Irish Blessings & Irish Prayers


Irish blessings and sayings, as well as Irish prayers, are all derived from the rich cultural tapestry of Ireland’s storied history, and are more than just traditional sayings.

They are the collective wisdom and folklore of a people shaped by ancient Druidic traditions, Christian spirituality, and the lyrical nature of the Gaelic language and Gaelic blessings.

Whether they are shared at Irish weddings, Irish birthdays, Irish funerals or Irish wakes, or just part of daily life in Ireland and amongst the Irish diaspora, these Irish blessings encapsulate the spirit of resilience, humor, musical tradition, love for poetry, and deep connection to nature and community, of the Irish people.

Irish Blessings And Prayers - Irish Wedding
Irish Blessings And Prayers – Irish Wedding

One of the most iconic aspects of Irish blessings and sayings is their lyrical quality, which reflects the poetic and musical roots of the Gaelic-Irish language.

Whether in the original Gaelic or translated into English, these blessings often involve intricate rhymes and rhythmic patterns, akin to a miniature poem or song.

They reflect the power of language in conveying well-wishes, wisdom, and hopes for the future, as well as the distinctly Irish gift of turning a phrase.

Irish prayers and blessings often reflect a profound appreciation of the natural world.

The emerald green landscapes of Ireland, its rugged coastlines, changing seasons, and dramatic weather patterns, feature heavily in these Irish blessings.

As such, they serve not only as benedictions but also as reminders of the world’s beauty and the benefits of living in harmony with nature. “May the road rise to meet you, may the wind be always at your back…” is an iconic Irish blessing that showcases this reverence for nature.

The spiritual undertones in many Irish blessings derive from both pre-Christian Celtic mythology and Christian beliefs, showcasing the syncretic tIrish Traditions: A Guide to Cultural Practices and Customs

For instance, the blessings may call upon the power of the elements, reflecting the Druidic traditions, or the grace of God and the saints, signifying Christian influence. Such blessings are a testimony to Ireland’s layered spiritual history.

Irish Druids
Irish Druids

Community, friendship, and love are recurrent themes in these blessings. In Irish culture, the community holds a vital place, and blessings often serve as an affirmation of social bonds.

They are shared as a gesture of good will, expressing hopes of joy, prosperity, good health, and happiness for others.

Moreover, there’s a certain humor and wit that is quintessentially Irish, often reflected in these blessings.

They may not shy away from the trials of life, yet, they offer encouragement and resilience in face of these challenges.

This reveals the enduring Irish spirit that chooses to laugh amidst adversity, fostering strength and unity.

Now that we have explained a little of the backdrop behind Irish blessings, lets check out our favorites!


Irish Blessings And Prayers - Irish Newlyweds
Irish Blessings And Prayers – Irish Newlyweds

Irish Marriage Blessings

May God be with you and bless you.

May you see your children’s children.

May you be poor in misfortunes

and rich in blessings.

May you know nothing but happiness

from this day forward.


Irish Blessings For Luck

May the road rise up to meet you.

May the wind always be 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 palm of His hand.


Irish Christening Blessing

Dearest Father in Heaven,

Bless this child and bless this day

Of new beginnings.

Smile upon this childAnd surround this child, Lord,

With the soft mantle of your love.

Teach this child to follow in your footsteps,

And to live life in the ways of

Love, faith, hope, and charity.


Irish Friendship Blessing

Wishing you a rainbow

For sunlight after showers—

Miles and miles of Irish smiles

For golden happy hours—

Shamrocks at your doorway

For luck and laughter too,

And a host of friends that never ends

Each day your whole life through!


An Irish Prayer

May God give you…

For every storm, a rainbow,

For every tear, a smile,

For 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.

