Raise a pint, dear reader, as we explore the world of Irish poems about friendship! Because, let’s be honest, an Irish friend is like a four-leaf clover: hard to find and lucky to have. While you’re here, you may enjoy our list of funny Irish sayings, or our list of great Irish drinking toasts.
Now, let’s dive into these Irish poems about friendship that capture the wit and warmth of Ireland’s finest friendships.
Irish Poems About Friendship
A Friend’s Blessing (Traditional Irish Blessing)
May the road rise up to meet you,
May the wind be always at your back,
May the sun shine warm upon your face,
And the rains fall soft upon your fields,
And until we meet again,
May God hold you in the palm of His hand.
Friendship’s Garden (by W.B. Yeats)
In friendship’s garden, seeds we sow, Of trust and love, to help them grow,
Through seasons changing, sun and shade, A tapestry of memories made.
In laughter’s light, we find our way,
And in shared sorrows, strength each day, Through trials and joys, hand in hand,
In friendship’s garden, we understand.
An Irish Friendship Toast (Traditional Toast)
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.
Raise your glass in celebration, Of the friends who stand so near,
For in their hearts and in their minds, Their love for us is clear.
So here’s to friends both old and new, To bonds that time can’t sever,
In fair or stormy weather, May we sail on together.
This is one of our favorite Irish poems about friendship. It is very sweet and rhymes quite well.
The Embrace of Friendship (by Michael Mullin)
In the soft embrace of friendship, We find solace, warmth, and cheer,
As we journey through life’s pathways, With the ones we hold most dear.
In the laughter of our comrades, We see sunlight breaking through,
As we share our joys and sorrows, With the friends who’ve proven true.
The Claddagh of Friendship (by Seamus Heaney)
In the heart of ancient Ireland, Lies a symbol strong and true,
Hands to hold, a heart to cherish, And a crown to bind us through.
In friendship’s loving circle, We gather strength and find our way,
Through laughter, love, and loyalty, Our bonds shall never sway.
What list of poems about friendship would be complete without this great poem by the amazing Seamus Heaney.
The Light of Friendship (by Padraic Colum)
Through the darkness, there’s a beacon, A light that guides us home,
It’s the warmth of true friendship, In a world that’s prone to roam.
When our paths grow dim and weary, And our hearts are weighed with strife,
It’s the hand of a friend that lifts us, To bring light back to our life.
The Comfort of Friends (by Eavan Boland)
When the world has grown too heavy, And our hearts too full of care,
We find solace in the presence, Of the friends who gather there.
In the quiet of their company, In the laughter that we share,
We find strength to face our battles, With the comfort of friends who care.
One of the best short Irish poems about friendship, it is short but covers the entire spectrum of human emotions.
To A Friend (by Thomas Moore)
In the hours of joy and gladness, When our hearts are light and free,
May we ever think of friendship, And the friends we long to see.
In the times of pain and sorrow, When the world seems dark and drear,
May the memory of our friendship, Bring us solace, peace, and cheer.
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