Irish Sayings, Blessings, Toasts and Prayers are part of an old tradition, and are basically meant to convey feelings of warmth and happiness, amongst both friends and strangers.
Whereas traditional Irish Blessings and Prayers are deeply meaningful and quite heartfelt, and often beautifully poetic, Irish toasts are more jovial and full of mirth.
Many Irish Blessings and Toasts are usually straightforward and can be applied for any occasion, but there are also Irish Blessings meant for specific occasions, such as weddings or before embarking on a journey.
This small sampling of Irish Blessings are some of the oldest and perhaps the most well known of all the blessings:
May the road rise to meet you.
May the wind be always 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 hollow of His hand.
Another very old Irish 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!
There are of course literally hundreds more Irish blessings and toasts.