Irish Blessings
The One Liners

The Irish are famous for what I call "one liner" Irish blessings. They're short and to the point, given with a genuine affection. Many of these are lines taken from longer Irish poems.

I think you'll appreciate the Irish pride, the strong religious faith and the rye sense of humor contained in these blessings. Like the wording of Irish proverbs , Irish blessings have a certain wit in them that I think you will like. I love the way the Irish turn a phrase.




The One Liners

May this home and all therein be blessed with God's love.

God grant you to be happy as the flowers in May.

May you get the reward in Heaven that's been denied you for your goodness here on earth.

Health and long life to you.

That the ten toes of your feet might always steer you clear of misfortune.

(The next Irish blessing is my favorite one liner.)

May you be half an hour in Heaven before the Devil knows your dead.

That the doctor might never earn a pound out of you.

May the smile of the lord light you to glory.

That the sons of your sons may smile up in your face.

May good fortune be yours, may your joys never end.

May your bed be made in Heaven.

That the frost might never afflict your spuds.

May the light of heaven shine on your grave.

God be on your road every way you go.

Bless your little Irish heart and every other Irish part.

God's fresh blessings be about you.

That the dust of your carriage wheels may blind the eyes of your foes.

May God and His Holy Mother take the harm of the year away from you.

Wishin' you a pot o' gold, and all the joy your heart can hold.

That money may fly in the doors to you if it be for your own soul's good.

The blessings of God be with you ever and always.

That the Devine Infant will light the road before you every night and day.

The Almighty shower down blessings on your head, day and night.

May the pitcher be filled with wine instead of water the next time you call to the house.

May the road rise to you.

Lord cloth me with the robes of innocence.

May your hearth be warm, your holiday's grand and your heart held gently in the Good Lord's Hand.

The belt of Christ about you on your going out and your coming in.

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

May the friendships you make, be those which endure; and all of your grey clouds, be small ones for sure.

As you slide down the banister of life, may the splinters never point in the wrong direction.

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.


Now for one last very simple Irish blessing in Gaelic;

Go mbeannai Dia duit
(May God Bless You)


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