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11 Lovely Irish New Years Blessings + Toasts for 2023

11 Lovely Irish New Years Blessings + Toasts for 2023

Irish New Year Blessings come in all shapes and sizes.

And, as is the case with many Irish blessings and Irish toasts, they range from funny to formal.

Below, you’ll find our favourites and there’s a mix of religious and non-religious ones to choose from!

Our favourite Irish New Year Blessings

irish new years toast

Photos via O’Connell’s on FB

Before we get to our Irish New Years toasts below, I’d like to wise you and yours a safe and happy 2024.

It feels strange to be typing that now, several months before NYE arrives, but I hope 2024 turns out to be everything you hope it to be. 

Right, let’s dive into the different Irish New Year blessings. Enjoy!

1. May your mornings bring joy

a blessing for the future

First up is one of the more religious Irish New Year blessings in this article and it’s full of well wishes.

It wishes the listener/reader friendship, joy and peace and it finishes with the reminder that God has touched their life in many ways.

“May your mornings bring joy and your evenings bring peace. 

May your troubles grow few as your Irish blessings increase. 

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

May your hands be forever clasped in friendship and your hearts joined forever in love. 

Your lives are very special, and God has touched you in many ways.

May his blessings rest upon you and fill all your coming days.”

2. The lilt of Irish laughter

a quirky reading

Arguably one of the more famous Irish New Years toasts, this one has plenty of Irish references packed into it.

With mentions of ‘Irish magic’ and ‘lilting Irish laughter’, it’ll suit those of you looking to add a dollop of ‘Irishness’ to your NYE wishes.

“May the lilt of Irish laughter lighten every load, 

may the mist of Irish magic shorten every road, 

may you taste the sweetest pleasures that fortune ere bestowed, 

and may all your friends remember all the favours you are owed.”

3. A traditional blessing

may the road rise up to meet you

Few traditional Irish New Years toasts are as widely known and loved as ‘May the road rise to meet you‘.

Although this one is most frequently plonked next to Irish wedding blessings, it’s very apt as an Irish New Year blessing thanks to its theme that wishes the listener a safe journey ahead.

“May the road rise up to meet you. 

May the wind be always at your back. 

May the sun shine warm upon your face, 

the rains fall soft upon your fields,

and until we meet again, 

may God hold you in the palm of His hand.”

4. May you have all the happiness

a blessing for love

Our of the 11 Irish New Years toasts in this article, this one is the one I find myself returning to. Why?

Well, it’s short, it follows a simple rhyming scheme and the final lines mention of an ‘Irish heart’ give it a nice dollop of ‘Irishness’.

“May your home be filled with laughter,

May your pockets be filled with gold,

And may you have all the happiness,

Your Irish heart can hold.”

5. Blue be the skies

may green be the grass

This is another of several short Irish New Year blessings and you’ll often seen it sitting alongside Irish birthday blessings as it’s full of well wishes.

Short and sweet, it gets right to-the-point from the beginning and it’s easy to memorise and recite, if needed.

“May green be the grass you walk on,

May blue be the skies above you,

That pure be the joys that surround you,

May true be the hearts that love you.”

6. May all life’s passing seasons

a blessing for love

This is a popular positive Irish New Year blessing even those it’s also used as an Irish wedding toast.

It contains many wishes for the future, which the reader/listener will interpret as wishes for the new year ahead.

“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.”

7. Forget the things that made you sad

gratitude toast

There are many Irish New Years toasts that follow the theme of gratitude.

You’ll see this Irish blessing framed quite a bit but it’ll work well in a card, too.

“Always remember to forget

The things that made you sad.

But never forget to remember

The things that made you glad.”

8. A coin or two inside

happiness toast

Short and simple, this Irish blessing for the New Year wishes the reader/listener happiness and prosperity.

The first two lines are packed with warm sentiment while the final two add in a little humour (see more funny Irish blessings).

“May your heart be light and happy,

May your smile be big and wide,

And may your pockets always have

A coin or two inside!”

9. For sunlight after showers

an irish themed blessing

If you’re on the hunt for short Irish New Year blessings that are very handy to memorise, this next verse is a great option.

It’s brimming with poetic imagery and plenty of ‘Irishness’ and it’ll suit those of you looking to add a traditional Irish New Years toast to your evening.

“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”.

10. May all your friends remember

funny toast

If you’re looking for Irish blessings for the New Year that bring in a dash of ‘Irishness’ to its verse, this one should tickle your fancy.

It has mighty mentions of the ‘Mist of Irish magic’ and the ‘Lilt of Irish laughter’.

“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!”

11. Irish blessings for friends

a pleasant reading

The last of our Irish New Year toasts boasts a beautiful bit of imagery intertwined into its verse.

In this blessing, you’ll find a mix of pagan and Christian traditions. The entire verse, while short, is grounded by blessings of laughter and friendship (see more Irish friendship blessings).

“May God grant you always a sunbeam to warm you, a moonbeam to charm you, 

a sheltering angel so nothing can harm you. 

Laughter to cheer you, faithful friends near you.

And whenever you pray, Heaven to hear you.”

What Irish New Years toasts have we missed?

I’ve no doubt that we’ve unintentionally left out some brilliant Irish New Year sayings from the guide above.

If you have any Irish New Years sayings that you’d like to recommend, let me know in the comments below and I’ll check it out!

Or, if you’d like to discover more like this, hoping into our guides to Irish proverbs, Gaelic phrases and funny Irish sayings

FAQs about Irish blessings for the New Year

We’ve had a lot of questions over the years asking about everything from ‘What’s a good Irish New Year saying?’ to ‘What blessing will work in a card?”.

In the section below, we’ve popped in the most FAQs that we’ve received. If you have a question that we haven’t tackled, ask away in the comments section below.

What is the best Irish new year wishes?

This will depend on both you and the person you’re sending it to. However, ‘May the road rise to meet you’ is an old reliable and it’s arguably one of the most appropriate Irish blessings for the New Year.

What do the Irish say at New Year’s?

If you’re looking for an ‘As Gaeilge’ Irish New Years toast, ‘Athbhliain faoi mhaise daoibh’ means ‘Happy New Years’ in Irish. It’s pronounced ‘Ah-vleen fwee vosh-ah gheev’.

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