As St. Patrick’s Day 2023 approaches, it’s time to spread some Irish cheer with traditional greetings in the Irish language, also known as Gaeilge. Irish is one of the oldest living languages in Europe, and is spoken by a significant population in Ireland, as well as by Irish communities around the world.
Whether you’re Irish or simply love the culture and traditions of this holiday, these greetings will help you connect with others and express your enthusiasm for the occasion. From classic phrases to more contemporary options, there’s something for everyone.
So, get ready to impress your friends and family with your knowledge of Irish greetings, and celebrate St. Patrick’s Day 2023 in style!
St Patrick’s Day Greeting in Irish
May your home always be too small to hold all your friends.
When the first light of sun,
When the long day is done,
In your smiles and your tears,
Through each day of your years,
If I had a flower for every time I thought of you,
I could walk through my garden forever.
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 is no fireside like your own fireside.
St. Patrick was a gentleman
Who through strategy and stealth
Drove all the snakes from Ireland.
Here’s toasting to his health.
But not too many toastings
Lest you lose yourself and then
Forget the good St. Patrick
And see all those snakes again.
When I count my blessings, I count you twice.
May God bless you.
May the embers from the open hearth warm your hands,
May the sun’s rays from the Irish sky warm your face,
May the children’s bright smiles warm your heart,
May the everlasting love I give you warm your soul.
May God give you:
For every storm, a rainbow,
For every tear, a smile,
And or every care, a promise,
And a blessing in each trial.
For every problem life sends,
A faithful friend to share,
For every sigh, a sweet song,
And an answer for each prayer.
Here’s to you and yours
And to mine and ours.
And if mine and ours
Ever come across to you and yours,
I hope you and yours will do
As much for mine and ours
As mine and ours have done
For you and yours!
May there be a generation of children
On the children of your children.
Put silk on a goat, and it’s still a goat.
For each petal on the shamrock
This brings a wish your way
Good health, good luck, and happiness
For today and every day.
Health and long life to you.
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.
Let your heart be glad for the harvest done
And may your winter be warm the whole season long.
May green be the grass you walk on,
May blue be the skies above you,
That pure be the joys that surround you,
May true be the hearts that love you.
May you always have work for your hands to do.
May your pockets hold always a coin or two.
May the sun shine bright on your windowpane.
May the 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 your troubles be as few and as far apart
As my Grandmother’s teeth.
A trade not properly learned is an enemy.
May peace and plenty be the first to lift the latch to your door
And happiness be your guest today and evermore.