The Irish like to say that there are only two types of people in the world: the Irish and those who wish they were.
Never is that old saying more true than on Saint Patrick’s Day, when you’ll find all sorts of people drinking green beer and proudly wearing Kiss Me, I’m Irish t-shirts. Not to question anyone’s heritage, but let’s just say that some of these folks have a dubious connection to the Emerald Isle.
It just goes to show that you don’t have to be Irish to appreciate Irish culture. As further evidence, here’s a list of 32 famous Irish sayings that everyone can enjoy. Use them to toast your boon companions, or just to spread a wee bit o’ cheer on Saint Paddy’s Day.
Irish blessings can be funny, touching, insightful, or even bawdy. Here’s an assortment of well-known blessings that have been passed down over the years.
And never want as long as you live.
A sunbeam to warm you,
A moonbeam to charm you,
A sheltering Angel
So nothing can harm you.
Laughter to cheer you.
Faithful friends near you.
And whenever you pray,
Heaven to hear you.
The Shamrocks that grow.
And may trouble avoid you
Wherever you go.
And your blessing be more.
And nothing but happiness,
Come through your door.
And your evenings bring peace.
May your troubles grow few,
And your blessings increase.
A full moon on a dark night,
And the road downhill
All the way to your door.
May her lakes and rivers bless you.
May the luck of the Irish enfold you.
May the blessings of Saint Patrick behold you.
Irish Drinking Toasts
There’s a lot of overlap between Irish blessings and Irish toasts. However, we think these sayings sound particularly good when accompanied by the clink of glasses.
May the roof over your head be always strong.
And may you be in heaven half an hour before the devil knows you’re dead.
May we get what we need,
But may we never get what we deserve.
And the food we like to eat.
Here’s to our wives and sweethearts,
Let’s pray they never meet.
A quick death and an easy one.
A pretty girl and an honest one.
A cold pint – and another one!
And here’s to love and laughter.
I’ll be true as long as you.
And not one moment after.
And seeing triple!
And those that don’t love us,
May God turn their hearts.
And if He doesn’t turn their hearts,
May he turn their ankles,
So we’ll know them by their limping.
Liked not a few,
Loved only one,
I drink to you.
Sing as if no one were listening.
Live each day as if it’s your last.
Finally here are seven well-known Irish witticisms. Neither blessings nor toasts, these funny Irish sayings belong in a category of their own. If these tickle your fancy, you might also like this list of St. Patrick’s Day puns.
The troubles that passed away.
But never forget to remember
The blessings that come each day.
Whether you’re Irish or just wish you were, we hope you have a great Saint Patrick’s Day. May the luck of the Irish be with you!