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Top 10 Irish prayers and blessings for friends and family

Top 10 Irish prayers and blessings for friends and family

Looking for a way to brighten up your loved ones day? Send them one of these beautiful Irish prayers and blessings.

It’s well known that Irish folk have a way with words. And it’s no coincidence that some of the greatest literary voices have hailed from the Emerald Isle.

In fact, Irish words of wisdom seem to be all the rage in tattoos, wedding speeches and greeting cards for loved ones. If you’re looking for some inspiration, enjoy our list of some of the most heart-warming Irish prayers and blessings for friends and family below.

10. A Good Luck blessing – wishing others well

A Good Luck blessing – wishing others well.

May the blessing of light be on you—

light without and light within.

May the blessed sunlight shine on you

and warm your heart

till it glows like a great peat fire.

9. A Blessing for children – for happiness in youth

A blessing for children, one of the best Irish prayers and blessings on this list.

Lucky stars above you,

Sunshine on your way,

Many friends to love you,

Joy in work and play-

Laughter to outweigh each care,

In your heart a song-

And gladness waiting everywhere

All your whole life long!

8. A wish for enduring friendship – for companionship in difficult times

A wish for enduring friendship – for companionship in difficult times

May the friendships you make,

Be those which endure,

And all of your grey clouds

Be small ones for sure.

And trusting in Him

To Whom we all pray,

May a song fill your heart,

Every step of the way.

7. A prayer for a happy home – for all the elements of happiness  

The prayer for a happy home is one of the most important Irish prayers and blessings.
Credit: Obra Shalom Campo Grande / Flickr

May your neighbours respect you,

Trouble neglect you,

The angels protect you,

And heaven accept you.

6. Hopeful Irish words of wisdom – for enough of what matters most

These hopeful words of Irish wisdom are among the best Irish prayers and blessings.
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May you have enough happiness to keep you sweet, enough trials to keep you strong, enough sorrow to keep you human, enough hope to keep you happy, enough failure to keep you humble, enough success to keep you eager, enough friends to give you comfort, enough faith and courage in yourself to banish sadness, enough wealth to meet your needs and one thing more; Enough determination to make each day a more wonderful day than the one before.

5. An Irish Wedding Prayer – for a life of happiness together

An Irish Wedding Prayer – for a life of happiness together

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.

4. An Old Irish Proverb – one of the best Irish prayers and blessings

An Old Irish Proverb – one of the best Irish prayers and blessings.
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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.

3. An Irish Prayer – the power of an Irish blessing

May the lilt of Irish laughter

Lighten every load

May the mist of Irish magic

Shorten every road

May you taste the sweetest pleasures

That fortune e’er bestowed

And may all your friends remember

All the favours you are owed

2. A Gaelic Friendship Blessing – the best ships are friendships

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

1. An ancient Irish blessing – with God always at your side

An ancient Irish blessing – with God always at your side.

May the road rise to meet you,

May the wind be always at your back.

May the sun shine warm on 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 God be with you and bless you,

May you see your children’s children.

May you be poor misfortune,

Rich in blessings,

May you know nothing but happiness From this day forward.

May the road rise to meet you

May the wind always be at your back,

May the warm rays of sun fall upon your home,

And may the hand of a friend always be near.

May green be the grass you walk on,

May blue be the sky above you,

May pure be the joys that surround you,

May true be the hears that love you.

Wherever you hail from, the odds are you have come across some of the beautiful Irish prayers and blessings above. Why not brighten up a friend or family member’s day and share one of these with them? We could all use some Irish wisdom now and again.

Lewis Sloan
Born in County Down, Lewis Sloan is a writer who has a passion for Irish travel and history. While studying toward a Master's in English Literary Studies at Queen's University Belfast, he held the role of Features Editor for The Gown, Belfast's largest independent student newspaper. When not writing, he can be found practicing yoga or petting every cat he meets on the street.

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