Irish Sayings


Irish sayings are a homey little statements and expressions that have a certain Irish spice to them. Some are wise and witty while other saying and fun and fabulous.  These Irish sayings, to the best of my knowledge are not copyrighted and free to use by anyone, any times. The Irish themed memes are free to use without modification. They are copyrighted by but you can use them freely.


If God sends you down a stony path,
may he give you strong shoes.




May you always have
A sunbeam to warm you
Good luck to charm you
And a sheltering angel
So nothing can harm you
Laughter to cheer you
Faithful friends near you
And whenever you pray
Heaven to hear you




A newborn babe
brings light to the house
warmth to the hearth
and joy to the soul
for wealth is family,
family is wealth.





Irish Newborn Baby Blessing

May all the blessing of our Lord touch your life today.
May He send His little angels to protect you on your way.
Such a wee little fit, sent from above.
Someone so precious to cherish and love.
May sunshine and moonbeams dance over you head
As you quietly slumber in your bed.
May good luck be with you wherever you go.
And your blessings outnumber the shamrocks that grow.


Count your blessings instead of your crosses;
Count your gains instead of your losses.
Count your joys instead of your woes;
Count your friends instead of your foes.

Count your smiles instead of your tears;
Count your courage instead of your fears.
Count your full years instead of your lean;

Count your kind deeds instead of your mean.
Count your health instead of your wealth;
Count on God instead of yourself.




Irish Quote

Deep peace of the running waves to you.

Deep peace of the flowing air to you.

Deep peace of the smiling stars to you.

Deep peace of the quiet earth to you.

Deep peace of the watching shepherds to you.

Deep peace of the son of Peace to you.






I lay my head to rest and in doing so I lay at your feet
the faces I have seen
the voices I have heard
the words I have spoken
the hands I have shaken
the service I have given
the joys I have shared
the sorrows revealed
I lay them at your feet
and in doing so
lay my head to rest



Irish Blessing For A Baby

Sleep, my babe, lie still and slumber,
All through the night
Guardian angels God will lend thee,
All through the night
Soft and drowsy hours are creeping,
Hill and vale in slumber sleeping,
Mother dear her watch is keeping,
All through the night
God is here, you
’ll not be lonely,
All through the night
‘Tis not I who guards thee only,
All through the night
s dark shades will soon be over,
Still my watchful care shall hover,
God with me His watch is keeping,
All through the night.






Irish Baby Christening

Dearest Father in Heaven,
Bless this child and bless this day
Of new beginnings.
Smile upon this child
And surround this child, Lord,
With the soft mantle of your love.
Teach this child to follow in your footsteps,
And to live life in the ways of
Love, faith, hope and charity.











We cannot share a sorrow
If we haven’t grieved a while
nor can we feel another’s joy
Until we’ve learned to smile.



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.



May the rains sweep gentle across your fields,
May the sun warm the land,
May every good seed you have planted bear fruit,
And late summer find you standing in fields of plenty.


Wherever you go and whatever you do,
May the luck of the Irish be there with you.


Wishing you always…
Walls for the wind,
A roof for the rain
And tea beside the fire.
Laughter to cheer you,
Those you love near you,
And all that your heart may desire.


Wherever you go and whatever you do,
May the luck of the Irish be there with you.



How Do You Spell Irish


Irish Saint Patrick Quotes

St. Patrick’s Quotes And Prayers


I arise today — Through the strength of heaven; Light of the sun, Splendor of fire, Speed of lightning, Swiftness of the wind, Depth of the sea, Stability of the earth, Firmness of the rock. (Saint Patrick)

I arise today Through the mighty strength Of the Lord of creation. (St Patrick)


Hence I cannot be silent, and indeed I ought not to be, about the many blessings and the great grace which the Lord has deigned to bestow upon me. (Saint Patrick)

I arise today — Through God’s strength to pilot me; God’s might to uphold me, God’s wisdom to guide me, God’s eye to look before me, God’s ear to hear me, God’s word to speak for me, God’s hand to guard me, God’s way to lie before me, God’s shield to protect me, God’s hosts to save me Afar and a near, Alone or in a multitude. (Saint Patrick)


