Irish Blessings

Posted by Beth Trissel | 11:14 PM | | 13 comments »

I’ve been collecting Irish Blessings.  If you have a favorite, please feel free to share it.  They run the gamut from touching and moving to funny.  Speaking of which, I love this one: 
“May you reach Heaven a moment before the devil knows you are dead.” ~

"May you have warm words on a cold evening,
A full moon on a dark night,
And the road downhill all the way to your door." ~

“May the frost never afflict your spuds. May the leaves of your cabbage always be free from worms. May the crows never pick your haystack. If you inherit a donkey, may she be in foal.”~  

“May you live as long as you want, And never want as long as you live.”~

“May the roof above us never fall in. And may the friends gathered below it never fall out.” ~

“May there be a generation of children On the children of your children.” ~

“May you live to be a hundred years, With one extra year to repent!” ~

"May your neighbors respect you,
Trouble neglect you, 
The angels protect you, 
And heaven accept you."

Probably the best known and beloved Irish blessing is this one:  

“May the road rise to meet you. May the wind be always at your back. May the sun shine warm upon your face. And rains fall soft upon your fields. And until we meet again, May God hold you in the hollow of His hand.”~

*This last pic is of the Shenandoah Valley.


  1. Mary Marvella // January 23, 2010 at 12:38 AM  

    Leave it to the Irish! Wonderful blessings, Beth and awesome pictures. You make me want to travel. I really need to find or replace my digital camera!

  2. Joelle Charbonneau // January 23, 2010 at 10:48 AM  

    Fabulous pictures. This Irish girl needs to get to Ireland somday!

  3. Beth Trissel // January 23, 2010 at 11:16 AM  

    Thanks! But remember,that bottom pic is of my lovely VA valley, so you don't have to travel so far. Many Scots-Irish settled in the Shenandoah Valley and surrounding mountains because it reminded them of home.

  4. Mary Ricksen // January 23, 2010 at 1:39 PM  

    Great blog Beth, wonderful pictures. Love it!
    I'd love to visit. All of us who have a grandparent from Ireland want to go there. It must be in the blood.

  5. Beth Trissel // January 23, 2010 at 2:00 PM  

    Yes, it must.

  6. Pamela Varnado // January 23, 2010 at 7:56 PM  

    I've always wanted to travel to Ireland. It seems so fresh and green and oh so inviting. Thanks for sharing the bessings.

  7. Autumn Jordon // January 23, 2010 at 10:18 PM  

    Lovely, Beth. MY DIL and son went to Ireland last year. They tracked her roots and actually found what was left of her great, great grand parents cottage. She was able to bring a stone from the hearth back with her. Totally cool seeing all the pictures.

  8. Scarlet Pumpernickel // January 23, 2010 at 10:25 PM  

    Beth, absolutely lovely pictures and I love the blessings! You've made my day.

  9. Beth Trissel // January 24, 2010 at 12:24 AM  

    Wonderful family story, Autumn. and thanks Mary and Pamela.

  10. Mona Risk // January 24, 2010 at 8:44 AM  

    I love them. Thank you Beth. Great pictures too.

  11. Judy // January 24, 2010 at 2:17 PM  

    Lovely, Beth. A blessing from any culture is pleasing but I especially enjoyed these

  12. Joanne // January 24, 2010 at 7:14 PM  

    These are all lovely, Beth. I have an Irish "son" we "adopted" many years ago through Project children. He is now 32 years old and lives in Belfast. I'm sure he would enjoy these.

  13. Nightingale // January 25, 2010 at 10:33 AM  

    Beth, I loved the quotes! And the pictures were beautiful. Hey, I think you live in Heaven. I went to an English Civil War reenactment once in Staunton and the area is lovely.