Top 10 St. Patrick's Day Irish toasts for 2013

The Irish have a way with words, particularly when it comes to colorful St. Patrick's day toasts. Photo: flickr

SAN DIEGO – March 17, 2013 – Looking back at St. Patrick’s Day 2012, we were delighted to discover that our previous WTC list of Irish and Celtic toasts still has no equal in 2013. Perhaps it’s because our selections encompass so many different Irish humors and moods. 

It’s a truth universally acknowledged that Irish and Celtic toasts have been a legendary part of the Emerald Isle’s culture for centuries. They remain a celebrated part of life today. The Irish have always revered the spoken word, considering it a gift to inspire, to lighten the heart, and to lift one another up in hard times. 

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Slainté, St. Patrick!

At times in ancient Ireland, when the culture was still largely illiterate, Irish language and oral history and poetry were in the safekeeping of professional poet-historians known as “bards” who were also skilled in the art of the written word. If a piece of written communication were somehow obtained by one of the townsfolk in that era, he’d be advised to take it immediately to the village or small kingdom’s bard, because “he has the words.” 

Slainte means “To Your Health!”

What a wonderful expression: “has the words.” Possesses the words. Owns the words. Can express the words and the meaning of the words better than anyone else. Which gets us back to the tradition of colorful and meaningful Irish toasts, a most appropriate topic on St. Patrick’s Day. For the Irish indeed still “have the words.” 

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To list every enjoyable, clever Irish toast would take us through next St. Patrick’s Day, at least. But you’ll need at least one authentic Irish toast today as you raise a glass of your favorite adult beverage in a heartfelt salute to Irish culture and all it has contributed to American life. 

Following are our Top Ten Favorite Irish Toasts for St. Patrick’s Day to charm your family and friends:


Irish Shamrocks

Here’s to a long life and a merry one,
A quick death and an easy one,
A pretty girl and an honest one,
A cold pint-and another one!

May the luck of the Irish possess you.

May the devil fly off with your worries.

May God bless you forever and ever.

Here’s to a sweetheart, a bottle, and a friend. The first beautiful, the second full, the last ever faithful.


Saint Patrick was a gentleman,

Who through strategy and stealth,

Drove all the snakes from Ireland,
Here’s a toasting to his health.
But not too many toastings
Lest you lose yourself and then
Forget the good Saint Patrick

And see all those snakes again. 

May the road rise with you…

May your neighbors respect you, trouble neglect you, the angels protect you, and heaven accept you.
May the Irish hills caress you.
May her lakes and rivers bless you.
May the luck of the Irish enfold you.
May the blessings of Saint Patrick behold you.

May the luck of the Irish

Lead to happiest heights
And the highway you travel
Be lined with green lights. 

There 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.

To live above with the Saints we love,

Ah, that is the purest glory.

To live below with the Saints we know,

Ah, that is another story!

May the lilt of Irish laughter lighten every load.
May the mist of Irish magic shorten every road…
And may all your friends remember
all the favours you are owed!

Here’s to the land of the shamrock so green,

Here’s to each lad and his darlin colleen,
Here’s to the ones we love dearest and most.
May God bless old Ireland, that’s this Irishman’s toast! 

I have known many,
and liked not a few,
but loved only one
and this toast is to you.

May those that love us, love us.
And those that don’t love us,

May God turn their hearts.

And if he doesn’t turn their hearts,

May he turn their ankles,

So we’ll know them by their limping.

St. Patrick’s Day is a wonderful day to enjoy the company of treasured friends.

May you be in heaven a full half hour before the devil knows you’re dead.

May you live as long as you want and never want as long as you live.

May the saddest day of your future be no worse than the happiest day of your past.

We drink to your coffin. May it be built from the wood of a hundred year old oak tree that I shall plant tomorrow.

May the good Lord take a liking to you… But not too soon!

May you have warm words on a cold evening, a full moon on a dark night, and a smooth road all the way to your door.

May misfortune follow you the rest of your life, and never catch up.

May you get all your wishes but one,
so that you will always have something to strive for!

Wherever you go and whatever you do,
May the luck of the Irish be there with you.

If you’re enough lucky to be Irish… You’re lucky enough!

May we be alive at this same time again, or try it in Gaelic: Go mbeirimíd beo ar an am seo arís.

If you were counting, yes there are more than Ten Favorite Irish Toasts. But the Irish have a hard time stopping once they get started. And chances are good by the time you need these toasts, you will have enjoyed enough Irish revels that you didn’t even notice.

Beannachtam na Feile Padraig - Happy St. Patrick’s Day!


Gayle Lynn Falkenthal, APR, is President/Owner of the Falcon Valley Group in San Diego, California. She is a redhead but only Irish on St. Patrick’s Day. She is also a serious boxing fan covering the Sweet Science for Communities. Read more Media Migraine and Ringside Seat in the Communities at The Washington Times. Follow Gayle on Facebook and on Twitter @PRProSanDiego. Gayle can be reached via Google +

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Gayle Lynn Falkenthal, MS, APR, is President of the Falcon Valley Group, a San Diego based communications consulting firm. Falkenthal is a veteran award winning broadcast and print journalist, editor, producer, talk host and commentator. She is an instructor at National University in San Diego, and previously taught in the School of Journalism & Media Studies at San Diego State University.


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