Christ shield me today Against wounding. Christ with me, Christ before me, Christ behind me, Christ in me, Christ beneath me, Christ above me, Christ on my right, Christ on my left, Christ when I lie down, Christ when I sit down, Christ in the heart of everyone who thinks of me, Christ in the mouth of everyone who speaks of me, Christ in the eye that sees me, Christ in the ear that hears me. (Saint Patrick)

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. (St. Patrick Quote)


Good St. Patrick travelled far, to teach God’s Holy Word And when he came to Erin’s sod, a wondrous thing occurred He plucked a shamrock from the earth and held it in His hand To symbolise the Trinity that all might understand The first leaf for the Father And the second for the Son The third leaf for the Holy Spirit All three of them in one. (Saint Patrick Quotes)

Irish Proverbs

Irish Proverbs

A bad workman quarrels with his tools.

A cat can look at a king.

A combed head sells the feet.

A friend’s eye is a good mirror.

A glowing gríosach (ember) is easily rekindled.

A good retreat is better than a bad stand.

A heavy purse makes a light heart.

A hen is heavy when carried far.

A light heart lives long.

A lock is better than suspicion.

A man cannot grow rich without his wife’s leave.

A man may live after losing his life but not after losing his honour.

A man without dinner— two for supper.

A nod is as good as a wink to a blind horse.

A silent mouth is melodious.

A silent mouth is sweet to hear

A trade not properly learned is an enemy.

A trout in the pot is better than a salmon in the sea.

A watched kettle never boils.

A word is more enduring than worldy wealth.

An empty sack does not stand.

An oak is often split by a wedge from its own branch.

An old broom knows the dirty corners best.

As the big hound is, so will the pup be.

As the old cock crows so the young cock learns.

As the old cock crows, the young cock learns.

Be neither intimate nor distant with the clergy.

Beauty won’t make the kettle boil.

Better be sparing at first than at last.

Better fifty enemies outside the house than one within.

Better good manners than good looks.

Better the trouble that follows death than the trouble that follows shame.

Better to be a man of character than a man of means.

Blow not on dead embers.

Both your friend and your enemy think you will never die.

Broken Irish is better than clever English.

Cut your coat according to your cloth.

Dead men tell no tales but there’s many a thing learned in the wake-house.

Do not mistake a goat’s beard for a fine stallion’s tail.

Don’t make little of your dish for it may be an ignorant fellow who judges it.

Don’t show your skin to a person who won’t cover it.

Drink is the curse of the land. It makes you fight with your neighbor. It makes you shoot at your landlord, and it makes you miss him.

Drinking A man takes a drink, the drink takes a drink, the drink takes the man.

Earth has no sorrows that heaven cannot heal.

Enough and no waste is as good as a feast.

Ev’ryone is wise till he speaks.

Even a small thorn causes festering.

Even a tin knocker will shine on a dirty door.

Every branch blossoms according to the root from which it sprung.

Every finger has not the same length, nor every son the same disposition.

Every man’s mind is his kingdom.

Every terrier is bold in the doorway of its own house.

Every tide has an ebb save the tide of graces.

Everyone feels his own wound first.

Face the sun, but turn your back to the storm.

Firelight will not let you to read fine stories but it will warm you and you won’t see the dust on the floor.

Forgetting a debt doesn’t mean it’s paid.

God’s help is nearer than the door.

He who can follow his own will is a king.

He who has water and peat on his own farm has the world his own way.

Honey is sweet, but don’t lick it off a briar.

However long the day, night must fall.

If God sends you down a stony path, may he give you strong shoes.

If it’s drowning you’re after, don’t torment yourself with shallow water.

If you buy what you don’t need you might have to sell what you do.

If you come up in this world be sure not to go down in the next.

If you dig a grave for others you may fall into it yourself.

If you do not sew in the spring, you will not reap in the autumn.

If you do not sow in the spring you will not reap in the autumn.

If you don’t want flour on your clothes, stay out of the mill.

If you move old furniture it may fall to bits.

If you want praise, die. If you want blame, marry.

If your messenger is slow, go to meet him.

