St Patrick's Day Sayings and Blessings

The people of Ireland are well known for many things - their rich heritage, remarkable ability to hold their alcohol, brilliant ability to tell stories, their unique music and sometimes zany behavior! Each March, Irish or not, we all partake in the celebration centered around the Patron saint of The Emerald Isles, St. Patrick.

Saint Patrick was born to Roman-British parents in England. At the age of about 16, he was captured by Irish invaders and sold as a slave in Ireland. For six years Patrick was alone and scared in Ireland and had only his faith in God to turn to. During Patrick's enslavement, he began to receive visions from God. Within these visions, the people of Ireland were asking him for his help. Eventually, the visions led to God telling him to escape.

Walking 200 miles to the Irish coast, Patrick did escape and return to his family. Soon after, he began receiving more visions from The Almighty. One particular vision got Patrick's attention above the others. According to Saint Patrick, an angel was sent to him in a dream telling him to return to Ireland to convert the people to Christianity.

Patrick began religious studies to prepare for his trip back to the place he was a slave for so long. Fifteen years later, Patrick was ordained and willingly returned to The Emerald Isle. Many miracles are said to have occured - including Patrick banishing all the snakes from Ireland. While many of these stories may not be exactly true, it is the nature of the exxaggerated tale that makes it so brilliantly Irish.

The following are sayings and blessings that are from beautiful Ireland and her people.

"When Irish eyes are smiling,
Tis' like a morn in spring.
With a lilt of Irish laughter
You can hear the angels sing,
When Irish hearts are happy
All the world is bright and gay.
When Irish eyes are smiling
Sure, they steal your heart away."

"Dance as if no one were watching,
Sing as if no one were listening,
And live every day as if it were your last."

"If you're enough lucky to be Irish...
You're lucky enough!"

"My wild Irish rose
The sweetest flower that grows.
You may search everywhere
But none can compare to my wild Irish rose.
My wild Irish rose
The sweetest flower that grows.
Someday for my sake she may let me take
A bloom from my wild Irish rose."

"Go mbeannai Dia duit"
"May God Bless You"

"May the lilt of lush laughter lighten ever load.
May the midst of Irish magic shorten every road.
May you taste the sweetest pleasures
that fortune ever bestowed,
And may all your friends remember
all the favors you are owed."

"May your home always be too small to hold all your friends."

"God is good, but never dance in a small boat."

"Here's to a long life and a merry one -
A quick death and an easy one,
A pretty girl and an honest one,
A cold beer and another one!"

"May God bless us with happiness
May love and faith abide."

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

"O Ireland isn't it grand you look,
like a bride in her rich adornin'?
And with all the pent up love of my heart
I bid you the top o' the mornin'!"

"For each petal on the shamrock
This brings a wish your way-
Good health, good luck, and happiness
For today and every day."

"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!"

"There are many good reasons for drinking,
One has just entered my head.
If a man doesn't drink when he's living,
How in the hell can he drink when he's dead?"

"I'm looking over a four leaf clover
That I overlooked before.
One leaf is sunshine, the second is rain,
Third is the roses that grow in the lane.
No need explaining the one remaining
Is somebody I adore.
I'm looking over a four leaf clover
That I overlooked before."

"May the best day of your past
Be the worst day of your future."

"May you be in
Heaven a half hour before the
Devil knows you're dead!"

"May your blessings outnumber

the shamrocks that grow,
And may trouble avoid you
Wherever you go."

"As you slide down the banister of life,
May the splinters never point in the wrong direction!"

"Leprechauns, castles, good luck and laughter -
Lullabies, dreams, and love ever after.
Poems and songs with pipes and drums -
A thousand welcomes when anyone comes.
That's the Irish for you!"

"May you live to be a hundred years
With one extra year to repent."

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

"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."

"'Tis better to buy a small bouquet
And give to your friend this very day,
Than a bushel of roses white and red
To lay on his coffin after he's dead."

"There's a dear little plant that grows in our isle.
'Twas' St. Patrick himself; sure, that sets it.
And the sun of his labor with pleasure did smile,
And with dew from his eye often wet it.
It grows through the bog, through the brake, through the mire land,
And they call it the dear little Shamrock of Ireland."

"May luck be our companion.
May friends stand by our side.
May history remind us all
Of Ireland's faith and pride.
May God bless us with happiness
May love and faith abide."

"May your pockets be heavy and your heart be light,
May good luck pursue you each morning and night."

"Here's to a long life and a merry one
A quick death and an easy one
A pretty girl and an honest one
A cold beer and another one!"

"May those who love us, love us
And those who don't love us,
May God turn their hearts
And if he can't turn their hearts,
May he turn their ankles
So we will know them by their limping!"

"May your neighbors respect you,
Troubles neglect you,
The angels protect you,
And Heaven accept you."

"These things I warmly wish to you-
Someone to love
Some work to do
A bit o' sun
A bit o' cheer
And a guardian angel always near."

And so, this St. Patrick's Day, let the luck of the Irish shine through you as you adorn yourself in shamrocks and green Saint Patrick's Day beads. Make sure that you give authentic Irish blessings to those around you. Top of the day to ya!

Happy Saint Patrick's Day!