The Gift Of Peacefulness In Celtic Words Of Wisdom

As we prepare to say good-bye to 2014 and celebrate the start of 2015, I’m avoiding my annual pit-fall of writing a long list of resolutions. I’m only destined to break them long before the end of January. 

As 2014 draws to a close, I’m simply taking time for reflection.

You have traveled too fast over false ground

Instead of sharing ill-fated resolutions with you this year, I created a photo collection highlighting my favorite Celtic quotations and blessings, focusing upon the gifts of peacefulness, calm and reflection. 


When I read these words uttered by Michael Collins, I feel a deep sense of sadness.

He lost his life for Ireland’s freedom, never finding the peace he so longed for.

May he rest in peace, knowing his sacrifices are appreciated by generations.

And I shall have some peace there

William Butler Yeats coined the most famous of all Irish words about seeking peace.

In 1888 he wrote “The Lake Isle of Innisfree”. His poignant words echo with many of us, who long for a quiet place, close to nature, to be alone, and to find our own inner peace.

However, at the end of his beautiful poem, Yeats reveals he shall only go there in his heart.

May the blessings of light be upon you - Celtic Blessing

And so this New Year, I hope you too find peace in your heart.

Here are my New Year wishes for all those who read my ramblings ……


God bless the corners of this house

May the blessings of contentment be with you

and fill your home with happiness.


We do not need to go out and find love

May you find time to be alone,

and at peace with your thoughts.


May we live in peace without weeping

May you experience joy and fulfillment

in the present moment.


Draw alongside the silence of stone - John O'Donohue

May your soul find peace

And strength in silence.


When we walk on earth with reverence - John O'Donohue

 May the beauty of the world

draw you where you need to go.


Deep peace to you

 And as you continue on life’s journey,

May you remember it is not always your destination,

but your journey that truly matters.


Whether you are lucky enough to travel to a place of solitude to find calm, or if that is not possible, you choose to travel to your quiet place in your heart, I wish you a New Year filled with peace and joy.


Athbhlian Faoi Mhaise Daoibh!

(Happy New Year)


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. Credit


“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


Irish Wisdom – The Power Of Friendship (Part 1)

The power and importance of friendship is recognized in Ireland’s ancient sagas and myths, in her wealth of proverbs and blessings, and in her literature both old and new.

Today I thought I might share some of these beautiful quotations from yesterday and today.  As I compiled my list, my blog post grew longer and longer.  So many wonderful old words reflect the importance of friendship on life’s journey, I decided to break this post into a two-part series.

Today, I share some wonderful Irish proverbs and blessings.  In part 2, we will focus on some famous Irish quotations on the topic of friendship.


Irish Proverbs: 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.



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Two shorten the road!



Friends are better than gold.



Friendship is a fine thing, though bitter is the parting.


There is no need like the lack of a friend.



Image Credit are like fiddle-strings—they must not be screwed too tightly.


May the hinges of our friendship never grow rusty

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Don’t be hard and don’t be soft,

And don’t desert your friend for your own share.

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Always remember to forget,

The friends that proved untrue.

But never forget to remember

Those that have stuck by you!

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‘Tis better to buy a small bouquet

And give to your friend this very day,

Than a bushel of roses white and red

To lay on his coffin after he’s dead. friend’s eye is a good mirror


A best friend is like a four leaf clover: hard to find and lucky to have.


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Irish Blessings:



Lucky stars above you,

Sunshine on your way,

Many friends to love you,

Joy in work and play-

Laughter to outweigh each care,

In your heart a song-

And gladness waiting everywhere

All your whole life long!


May your home always be too small to hold all your friends.




May the roof above us never fall in,

and may we friends gathered below never fall out.

Rainbow in the West of Ireland

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!

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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 windowpane.

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. Credit


May God give you….

For every storm a rainbow,

For every 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. Credit

May the friendships you make be those which endure

And all of your gray clouds be small ones for sure,

And trusting in Him to Whom we all pray,

May a song fill your heart every step of the way.


Slán agus beannacht leat!

(Goodbye and blessings)

Irish American Mom


Happy St. Patrick’s Day Image Credit

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 Credit


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

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