Instinct is stronger than upbringing.

Irish Proverbs: Romance & Marriage

It is more difficult to maintain honour than to become prosperous.

It is not the same to go to the king’s house as to come from it.

It is often that a person’s mouth broke his nose.

It is often that a person’s tongue cut his throat.

It is the good horse that draws its own cart

It is the quiet pig that eats the meal.

It’s a dirty bird that won’t keep its own nest clean.

It’s an ill wind that blows nobody good.

It’s difficult to choose between two blind goats.

It’s easy to halve the potato where there’s love.

It’s no use boiling your cabbage twice.

It’s no use carrying an umbrella if your shoes are leaking.

It’s not a delay to stop and sharpen the scythe.

It’s not a matter of upper and lower class but of being up a while and down a while.

It’s the first drop that destroys you, there’s no harm at all in the last.

Its no use carrying an umbrella if your shoes are leaking.

Keep your shop and your shop will keep you.

Laziness is a heavy burden.

Let your bargain suit your purpose.

Lie down with dogs and you’ll rise with fleas.

Life is a strange lad.

Listen to the sound of the river and you will get a trout.

Lose an hour in the morning and you’ll be looking for it all day.

Make the fence or you will pay the plundering.

Many a day shall we rest in the clay.

Many a sudden change takes place on an unlikely day.

May you have a bright future – as the chimney sweep said to his son.

Melodious is the closed mouth.

Need teaches a plan.

Neither give cherries to pigs nor advice to a fool

Never bolt your door with a boiled carrot.

Never dread the winter till the snow is on the blanket.

Never sell a hen on a wet day.

No two people ever lit a fire without disagreeing.

One must pay health its tithe.

Only a fool burns his coal without warming himself.

Patience is a poultice for all wounds.

Pity him who makes an opinion a certainty.

Poverty waits at the gates of idleness.

Praise the child and you praise the mother.

Praise the ripe field, not the green corn.

Praise the ripe field not the green corn.

Pride comes before a fall.

Promise is in honour’s debt.

Put silk on a goat and it is still a goat.

Questioning is the door of knowledge.

Quiet people are well able to look after themselves.

Seeing is believing, but feeling is the God’s own truth.

Seldom is the last of anything better than the first.

Silence is the fence around the haggard where wisdom is stacked.

Slow is every foot on an unknown path.

Stone before the fire is reserved for the poor.

Stupidity is sending the goose on a mission to the fox’s den.

The best way to keep loyalty in a man’s heart is to keep money in his purse.

The day will come when the cow will have use for her tail.

The friend that can be bought is not worth buying.

The future is not set, there is no fate but what we make for ourselves.

The heaviest ear of grain bends its head the lowest.

The help of God is closer than the door.

The life of an old hat is to cock it.

The light heart lives long.

The longest road out is the shortest road home.

The man who pays the piper calls the tune.

The man with a cow doesn’t need a scythe.

The mills of God grind slowly but they grind finely.

The old dog for the hard road and leave the pup on the path.

The old pipe gives the sweetest smoke.

The older the fiddle, the sweeter the tune.

The older the fiddle the sweeter the tune.

The person bringing good news knocks boldly on the door.

The pig in the sty doesn’t know the pig going along the road.

The raggy colt often made a powerful horse.

The river is no wider from this side than the other.

The schoolhouse bell sounds bitter in youth and sweet in old age.

The thief is no threat to the beggarman.

The tiredness leaves but the profit remains.

The treachery returns to the betrayer.

The wearer best knows where the shoe pinches.

The work praises the man.

The world would not make a racehorse of a donkey.

There are fish in the sea better than have ever been caught.

There are two tellings to ev’ry story.

There are two things that cannot be cured: death and the want of sense.

There is hope from the sea, but none from the grave.

There is no luck except where there is discipline.

There is no need like the lack of a friend.

There is no strength without unity.

There is no wise man without fault.

There is often the look of an angel on the Devil himself.

There never came a gatherer but a scatterer came after him.

There’s no need to fear the wind if your haystacks are tied down.

There’s no point in keeping a dog if you are going to do your own barking.

There’s nothing so bad that it couldn’t be worse.

