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

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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!



Beannachtaí na Féile Pádraig

(St. Patrick’s Day Blessings)

Irish American Mom

Irish Toasts & Blessings For A Happy New Year

Here is a collection of Irish toasts and blessings to help you ring in the New Year, with a little bit of Irish wit and wisdom.

Happy New Year To All!



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Always remember to forget

The troubles that pass away.

But never forget to remember

The blessings that come each day.


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May your pockets be heavy and your heart be light.

May good luck pursue you each morning and night.


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May your heart be light and happy,

May your smile be big and wide,

May your pockets always have

A coin or two inside!

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In the New Year, may your right hand always be stretched out in

friendship and never in need.

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May the saddest day of your future be no worse than the

happiest day of your past.

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May you get all your wishes but one, so that you always have

something to strive for!


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Count your blessings instead of your crosses.

Count your gains instead of your losses.

Count your joys instead of your woes.

Count your friends instead of your foes.

Count your smiles instead of your tears.

Count your courage instead of your fears.

Count your full times instead of your lean.

Count your kind deeds instead of your mean.

Count your health instead of your wealth.

Love your neighbor as much as yourself.


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When we drink, we get drunk.

When we get drunk, we fall asleep.

When we fall asleep, we commit no sin.

When we commit no sin, we go to heaven.

So, let’s all get drunk, and go to heaven!


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“Go mbeire muid beo ar an am seo arís.”

May we be alive this time next year!



Athbhlian Faoi Mhaise Daoibh!

(Happy New Year)



Irish American Mom