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Irish Toasts, Blessings And Proverbs

St. Patrick's Day in a pub
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Happy St. Patrick’s Day! With a name like McShea, I’m a wee bit Irish. My dear old dad used to say this about St. Patrick’s Day, “There are two kinds of Irish, those that are, and those that want to be”. With the wearin’ of the green today, we need a few Irish toasts.

The Irish are known for their traditional toasts, blessings and proverbs. Here are just a few, courtesy of


I have known many, liked not a few, loved only one, I drink to you.

May you live as long as you want, and never want as long as you live.

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

May your troubles be as few and as far apart as my Grandmothers teeth.

May the Lord keep you in His hand and never close His fist too tight.

And may you be in heaven half an hour before the devil knows you’re dead.


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 always have walls for the winds,

a roof for the rain, tea beside the fire,

laughter to cheer you, those you love near you,

and all your heart might desire.



* Time is a great story teller.

* A friend’s eye is a good mirror.

* Put silk on a goat, and it’s still a goat.

* There is no fireside like your own fireside.”

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