Irish Rainbow Blessings

Rainbows remind us of possibilities, opportunities and hope. Rainbows are God’s promise – His miracle.

In the midst of life’s storms it is often hard to spot a rainbow, but I think the most important thing is to remember, these miracles of the sky only appear after the storm.

In Ireland rainbows symbolize blessings from heaven, and this is reflected in some of the wise old words from generations past.

In today’s post, I have some wonderful photos of Irish rainbows, compliments of my brother-in-law, which I’ve paired with some traditional old Irish rainbow blessings and sayings.

Rainbow over Sutton, County Dublin

” 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.”

~ Old Irish Blessing

 

Irish Rainbow in cloudy sky

May you have all the happiness

And luck that life can hold

- And at the end of your rainbows

May you find a pot of gold.

~ Old Irish Blessing

 

Donegal Rainbow

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 window pane.

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.

~ Old Irish Blessing

 

Colors of the rainbow

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!

~ Old Irish Blessing

 

Irish Rainbow

“May flowers always line your path and sunshine light your day.

May songbirds serenade you every step along the way.

May a rainbow run beside you in a sky that’s always blue.

And may happiness fill your heart each day your whole life through.”

~ Irish Blessing

 

Rainbow arc

“A rainbow afternoon,  

Good weather coming soon.”

 ~ Old Irish Saying

 

Pot of Gold at the end of the rainbow

 

“Don’t miss all the colors of the rainbow,

Looking for that pot of gold.”

 ~ Old Irish Saying

 

Double Rainbow in Donegal

 “The work will wait while you show the child the rainbow,

But the rainbow won’t wait while you do the work.”

 ~ Old Irish Saying

 

I hope these lovely rainbows, and Irish words of wisdom from the past, remind you that life is a rainbow of promise.

 

Slán agus beannacht leat!

(Goodbye and blessings)

Irish American Mom

 

Donegal Sunsets

As the sun sets, magic spreads across the world.  But according to Oscar Wilde, my obsession with sunsets is very old fashioned, and a sign that I may even be a bit of a stick-in-the-mud.

Oscar Wilde quote about sunsets

Oscar Wilde believed we don’t value sunsets because we don’t have to pay for them.  No matter how “unfashionable” it may be, I will always love sunsets and twilight

When my brother-in-law sent me his photos of the setting sun in Donegal, I was absolutely ecstatic. He shot these photos outside his own front door, looking across the River Swilly near Letterkenny.

A big thank you to my resident Donegal photographer for these beautiful shots.

Here’s one of my favorite Irish blessings to accompany these images.

 

As the sun goes down

May your joys be as bright as the morning,

 

Sunset near Letterkenny, Donegal

and your sorrows merely be shadows

that fade in the sunlight of love.

 

Donegal Sunset

May you have enough happiness to keep you sweet,

 

Golden skies

Enough trials to keep you strong,

 

Cloudy sunset

Enough sorrow to keep you human,

 

Golden summer sky in Ireland

Enough hope to keep you happy,

 

Irish Sky at Twilight

Enough failure to keep you humble,

 

Irish Sunset

Enough success to keep you eager,

 

Mackrel Sky in Ireland

Enough friends to give you comfort,

 

Sunset in Ireland

Enough faith and courage in yourself to banish sadness,

 

The setting sun

Enough wealth to meet your needs

 

As the sun sets in Ireland

and one thing more;

 

Watch the sun go down in Donegal

Enough determination to make each day

a more wonderful day than the one before.

- Old Irish Blessing

 

Somehow, I think if Oscar Wilde was with us today, he too might choose to be “unfashionable” and would love these sunsets too.

 

Slán agus beannacht leat!

(Goodbye and blessings)

 

Irish American Mom

Happy Easter To All

Wising everyone around the world a very happy Easter on this Sunday morning.  Today many of us will gather with our loved ones to celebrate new beginnings, renewal and the resurrection of Jesus.  I hope this weekend you too have the opportunity to be with your loved ones.  For those who can not be with family, may the blessings of Easter bring you peace and joy.

