Happy St Patrick’s Day to my Irish friends and to everyone else who, like me, loves the Irish!

What better day than today to share some

Irish Blessings Proverbs and Sayings

If you want praise, die. If you want blame, marry.

If you’re enough lucky to be Irish… You’re lucky enough!

A man may live after losing his life but not after losing his honour.

You’ve got to do your own growing, no matter how tall your father was.

It is often that a person’s mouth broke his nose.

It is better to spend money like there’s no tomorrow than to spend tonight like there’s no money!

It’s easy to halve the potato where there’s love.

Lose an hour in the morning and you’ll be looking for it all day.

There are only two kinds of people in the world, the Irish and those who wish they were.

Better good manners than good looks.

Do not resent growing old. Many are denied the privilege.

Drink is the curse of the land. It makes you fight with your neighbor. It makes you shoot at your landlord – and it makes you miss him.

Irish diplomacy is the ability to tell a man to go to hell so that he looks forward to making the trip.

Life is like a cup of tea, it’s all in how you make it!

In heaven there is no beer. That’s why we drink it here!

Always remember to forget the friends that proved untrue. But never forget to remember those that have stuck by you.

An old Irish recipe for longevity: Leave the table hungry. Leave the bed sleepy. Leave the bar thirsty.

Where the tongue slips, it speaks the truth.

may your blessings

A good laugh and a long sleep are the two best cures.

If it’s drowning you’re after, don’t torment yourself with shallow water.

Lose an hour in the morning and you’ll be looking for it all day.

Honey is sweet, but don’t lick it off a briar.

The older the fiddle the sweeter the tune.

Better be sparing at first than at last.

If you buy what you don’t need you might have to sell what you do.

Seeing is believing, but feeling is the God’s own truth.

You must take the little potato with the big potato.

Who keeps his tongue keeps his friends.

Better good manners than good looks.

It is more difficult to maintain honour than to become prosperous.

Forgetting a debt doesn’t mean it’s paid.

Better the trouble that follows death than the trouble that follows shame.

If you come up in this world be sure not to go down in the next.

Lie down with dogs and you’ll rise with fleas.

You’ll never plough a field by turning it over in your mind.

Pity him who makes an opinion a certainty.

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.

May you always have a clean shirt, a clear conscience, and enough coins in your pocket to buy a pint!

May neighbours respect you, trouble neglect you, the angels protect you, and Heaven accept you.

May the road rise up to meet you, may the wind be ever at your back.

May the sun shine warm upon your face and the rain fall softly on your fields.
And until we meet again, May God hold you in the hollow of his hand.

May you have the hindsight to know where you’ve been, the foresight to know where you are going, and the insight to know when you have gone too far.

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!

May love and laughter light your days, and warm your heart and home.

may the road rise up to meet you
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 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.

May you live as long as you want and never want as long as you live.

May your heart be light and happy, may your smile be big and wide, and may your pockets always have a coin or two inside!

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 you get all your wishes but one, so that you will always have something to strive for!

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 you.
Faithful friends near you.
And whenever you pray,
Heaven to hear you.

May you die in bed at 95, shot by a jealous spouse.

May you live to be 100 years, with one extra year to repent.

May the saddest day of your future be no worse than the happiest day of your past.

If God sends you down a stony path, may he give you strong shoes.

May God bless and keep in good health your enemies’ enemies.

May the Good Lord take a liking to you … but not too soon!

May your blessings outnumber the shamrocks that grow, and may trouble avoid you wherever you go.

May the blessings of each day be the blessings you need most.

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 the year long.

May the roof above you never fall in, and those gathered beneath it never fall out.

May misfortune follow you the rest of your life, and never catch up.

May the luck of the Irish be with you!

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