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Irish Blessings and Toasts

May the grass grow long on the road to hell for want of use.

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 you live to be a hundred years, with one extra year to repent.

May you never lie, cheat, or drink. But if you must lie, lie in each other's arms. If you must cheat, cheat death. And if you must drink, drink with all of us

Dance as if no one were watching,
Sing as if no one were listening,
And live every day as if it were your last.

May you never forget what is worth remembering,
Or remember what is best forgotten.

To err is Human. To really foul things up requires the root password.

I am not irish, but wish i was.

Here it is:
May your pockets be heavy and your heart be light,
May good luck pursue each morning and night.


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 you,
here's to me,
the best of friends we'll always be.
But if we ever disagree,
forget you,
here's to ME!!

May the roof above us never fall in, and may we friends gathered below never fall out.

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.

Moon Blessing for Animals

When I see the new moon,
It becomes me to lift mine eye,
It becomes me to bend my knee,
It becomes me to bow my head.
Giving thee praise, thou moon of guidance,
That I have seen thee again,
That I have seen the new moon,
The lovely leader of the way.
Many a one has passed beyond
In the time between the two moons,
Though I am still enjoying earth,
Thou moon of moons and of blessings.
F. Marian MacNeil

I say the blessing of Brighid
That she placed about her calf and her cows,
About her horses and her goats,
About her sheep and her lambs:

Each day and night, in cold and heat,
Each day and night, in light and darkness,
Keep them from marsh, keep them from rocks,
Keep them from pits, keep them from banks;
Keep them from harm, keep them from jealousy,
Keep them from spell, from North to South;
Keep them from poison, from East to West
Keep them from envy,
And from all harmful intentions.

--from Carmina Gadelica

The Blessing of the Three

The blessing-help of the Three upon my wishing,
The blessing-help of the Three upon my willing,
The blessing-help of the Three upon my walking,
and upon my knees that they
may never weaken.
--Traditional Irish Blessing


Blessing for a Friend Blessing for Guidance

Power of raven be yours,
Power of eagle be yours,
Power of the Fianna.
Power of storm be yours,
Power of moon be yours,
Power of sun.
Power of sea be yours,
Power of land be yours,
Power of heaven.
Goodness of sea be yours,
Goodness of earth by yours,
Goodness of Heaven.
Each day by joy to you,
No day be sad to you,
Honor and tenderness.
--Celtic Blessing

Great Bran, whose head sang for his followers for years
unnumbered upon the Island of Gwales in Caer-Siddi, you
who were a bridge to your people, and who gave shape and
purpose to the acts of those who followed you,I ask that you grant us the light of your blessing and that you guide our footsteps on the paths of peacefulness.
'Invocation of Bran the Blessed'
--John Matthews

Soul Shrine Blessing of Light

God, give charge to Thy blessed angels
To keep guard around this stead to-night,
A band sacred, strong, and steadfast,
That will shield this soul-shrine from harm.

Safeguard Thou, God, this household to-night,
Themselves and their means and their fame,
Deliver them from death, from distress, from harm,
From the fruits of envy and of enmity.
Give Thou to us, O God of peace,
Thankfulness despite our loss,
To obey Thy statutes here below,
And to enjoy Thyself above.

Carmina Gadelica
ed. Alexander Carmichael

May the blessing of light be on you - light without and light within. May the blessed sunlight shine on you like a great peat fire, so that stranger and friend may come and warm himself at it. And may light shine out of the two eyes of you, like a candle set in the window of a house, bidding the wanderer come in out of the storm. And may the blessing of the rain be on you, may it beat upon your Spirit and wash it fair and clean, and leave there a shining pool where the blue of Heaven shines, and sometimes a star. And may the blessing of the earth be on you, soft under your feet as you pass along the roads, soft under you as you lie out on it, tired at the end of day; and may it rest easy over you when, at last, you lie out under it. May it rest so lightly over you that your soul may be out from under it quickly; up and off and on its way to God. And now may the Lord bless you, and bless you kindly. Amen.
--Scottish Blessing

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

May you be in heaven 1/2 hour before the devil knows you're dead.

