Irish Toasts for Most Occasions

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In Ireland it's a thin line between Irish toasts and Irish blessings. They are somewhat interchangeable. But if it involves a drink every Irishman I know considers it a blessing. (I just had to say that, it's the Irish in me.)

The Irish seem to have a toast for everything. They toast to your health, for your good fortune, true friendship, and to Saint Patrick. Christmas is a time of good cheer. Last but not least they toast to old Erin herself.

I hope you'll have a good use for these Irish toasts. If not enjoy the read anyway. I hope they bring good cheer to your next celebration.


Saint Patrick's Day Irish Toasts

The first toast is popular in my part of the world on Saint Patrick's Day.

Today there are only two kinds of people in the world.
The Irish and those that wish they were Irish.

Saint Patrick was a gentleman
Who through strategy and stealth
Drove all the snakes from Ireland
Here's a toasting to his health
But not too many toastings
Lest you lose yourself and then
Forget the good Saint Patrick
And see all those snakes again

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

Here's to the anniversary of Saint Patrick's Day
and may the Shamrock be green forever

Here's to the land of the shamrock
Where Irish hearts are true
Here's to our blessed Saint Patrick
But most of all, here's to you!


Irish Toasts for Christmas

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.

A Christmas wish
May you never forget what is worth remembering
Or remember what is best forgotten

May the Virgin and her Child lift your latch on Christmas night

Holly and ivy hanging up
And something wet in every cup.

May you live as long as you wish
And have all you wish as long as you live
This is my Christmas wish for you

May you be as contended as Christmas finds you, all the year round

May you never be without a drop at Christmas.

Peace and plenty for many a Christmas to come.


Here's to Friendship

May the roof above us never fall in
And may we friends gathered below never fall out

Come and take potluck with me
My hearth is warm
My friendships free

Long live the Irish!
Long live their cheer!
Long live our friendship year after year!

May the hinges of our friendship never grow rusty.

Tis glad I am and glad I'll be
Knowin' you like the likes o' me


Good Fortune to You

May you be poor in misfortune
Rich in blessings
Slow to make enemies
Quick to make friends
But rich or poor, quick or slow
May you know nothing but happiness
From this day forward

May your pockets be heavy
Your heart be light
And may good luck pursue you
Each morning and night

May you never see a bad day
And if it sees you may it be wearing glasses

May you get all your wises but one
So you always have something to strive for

It would take more lucky shamrocks than Ireland ever grew.
To bring the luck and gladness that I'm always wishing you.

Here's a wish for a day
That's lucky all through
From the likes o' me
To the likes o' you


To Your Health

The next Irish toast has to be the most well known Gaelic word on the planet.

Slainte, pronounced slawn-cheh. It simply means "your health"

Here's a health to your enemies' enemies.

Here's health and prosperity,
To you and all posterity,
And them that doesn't drink with sincerity,
That they may be damned for all eternity!

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

May I see you grey and combing your children's hair

The health of the salmon to you
A long life
A full heart
And a wet mouth

Health and long life to you
The woman of your choice to you
A child every year to you
Land without rent to you
And may you die in Ireland

Here's to the health of those we love
Here's to the health of those that love us
Here's to the health of those that love them
That love those
That love them
That love those
That love us


The Irish Toasts to Ireland

Hills as green as emeralds cover the countryside
Lakes as blue as sapphires are Ireland's special pride
And rivers that shine like silver make Ireland look so fair
But the friendliness of her people is the richest treasure there

Here's to Erin
Where the wind has a sound like a soft sweet song,
And anyone can hum it
And heather grows upon the hills
And shamrocks not far from it

Here's to the land of the shamrock so green
Here's to each lad and his darling colleen
Here's to the ones we love dearest and most
And may God bless old Ireland!...that's an Irishman's toast.

How sweetly lies old Ireland, emerald green beyond the foam.
Awakening sweet memories, calling the heart back home.

May your days be as sparkling as an Irish smile,
The dew on the shamrock and the Emerald Isle.

Here's to dear old Erin that lovely Emerald Isle
Here's to every colleen and every colleen's smile
Here's to Irish laughter and the little people too
Here's to dear old Erin but most of all here's to you.


If you'd like to see a few more Irish toasts, you can check out my Irish wedding toasts page.


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