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Toasts to the Irish

Traditional Toasts to Love, Happiness, Health and Drink


Irish folk-lore is riddled with inspirational words, stories and songs about luck, love and happiness that have helped the people of the island through many of the most difficult times. Considering the Irish do love their pubs, beer and whiskey, it is only natural that these colorful phrases were developed into toasts.

End your St. Patrick’s Day toast off with a hearty ‘Sláinte!’ (pronounced ‘slawn-cha’), which means Health! and is the equivalent to ‘Cheers!’

To St. Patrick's Day:

"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."

To Ireland:

"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!"

To Drinking:

"May you always have a clean shirt, a clear conscience, and enough coins in your pocket to buy a pint!"

To Drinking:

"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!"

To Drinking:

"In all this world, why I do think
There are five reasons why we drink:
Good friends,
good wine,
lest we be dry
and any other reason why."

To Drinking:

"May the winds of fortune sail you,
May you sail a gentle sea.
May it always be the other guy
who says, "this drink's on me.""

To Drinking:

"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!"

To Luck:

"May you have all the happiness
and luck that life can hold—
And at the end of all your rainbows
may you find a pot of gold."

To Luck:

"If you’re enough lucky to be Irish...
You’re lucky enough!"

To Luck:

"May the luck of the Irish
Lead to happiest heights
And the highway you travel
Be lined with green lights.
Wherever you go and whatever you do,
May the luck of the Irish be there with you."
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