May The Road Rise To Meet You is one of the most famous Irish blessings of all.
This blessing is celebrated on a Belleek Pottery Irish Blessing plate.
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May The Road Rise To Meet You
The words of this blessing go like this:
May the road rise to meet you
May the wind be always at your back
May the sun shine warm upon your face,
May the rains fall soft upon your fields
And until we meet again
May God hold you in the hollow of His hand.
This verse is painted onto a Belleek pottery plate surrounded by shamrocks and the image of a man with a dog walking on an Irish country road toward a small thatched cottage.
This traditional Irish blessing is an ancient Celtic prayer, and the original version is in Irish.
Once again I am teaming up with Aidan from Gifts of Ireland to bring you another Irish gift this Christmas.
And so, without further ado, let me show you our tenth lovely prize.
(A quick tip from Mom - Take a look at the video at the top or side of this post to see the prize in more detail.)
Day 12 Prize: Health, Love and Happiness Framed Ogham Wishes Wall Art
Celtic literature reveals that our ancestors were very close to nature. Old manuscripts, like the Book of Kells, are filled with images of nature. This old blessing talks about how God interacts with us through nature.
"May The Road rise up to meet you" focuses on God blessing us for a journey. The invocation is that your journey may be an easy one. The road will meet your step by rising up toward you. There will be no big obstacles along the way.
The blessing also calls upon the wind, the sun and the rain to bless us along life's journey. The wind is called upon to blow us onward from behind, to aid us as we progress along our way.
The sun is called upon to warm us on our way, and the rain is to fall softly on our fields.
This blessing is telling us that God will protect us as we journey through life. With faith in God, He will provide for us, and hold us in the hollow of His hand.
Belleek Pottery is located in County Fermanagh in Northern Ireland, and this company has been making pottery since 1857 in the small village that shares the same name, Belleek.
Famed for producing delicate porcelain pieces with a distinctive shamrock pattern, this Irish pottery has been appreciated for generations.
They create more than 100,000 stunning pottery pieces each year, using traditional production methods handed down through the generations over the past 160 years
Belleek Pottery design and create the finest quality handcrafted Irish gifts.
Check Out Our Video Prize Reveal
At the top of this post I've shared a short video featuring this lovely prize.
I met with Aidan from Gifts of Ireland in Dublin, and we shot an information video together highlighting each prize for our giveaway series.
At the end of the video I share how this blessing sounds in the Irish language.
"Go n-éirí an bóthar leat
Go raibh an ghaoth go brách ag do chúl
Go lonraí an ghrian go te ar d'aghaidh
Go dtite an bháisteach go mín ar do pháirceanna
Agus go mbuailimid le chéile arís,
Go gcoinní Dia i mbos A láimhe thú."
Listen to our video to hear the pronunciation.
Here's a printable version of this lovely blessing.
How To Purchase Gifts From Gifts of Ireland
Aidan stocks a wide selection of gifts from the Belleek Pottery collection.
You can purchase this lovely Irish Blessing plate through this link...
I hope you find something you love in this wonderful collection of Irish fine porcelain.
How To Enter Our Giveaway
One reader will win a Belleek Pottery Irish Blessing plate, featuring the words of the famous Irish blessing, "May the road rise to meet you."
To enter simply leave a comment on this blog post by noon Eastern Time on Saturday, December 11th, 2021.
You can write any comment. What you write does not impact your chance of winning. If you need inspiration why not let us know if you have a favorite Irish blessing?
If you live in Canada or Ireland, then please answer the following question in your comment by typing A, B or C for the correct answer ...
Belleek is a village in which of Ireland's thirty-two counties?
A. County Fermanagh
B. County Wexford
C. County Mayo
A winning comment will be chosen randomly using the Pick Giveaway Winner WordPress plug-in.
Remember to leave your e-mail so that I can contact you should you win. Your e-mail won’t be published, just used to contact our winner for mailing of the prize.
The winner will be announced on Saturday, December 11th, 2021, at the bottom of this blog post.
You may check out Irish American Mom’s complete terms and conditions for sweepstakes’ entries here.
A big thank you to all who support this giveaway and share it with family and friends. Why not spread a little Irish Christmas cheer with those you love this year?
Any many thanks to the good folks at Gifts of Ireland for so generously sponsoring this prize, and all the prizes in our 12 Days of Christmas Irish Gift Giveaways.
Thank you for stopping by to check out all of the prizes along the way. Here's a quick recap of our twelve prizes.
- May The Road Rise To Meet You Irish Blessing Plate Day Twelve Gift
- Irish Tweed Cap Day Eleven Prize
- Health, Love and Happiness Ogham Wishes Day Ten Gift
- Love, Loyalty and Friendship Irish Wall Art Day 9 Gift
- Celtic Pocket Watch By Mullingar Pewter Day 8 Gift
- Erin Knitwear Hat For Her Day Seven Gift
- Celtic Cross Silver Pendant Day Six Gift
- Donegal Tweed Scarf Day Five Christmas Gift
- Ireland Photo Frame Day Four Christmas Giveaway Prize
- Quiet Man Cottage - Day Three Prize For Christmas
- Day Two Of Our Twelve Days of Christmas Giveaways
- Day One Of Our Twelve Days Of Christmas Giveaways
Update - Winner Chosen
Our winner has been randomly chosen using the Pick Giveaway Winner Plug-in for WordPress.
And the lucky reader is ….
I’ll send an email to arrange mailing of her prize. A big thank you to everyone for supporting this giveaway by leaving comments. I thoroughly enjoyed reading each and every comment.
Thank you all for supporting our Irish American community.
Stay tuned for more stories and giveaways over the coming weeks and months.
Thanks for following my recipes and ramblings.
Slán agus beannacht,
(Goodbye and blessings)
Mairéad -Irish American Mom
Pronunciation - slawn ah-gus ban-ock-th
Mairéad - rhymes with parade
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