Irish Blessing And Prayers - Irish Christening
Irish Blessing And Prayers – Irish Christening

Irish Blessing for Baby

Sleep, my babe, lie still and slumber,

All through the night

Guardian angels God will lend thee,

All through the night


Soft and drowsy hours are creeping,

Hill and vale in slumber sleeping,

Mother dear her watch is keeping,

All through the night


God is here, you’ll not be lonely,

All through the night

‘Tis, not I who guards thee only,

All through the night


Night’s dark shades will soon be over,

Still, my watchful care shall hover,

God with me His watch is keeping,

All through the night


Irish Baby Blessings

May strong arms hold you

Caring hearts tend you

And may love await you at every step.

May you bring light to the home,

warmth to the heart


Joy to the soul

And love to the lives you touch.

May God surround this child

And bless this day.

Irish Baby Blessings - Newborn Baby Blessing
Irish Baby Blessings – Newborn Baby Blessing

Irish Blessing For Baby Boy

May the radiant smile of the morning sun always greet you,

And the gentle whispers of the moonlight lull you to sleep.

Blessed be your journey, sweet baby boy, under the Irish sky,

In the land where ancient legends and fairytales seep.


May the blessing of Saint Patrick guide your tender steps,

On paths adorned with clover leaves and shamrock’s glow.

As the emerald green hills stand as faithful sentinels,

May they witness your growth, and with love, see you grow.


May the grace of the swan and the courage of the stag,

Forever echo in your laughter and your joyful play.

May the warmth of the hearth always welcome you

At the end of every adventurous day.


May the Irish wind always be at your back,

Guiding you through life, in sorrow and joy.

May the rainbows fill your days with hope and dreams,

For you are our precious, our beloved baby boy.

And when you stand tall, a man in your own right,

May you look back at these blessings with a heart so light.

For you are the song, the story, the mirthful Irish night,

An endless blessing, our sweet baby boy, our shining knight.

Irish Blessing For Baby Girl

May your journey through life be blessed with love,

May the soft winds of heaven dance around you from above.

May the sunshine warm upon your beautiful face,

And the rains fall soft upon your fields with grace.


Little one, in the quiet of night,

May the moon and the stars bless you with their light.

May you laugh with the leprechauns in fields of green,

And see the wonders this world has to seen.


May your heart be as sweet as a summer rose,

And your spirit as free and bright as your tiny toes.

With roots firm in tradition and wings spread in truth,

May you find strength in your heritage and joy in your youth.


Irish eyes are smiling upon you, dear child,

With a love that is steadfast, pure, and wild.

In your life, may good luck forever dwell,

Baby girl, may God hold you in the palm of His hand, farewell.


So here’s an Irish blessing, simple and true,

To wish all the very best, in all that you do.

May your journey be filled with magic and wonder,

And your steps be guided by love and thunder.


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 path.


And until we meet again,

May God hold you in the palm of His hand.


Irish Blessing – Do Not Stand At My Grave And Weep

Do not stand

By my grave, and weep.

I am not there,

I do not sleep,


I am the thousand winds that blow

I am the diamond glints in snow

I am the sunlight on ripened grain,

I am the gentle, autumn rain.


As you awake with morning’s hush,

I am the swift, up-flinging rush

Of quiet birds in circling flight,

I am the day transcending night.


Do not stand

By my grave, and cry,

I am not there,

Irish Grief Blessing

Don’t grieve for me, for now, I’m free!

I follow the plan God laid for me.

I saw His face, I heard His call,

I took His hand and left it all…

I could not stay another day,


To love, to laugh, to work or play;

Tasks left undone must stay that way.

And if my parting has left a void,

Then fill it with remembered joy.


A friendship shared, a laugh, a kiss…

Ah yes, these things I, too, shall miss.

My life’s been full, I’ve savored much:

Good times, good friends, a loved one’s touch.


Perhaps my time seemed all too brief—

Don’t shorten yours with undue grief.

Be not burdened with tears of sorrow,

Enjoy the sunshine of the morrow.

Irish Blessings And Prayers - Irish Funeral
Irish Blessings And Prayers – Irish Funeral

Irish Blessings For Happiness

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.

Do Not Stand at My Grave and Weep

Do not stand at my grave and weep,

I am not there… I do not sleep.

