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Irish Toasts

May you be so tight with God that the devil can`t squeeze in

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.

May you be poor in misfortune Rich in blessings Slow to make enemies Quick to make friends But rich or poor,quick or slow, May you know nothing but happiness From this day forward May the face of every good news and the back of every bad news be toward us.

Like the goodness of the five loaves and two fishes,Which God divided among the five thousand men,May the blessing of the king ywho so divided be upon our share of this common meal.

May the road rise to meet you may the wind be always at your back the sun shine warm upon your face the rain fall soft upon your fields and until we meet again may God hold you in the hollow of his hand.

May the roof above us never fall in, and may we friends gathered below never fall out.

May the strength of three be in your journey.

May peace and plenty be the first to lift the latch on your door and happiness be guided to your home by the candle of Christmas.

In the New Year may your right hand always be strong

St. 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 loose yourself and then forget the good St. Patrick and see all those snakes again.

The health of the salmon and of the trout that swim back and forward near the bulls mouth Dont ask for saucepan jug or mug down the hatch drink it up.

Heres to you and yours and to mine and ours and if mine and ours ever come across you and yours I hope you and yours will do as much for mine and ours as mine and ours have done for you and yours.

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.

May there be a generation of children on the children of your children.

Heres that we may always have a clean shirt a clean conscience and a guinea in our pocket.

Heres a health to your enemies enemies.

Heres health and prosperity to you and all your posterity and them that doesn't drink with sincerity that they may be damned for all eternity.

Rye bread will do you good Barley bread will do you no harm,wheaten bread will sweeten your blood,oaten bread will strengthen your arm.

May you live to be a hundred years with one extra year to repent.

May I see you grey and combing your childrens hair.

Health and long life to you,the woman of your choice to you,a child every year to you,land without rent to you and may you die in Ireland.

The health of the salmon to you a long life,a full heart and a wet mouth.

May the grass grow long on the road to hell for want of use.

May the lord keep you in his hand and never close his fist too tight on you.





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