plenty be the first

To lift the latch on your door,

And happiness be guided to your home

By the candle of Christmas.

 

May green be the grass you walk on,

May blue be the skies above you,

May pure be the joys that surround you,

May true be the hearts that love you.

 

May the face of every good news

And the back of every bad news

Be toward us.

 

Here's to the four hinges of society.

May you fight, steal, lie and drink.

When you fight, may you fight for your country.

When you steal, may you steal away from bad company.

When you lie, may you lie at the side of your sweetheart.

And when you drink, may you drink with me.

 

May the roof over our heads never fall in.

And may we as friends never fall out.

 

May you have

No frost on your spuds,

No worms on your cabbage.

May your goat give plenty of milk.

And if you inherit a donkey,

May she be in foal.

 

May you be poor in misfortune,

Rich in blessings,

Slow to make enemies,

And quick to make friends.

But rich or poor, quick or slow,

May you know nothing but happiness

From this day forward.

 

May you get all your wishes but one

so you always have something to strive for!

 

May I see you gray and combing your grandchildren's hair.

 

A sunbeam to warm you, Good luck 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.

 

May you be poor in misfortune,

Rich in blessings,

Slow to make enemies,

And quick to make friends.

But rich or poor, quick or slow,

May you know nothing but happiness

From this day forward.

 

May your heart be warm and happy

With the lilt of Irish laughter

Every day in every way

And forever and ever after.

 

There are only two kinds of people in the world,

The Irish, and those who wish they were.

 

Health and a long life to you.

Land without rent to you.

A child every year to you.

And if you can't go to heaven,

May you at least die in Ireland.

 

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.

 

Get on your knees

and thank the Lord

you're on your feet.

 

May your home always be too small to hold all your friends.

 

May the most you wish for

Be the least you get.

 

May good luck be your friend

In whatever you do.

And may trouble be always

A stranger to you.

 

May your pockets be heavy and your heart be light.

May good luck pursue you each morning and night.

 

May God grant you many years to live,

For sure He must be knowing.

The earth has angels all too few,

And heaven is overflowing.

 

May you always walk in sunshine.

May you never want for more.

May Irish angels rest their wings right beside your door.

 

As you slide down the bannister of life,

May the splinters never point the wrong way!

 

May your troubles be less

And your blessings be more.

And nothing but happiness

Come through your door.

 

May I see you gray

And combing your grandchildren's hair.

 

Wherever you go and whatever you do,

May the luck of the Irish be there with you.

 

May the hinges of our friendship never grow rusty.

 

 

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