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


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:


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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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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.



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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.



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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.


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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.


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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

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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

An Irish Blessing




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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

Thanksgiving Travels – Irish Blessings For A Safe Journey

Thanksgiving travels are a time of anticipation and joy.  As Americans journey many miles to be with their loved ones, I wish you all safe travels.


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I thought I might share some special Irish blessings, to speed you on your journeys. As Thanksgiving travels get fully underway, these Irish words of wisdom may bring a smile to your face, and entertain you on your way.

I wish all my fellow countrymen, traveling far and near, safe and pleasant trips.


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Irish Blessings For Those Taking A Journey


“The love and affection of the angels be to you,

The love and affection of the saints be to you,

The love and affection of heaven be to you,

To guard and to cherish you.

May God shield you on every step,

May He aid you on every path,

And may He hold you safe on every slope,

On every hill and on every plain;

On earth and on sea until you are home again.”


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“May the strength of Three be in your journey!”


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“May the good saints protect you,

And bless you today.

And may troubles ignore you,

Each step of the way.”


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“May you have warm words on a cold evening,

A full moon on a dark night,

And the road downhill all the way to your door.”


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“May the sun shine, all day long,

Everything go right, and nothing wrong.

May those you love bring love back to you,

And may all the wishes you wish come true!”

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“May you have the hindsight

to know where you’ve been,

The foresight to know where you’re going,

And the insight to know

when you’re going too far.”


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And so, whatever mode of transport you choose  to travel by this Thanksgiving, I wish you and yours a safe and enjoyable journey.

Slan agus beannacht leat!

(Goodbye and blessings)


Irish American Mom