They are scarce of news that speak ill of their mother.

Time and patience would bring a snail to America.

Time is a good storyteller.

Two people see a thing that an individual does not see.

Unwillingness easily finds an excuse.

What butter and whiskey will not cure, there’s no cure for.

What fills the eye fills the heart.

What I am afraid to hear I’d better say first myself.

When the apple is ripe it will fall.

When the cat is outside, the mouse does be dancing.

Who gossips with you will gossip of you.

Who keeps his tongue keeps his friends.

You cannot make a silk purse out of a sow’s ear.

You have to do your own growing no matter how tall your grandfather was.

You may as well give cherries to a pig as advice to a fool.

You must take the little potato with the big potato.

You never miss the water till the well runs dry.

You won’t learn to swim on the kitchen floor.

You’ll never plough a field by turning it over in your mind.

You’ll never plough a field by turning it over in your mind

You’ve got to do your own growing, no matter how tall your grandfather was.

Young people don’t know what old age is, and old people forget what youth was.

Your feet will bring you where your heart is.

Irish Toasts And Free Irish Memes


Irish blessing

Irish Toast…













Health and long life to you.
Land without rent to you.
a child every year to you.
If you can’t go to heaven.
May you die in Ireland

May God grant you many years to live.
For sure He must be knowing.
The earth has angels all to few.
And heaven is overflowing.

May green be the grass you walk on,
May blue be the skies above you,
May pure be the joy that surround you,
May true be the hearts that love you.

Irish blessing

May you have warms words on a cold evening and a full moon on a dark night.











May the luck of the Irish
Lead to happiest heights
And the highway you travel
Be lined with green lights.

May laughter to outweigh each care
In your heart a song
And gladness waiting everywhere
All your whole life.

May there be lucky stars above you
Sunshine on your way
Many friends to love you
Joy in work and play

Irish Toast

Irish Toast…May the road rise up to meet you…













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 day be touched by a bit of little Irish luck,
brightened by a song in your heart,
and warmed by the smiles of the people you love.

Bless your Irish heart and every other Irish part!

Irish Blessing

May the wind ne always at your back










May those who love us, love us;
And for those who don’t love us,
May God turn their hearts;
And if He doesn’t turn their hearts,
May He turn their ankles,
So we will know them by their limping!

May you be full of gladness and health,
With a pocket full of gold as the least of your wealth.
May the dreams you hold dearest,
be those which come true, the kindness you spread,
Keep returning to you.

May you have walls for the wind

Irish Wedding Toast










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.

May God be with you and bless you,
May you see your children’s children,
May you be poor in misfortune, rich in blessings.
May you know nothing but happiness
From this day forward.


May you enjoy the four greatest blessings:
Honest work to occupy you.
A hearty appetite to sustain you.
A good woman to love you.
And a wink from the God above.

May the sun shine, all day long,
everything go right, and nothing wrong.
May those you love bring love back to you,
and may all the wishes you wish come true!

May you have: A world of wishes at your command.
God and his angels close to hand.
Friends and family their love impart,
and Irish blessings in your heart!


How Do You Spell Irish

May your hearts be joined forever in love and
friendship and loyalty to keep you true.

May your home be filled with love with strong
walls of friendship with a roof as true as loyalty.

May God grant you always
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.


Bless those minding the cattle

Irish Blessing

Irish Blessing

May the blessings of the rain be upon you
the soft sweet rain.
May it fall upon your spirit
so that all the little flowers may spring up,
and shed their sweetness on the air.
May the blessing of the great rains be on you,
may they beat upon your spirit
and wash it fair and clean,
and leave there many a shining pool
where the blue of heaven shines,
and sometimes a star.

Irish Blessing

Irish Proverb: Earth has no sorrows that heaven cannot heal



Dear Lord,
Give me a few friends
who will love me for what I am,
and keep ever burning
before my vagrant steps
the kindly light of hope…
And though I come not within sight
of the castle of my dreams,
teach me to be thankful for life,
and for time’s olden memories
that are good and sweet.
And may the evening’s twilight
find me gentle still.


Irish Blessing

May you have enough happiness




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