I am the thousand winds that blow…

I am the diamond glints on snow…

I am the sunlight on ripened grain…

I am the gentle autumn rain.


When you waken in the morning’s hush,

I am the swift uplifting rush

Of gentle birds in circling flight…


I am the soft star that shines at night.

Do not stand at my grave and cry—

I am not there… I did not die…

Irish House Blessings

Bless this house, o Lord, we pray.

Make it safe by night and day.

Bless these walls so firm and stout,

Keeping want and trouble out.


Bless the roof and chimney tall,

Let thy peace lie overall.

Bless the doors that they may prove

Ever open to joy and love.


Bless the windows shining bright,

Letting in God’s heavenly light.

Bless the hearth a-blazing there,

With smoke ascending like a prayer.


Bless the people here within…

Keep them pure and free from sin.

Bless us all, that one day, we

May be fit, O lord, to dwell with Thee.

Irish Blessing Prayer

May you see God’s light on the path ahead

When the road you walk is dark.

May you always hear,

Even in your hour of sorrow,


The gentle singing of the lark.

When times are hard may hardness

Never turn your heart to stone,


May you always remember

when the shadows fall—


You do not walk alone.

Irish Prayers and Blessings

Irish Blessing For A Fair Day

God be with them now and bring them home with their fair share of stock or money.


Irish Prayer From Saint Patrick’s Breastplate

Christ be with me

Christ before me

Christ behind me

Christ in me


Christ beneath me

Christ above me

Christ on my right

Christ on my left


Christ where I lie

Christ where I sit

Christ where I arise

Christ in the heart of every man

who thinks of me


Christ in the mouth of every man

who speaks of me

Christ in every eye that sees me

Christ in every ear that hears me


Salvation is of the Lord.

Irish Morning Prayer

Christ be with me,

be after me,

be before me,

and be at my right and left hand.


May everything I do be for Christ.

Irish Morning Prayer Said When dressing

Lord, clothe me with the robes of innocence.

Irish Blessing Said During Thunder And Lightning

O Lord, be between us and harm and protect us from the harm of the world.

Irish Love And Laughter Blessing

May love and laughter light your days,

and warm your heart and home.

May good and faithful friends be yours,

wherever you may roam.


May peace and plenty bless your world

with joy that long endures.


May all life’s passing seasons

bring the best to you and yours!

Irish Blessing And Prayers - Irish People Laughing

Irish Blessing In Gaelic

Go n-eírí an bóthar leat – May the road rise with you.

Irish Wishes About Weather And Rain

May the blessing of the rain be on you, the soft sweet rain.

so that all the little flowers may spring up,

and shed their sweetness on the air.


May the blessing of the great rains be on you,

may they beat upon your spirit

and wash it fair and clean,

and leave there many a shining pool


where the blue of heaven shines,

and sometimes a star.

when you rest upon it,

and may it rest easy over you when,

at the last, you layout under it,


And may it rest so lightly over you

that your soul may be out

from under it quickly,

and up, and off,


And be on its way to God.


Irish Blessing Prayer

Dear Lord

Give me a few friends

who will love me for what I am,

and keep ever burning

before my vagrant steps

the kindly light of hope…


And though I come not within sight

of the castle of my dreams,

teach me to be thankful for life,

and for time’s olden memories

that are good and sweet.


And may the evening’s twilight

find me gentle still.

Irish Good Luck Blessing

May your day be touched

by a bit of Irish luck,

brightened by a song in your heart,

and warmed by the smiles

of the people you love.

Irish Blessing And Prayers - Celtic Funeral
Irish Blessing And Prayers – Celtic Funeral

Celtic Blessings for Funerals

May the light of heaven shine on your grave.

Irish Blessings For Workers

Bless those minding cattle,

And those minding sheep,

And those fishing the sea

While the rest of us sleep.

Irish Blessing About God

If God sends you down a stony path,

may he give you strong shoes.

