Irish sayings, proverbs and prayers

Carrick a Rede Rope Bridge, Ballintoy, Co. Antrim.

Bless you and yours
As well as the cottage you live in.
May the roof overhead be well thatched
And those inside be well matched.

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

May you always come more than you go.

Here's to you, as good as you are.
Here's to me as bad as I am.
As good as you are and as bad as I am,
I'm as good as you are, as bad as I am.

May you have warm words on a cold evening,
a full moon on a dark night,
and a smooth road all the way to your door.

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.

A Merry Christmas this December
To a lot of folks I don't remember.

May there always be work for your hands to do.
May your purse always hold a coin or two.
May the sun always shine warm on your windowpane.
May a rainbow be certain to follow each rain.
May the hand of a friend always be near you.
And may God fill your heart with gladness to cheer you.

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

May your glass be ever full.
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.

Bottoms up or bottoms down,
Either way no one will frown.
-Mike Anderson

May the leprechauns dance over your bed and bring you sweet dreams.

Experience is the comb that life gives a bald man.

May the wind always be at your back

May you be at the gates of heaven an hour before the devil knows your dead!

Surely, a fine husband is he that
flinches at the mere raisin' of his
wife's fair hand.
- P. Ohmann

Here's to you and here's to me.
May we never disagree.
But should we start to fight and 'cuss,
Here's to me.
- Frank Masterson

Here's to it and for it and do it again.
For those that get to it
And refuse to do it,
May never get to it
To do it again.

There are good ships and there are wood ships,
the ships that sail the sea.
But the best ships are friendships,
and may they always be.

O b'ido hocai, is deoch deas e sin
- Donaill Mac Bruan

Good health, good life, good beer!
- Ed Quigley

May the most you wish for is the least you get!
- Jay O Brain

Here's to our wives,
and here's to our sweethearts,
may the two never meet!

May the road rise up before you,
and the wind be always at your back,
and the good Lord hold you in the hollow of his hands.

Every man is sociable until a cow invades his garden

May you always have money in your pocket
a woman to love
and a smile on your face.

May those who love us, love us.
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.

May you have length with your days,
and strength with your step,
and may each season have a reason
to celebrate your faith in mankind!

To live above with the Saints we love,
Ah, that is the purest glory.
To live below with the Saints we know,
Ah, that is another story.

May the wind you break always blow down wind.

Always remember that hindsight is the best insight to foresight.

May the hinges of our friendship never grow rusty!

May all your troubles be little ones
and all your little ones be trouble free.

The words that I've said I meant when I spoke
and remember my words of wisdom
feck'em if you can't take a joke.
-Brian O'Toole

Perfection is something that cannot be achieved,
it is something that we strive for.
-Jara McKee

A man's best friend is his mother until he meets his wife.

Here's to Hell!
May the stay there be as fun as the way there!

May there be spring enough in your life
to outlast the winters;
May there be guitars (and drums) enough
to lift your spirits whenever you need it;
May you be gentle enough to comfort those who are hurting,
But revolutionary enough to bring heaven to those who need it now.
May there always be a leprechaun near you
to bring out laughter and dance and the child in you.
And may God always have room enough for you in the palm of his hand!
- Donated by Gregory Hicks

May all your ups and downs be under the sheets.
- Patrick Ryan

A boy may kiss his girl goodbye,
The sun may kiss the butterfly,
The wine may kiss the crystal glass,
And you, my friend, may kiss my ass.