Ten Irish Blessings for St. Patrick’s Day!

In honor of St. Patrick’s Day (which is this week), I wanted to go old-school and pull some of my favorite Irish blessings for house and home.

I could do a google search and copy in some good ones, but why rely on technology when I have a book?

I found this book at Goodwill for a dollar and knew it had to come home with me. Printed in 1983, it’s a collection of Irish blessings, poems, legends, and greetings that have as much power now as they did back then.

Here are my favorites.

Blessing 1

May your blessings outnumber
The shamrocks that grow
And my trouble avoid you
Wherever you go!

Blessing 2

May brooks and trees and singing hills
Join in the chorus too
And every gentle wind that blows
Send happiness to you!

Blessing 3

Lucky stars above you,
Sunshine on your way,
Many friends to love you,
Joy in work and play- 
Laughter to outweigh each care,
In your heart a song- 
And gladness waiting everywhere
All your whole life long!

Blessing 4

May you always have these blessings...
A soft breeze when summer comes- 
A warm fireside in winter- 
And always- the warm, soft smile of a friend.

Blessing 5 (from the breastplate of St. Patrick)

May you be blessed with the strength of heaven- 
The light of the sun and radiance of the moon
The splendor of fire- 
The speed of lightning- 
the swiftness of the wind- 
The depth of the sea- 
The stability of earth and the firmness of rock 

Blessing 6

Come and take pot-luck with me. 
My  hearth is warm, my friendship's free. 

Blessing 7

May the road rise to meet you. 
May the wind be always at your back. 
May the sun shine warm upon your face; 
The rains fall soft upon your fields. 
And, until we meet again,
May God hold you in the palm of his hand.

Blessing 8

May you have...
A song in your heart
A smile on your lips
And nothing but joy
At your fingertips!

Blessing 9

Here's wishing you the tops o' life
Without a single tumble
Here's wishing you the smiles o' life
Without a single grumble
Here's wishing you the best o' life
And not a flaw about it
Here's wishing you the joys of life
And not a day without it! 

Blessing 10

May all your skies be blue ones
May all your dreams be seen,
May all your friends be true ones
And all your joys complete- 
May happiness and laughter
Fill all your day for you
Today and ever after
May all your dreams come true!

Bonus Blessing

May your heart be light and happy
May your smile be big and wide
And may your pockets always have
A tinkle of gold inside! 

There you are! Ten of my favorite Irish blessings that are straight from the book. Use them to spread some joy this St. Patrick’s day, and may your life always be blessed with some extra Irish luck!

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