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!
“Always remember to forget
The troubles that pass away.
But never forget to remember
The blessings that come each day.”
“May your pockets be heavy and your heart be light.
May good luck pursue you each morning and night.”
“May your heart be light and happy,
May your smile be big and wide,
May your pockets always have
A coin or two inside!”
“In the New Year, may your right hand
always be stretched out in friendship
and never in need.”
“May the saddest day of your future be no worse
than the happiest day of your past.”
“May you get all your wishes but one,
so that you always have something to strive for!”
“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.”
“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!”
“Go mbeire muid beo ar an am seo arís.”
May we be alive this time next year!
If you’re interested in learning how to say “Happy New Year” in Irish or Gaelic, or in exploring some old Irish folk beliefs and customs for this holiday, why not check out my Happy New Year post for 2016 here.
Athbhlian Faoi Mhaise Daoibh!
(Happy New Year)
Irish American Mom
Phonetic pronunciation for Athbhlian Faoi Mhaise Daoibh goes like this “ah-vleen fway vah-sha jeeve.”