Irish Good Luck Blessing

May the rains sweep gentle across your fields,

May the sun warm the land,

May every good seed you have planted bear fruit,

And late summer finds you standing in fields of plenty.

Good Luck Irish Blessing

May the frost never afflict your spuds.

May the leaves of your cabbage always be free from worms.

May the crows never pick your haysta

If you inherit a donkey, may she be in foal?

Irish Blessing And Prayers - Irish People Having Fun

Irish Blessing For Work

May there always be work for your hands to do.

May your purse always hold a coin or two.

May the sun always shine on your windowpane.


May a rainbow be certain to follow each rain.

May the hand of a friend always be near you.

May God fill your heart with gladness to cheer you.

Luck Of The Irish

Wherever you go and whatever you do,

May the luck of the Irish be there with you.

Irish Wishes For Love And Laughter And Comfort

Wishing you always…

Walls for the wind,

A roof for the rain

And tea beside the fire.


Laughter to cheer you,

Those you love near you,

And all that your heart may desire

Irish Blessing For The Home And Protection

May neighbors respect you,

Trouble neglect you,

The angels protect you,

And heaven accept you.

Irish Blessing For Your Home

God bless the corners of this house,

And be the lintel blest,

And bless the hearth and bless the board,

And bless each place of rest,

And bless each door that opens wide


To stranger as to kin,

And bless each crystal windowpane

That lets the starlight in,

And bless the rooftree overhead


And every sturdy wall.

The peace of man, the peace of God,

The peace of love on all.



May the blessing of the 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.


May the love of the Heavenly Father,

Embrace you and bless your life,

Guiding you from infancy,

With wisdom, grace, and gentle might.


May the hands of the Son caress you,

Hold you safe and hold you strong,

May His story and His love,

Guide your heart as you journey along.


May the whispers of the Spirit,

Breath of life and voice so true,

Guide your way and keep your faith,

In all the days ahead of you.


May the saints and angels guide you,

May your patron watch your sleep,

May the love of all things holy,

In your heart take root and keep.


May the arms of your family surround you,

And the laughter of friends be your song,

May your life be filled with blessings,

As you grow in grace and strength lifelong.

So we bless you this day, dear child,

In the name of the Father, and of the Son,

And of the Holy Spirit, embracing,

May your life be a joyful and loving one.





May the wind be always at your back,

Guiding you to laughter and play,

May the sun shine bright on your face,

Keeping darkness and fears away.


May the raindrops fall soft upon your fields,

So you learn that growth comes with ease,

May you bloom like flowers in the spring,

And stand tall like ancient trees.


May the love of family surround you,

And friends be ever near,

May you learn the joy of kindness,

And hold what’s precious and dear.


May you dream with imagination,

With a heart so wild and free,

May you grow in strength and wisdom,

And be all that you’re meant to be.


So here’s to you, dear children,

With eyes so bright and true,

May your days be filled with blessings,

And may luck always find you.


Sleep tight under the moonlit night,

And wake with the morning’s dew,

For in this great big world of ours,

There’s a special place for you.




May the grace of God’s sunlight shine upon you,

Little one, as you enter His fold,

May the warmth of the land and the cool of the sea,

Embrace you as you grow old.


May the hands of the angels protect you,

As you slumber, play, and learn,

May the wisdom of saints and the songs of the birds,

Guide your way at each twist and turn.


May your path be bright with the laughter of friends,

May your family be ever your stay,

May you grow in wisdom, in kindness, in love,

With each dawn and the close of each day.


May your heart be as open as meadows,

May your mind be as clear as the lakes,

May your soul be as pure as the breeze on the shore,

And your joy as alive as it makes.


May the Trinity hold you within their embrace, Father, Son, and Holy Ghost,

May your life be filled with blessings untold,

And your spirit rejoice the most.


We welcome you now, dear child,

To the faith, to the love, and to the clan,

With hearts full of joy, and arms open wide,

Your journey has just now began.

In the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit,




Want to learn how to say an Irish blessing as Gaelige(in Irish), then check out this great video below.

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