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.
May your blessings outnumber The shamrocks that grow And my trouble avoid you Wherever you go!
May brooks and trees and singing hills Join in the chorus too And every gentle wind that blows Send happiness to you!
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!
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
Come and take pot-luck with me. My hearth is warm, my friendship's free.
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.
May you have... A song in your heart A smile on your lips And nothing but joy At your fingertips!
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!
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!
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!