As you slide down the banisters of life may the splinters never point the wrong way.

May the wind at your back always be your own.

There are many good reasons for drinking,
One has just entered my head,
If a man doesn't drink when he's living,
How the hell can he drink when he's dead?

May your troubles be as few and as far apart as my Grandmothers teeth.

May the best day of your past be the worst day of your future.

Catch the moments as they fly
and use them as ye ought man,
believe me happiness is shy
and comes not aye when sought man.

May the roof above us never fall in, and may we friends gathered below never fall out.

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...
And until we meet again,
May God hold you in the palm of his hand.

May God bring good health to your enemies enemies

In Heaven there is no beer, that is why we drink it here.

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

May the most you wish for be the least you get.

May the Lord keep you in His Hand and never close His fist too tight.

Here's to you, here's to me, the best of friends we'll always be. But if we
ever disagree, forget you here's to ME!!

Here's to your coffin...
May it be built of 100 year old oaks which I will plant tomorrow...

Here's to you as good as you are,
Here's to me as bad as I am,
As good as you are,
And as bad as I am,
I'm as good as you are,
As bad as I am.

The future is not ours to know, and it may never be-
so let us live and give our best and give it lavishly!

May you always be blessed
with walls for the wind,
a roof for the rain,
a warm cup of tea by the fire,
laughter to cheer you,
those you love near you,
and all that your heart might desire.

Friend of my soul, this goblet sip
'twill chase the pensive tear.
'Tis not so sweet as woman's lip
but oh, 'tis more sincere.

May the love and protection St. Patrick can give - Be yours in abundance as
long as you live.

May all the giant hearts be tall as day, may all your winter nights be warm as

Here's to our wives and sweethearts!! May they never meet!!

May you never forget what is worth remembering,
Or remember what is best forgotten.


Sláinte! is gaelic for "To your health!"
(It's pronounced as if you quickly slurred "It's a lawn chair!")

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

May your laugh, your love and your wine be plenty,
thus your happiness will be nothing less.

May your joys be as deep as the oceans, your troubles as light as its foam.
And may you find, sweet peace of mind, where ever you may roam.

Dance as if no one were watching,
Sing as if no one were listening,
And live every day as if it were your last.

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.

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!

Always remember to forget
The troubles that passed away.
But never forget to remember
The blessings that come each day.

‘Tis better to buy a small bouquet
And give to your friend this very day,
Than a bushel of roses white and red
To lay on his coffin after he’s dead.

May the joys of today
Be those of tomorrow.
The goblets of life
Hold no dregs of sorrow.

May the most you wish for
Be the least you get.

May your troubles be less
And your blessings be more.
And nothing but happiness
Come through your door.

May your heart be warm and happy
With the lilt of Irish laughter
Every day in every way
And forever and ever after.

May your right hand always
Be stretched out in friendship
And never in want.

May you live all the days of your life.

Here’s to a sweetheart, a bottle, and a friend.
The first beautiful, the second full, the last ever faithful.

May the hinges of our friendship never grow rusty.

Irish curse:
May the mornings scream at you.

Here's to women... would that we could fall into their arms,
instead of their hands.

Here's to happiness... I never knew happiness until I got
married. Now it's too late.

Here's to you, here's to me, in hopes we never disagree.
But if we do, the Hell with you.... Here's to me!

Here's to marriage, for man is not complete until he's
married... and then he's finished.

Here's to the ships of our navy, and to the ladies of our
land. May the former be well rigged and the latter be well manned.

Here's to good old whiskey, so amber and so clear, 'tis not
so sweet as a woman's lips, but a damn sight more sincere.

Here's to my mother-in-law, who still calls me a son...
But I never let her finish the sentence.

Here's to the woman of my dreams, who looks like a million...
and is just as hard to make.

Here's to a love, a love that will linger. I gave her the ring...
and she gave me the finger.

Here's to abstinence... as long as it's practiced in moderation.

Here's to the flea, that jumped over me,
and bit the ass of my little missus.

Here's to King Solomon, ruler and sage,
the wisest of men in history's page. He had wives by the
thousand, and thought it was fun... Here's hoping you'll
know how to handle just one.