Here is a beautiful Irish blessing to help us embrace the spirit of Easter.

 

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“At the breaking of the Easter dawn

May the Risen Savior bless your home

With grace and peace from above,

With joy and laughter, and with love;

And when night is nigh, and day is done

May He keep you safe from all harm.”

 

I pray this Easter may be a time of renewal for each and every one of us, when we find direction and meaning in our lives, no matter the trials we have overcome nor the discoveries that lie before us.

 

 

Beannachtaí na Cásca Oraibh

(Easter Blessings)

Irish American Mom

 

Happy Father’s Day

Wishing all fathers around the world a very Happy Father’s Day today.  In Irish we say:

 

“Lá na nAthar faoi shona daoibh.”

 

The pronunciation goes something like this:  law nah nah-her fway hun-ah deeve.

And so in honor of all fathers and grandfathers today, I thought I might share some of my favorite quotations from around the world, dedicated to the men we all love.  So let’s start off with a few Irish Blessings for Father’s Day and then some great American quotations.

 

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“You’ve got to do your own growing,

no matter how tall your grandfather was.”

 

- Irish Proverb

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“The work praises the man.”

 

- Irish Proverb

 

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“May there be a generation of children

On the children of your children.”

 

- Irish Blessing

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“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.”

 

- Irish Blessing

 

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“Mothers and fathers hold their children’s hands

for just a little while…

And their hearts forever.”

 

 – Irish Saying

 

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“Fatherhood is pretending the present you love most

is soap-on-a-rope.”

 

- Bill Cosby

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I cannot think of any need in childhood as strong as

the need for a father’s protection.

 

- Sigmund Freud

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“I watched a small man with thick calluses on both

hands work fifteen and sixteen hours a day. I saw

him once literally bleed from the bottoms of his feet, a

man who came here uneducated, alone, unable to

speak the language, who taught me all I needed to

know about faith and hard work by the simple

eloquence of his example.”

 

- Mario Cuomo

 

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“It is admirable for a man to take his son fishing,

but there is a special place in heaven

for the father who takes his daughter shopping.”

 

- John Sinor

 

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“One father is more than a hundred Schoolmasters.”

 

- English Proverb

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“When I was a boy of fourteen,

my father was so ignorant

I could hardly stand to have the old man around.

But when I got to be twenty-one, I was astonished

at how much he had learned in seven years.”

 

- Mark Twain

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“When I was a kid, I said to my father one afternoon,

‘Daddy, will you take me to the zoo?’

He answered,

‘If the zoo wants you, let them come and get you.'”

 

- Jerry Lewis

 

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“May embers from the hearth warm your hands,

May sunshine from an Irish sky warm your face,

May a child’s bright smile warm your heart,

And may everlasting love warm your soul.”

 

- Irish Blessing

 

Happy Father’s Day!

 

Slán agus beannacht leat!

(Goodbye and blessings)

Irish American Mom

Happy St. Patrick’s Day

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I arise today

Through the strength of heaven:

Light of sun,

Radiance of moon,

Splendor of fire,

Speed of lightning,

Swiftness of wind,

Depth of sea,

Stability of earth,

Firmness of rock.

 – From St. Patrick’s Breastplate

8th century prayer

 

 

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As Ireland and America celebrates St. Patrick today, I wish you all safe and happy times with family and friends.

 

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I have been blessed by all the wonderful readers and followers of my little blog.  Your comments, e-mails and words of encouragement have brightened my days over the past few months.  One of my favorite things about this website is hearing from you.  Being new to blogging, I feel honored when you share my stories with friends and spread the word about Irish American Mom.

And so on this St. Patrick’s Day I salute you, the readers of my blog.  Without you, my little corner of the world wide web would be a very lonely place.  Here’s to continuing on this journey of discovery together, as I recount my tales of Ireland and my new role as a proud American Mom.

Happy St. Patrick’s Day to you and yours!

Beannachtaí Na Féile Pádraig

(St. Patrick’s Day Blessings)

Irish American Mom