The classic Irish "craic" comes alive with a toast to friends and drinking buddies. Sometimes rowdy and sometimes sweet, Irish toasts recap the history, the feelings and the sole of a much-loved country. Yet you don't need to be a native to relish the spirit of the Old Sod. This St. Patrick's Day, hold up your Guinness proudly and clink glasses with these traditional Irish toasts:
Toast to St. Patrick
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.
Beannachtam na Feile Padraig. (Happy St. Patrick's Day.)
Gaelic Friendship Toasts
•Sláinte: "Cheers," or "To your health."
•Sláinte chuig na fir, agus go mairfidh na mná go deo: "Health to the men, and may the women live forever."
•Faol saol agat, gob fliuch, agus bás in Éirinn: "Long life to you, a wet mouth, and death in Ireland."
•Croi follain agus gob fliuch: "A healthy heart and a wet mouth."
•Céad Míle Fáilte: "One hundred thousand welcomes."
•Go mbeire muid beo ar an am seo aris: "May we be alive at this time next year."
•Fad saol agat: "Long life to you."
•Sláinte agus táinte: "Health and wealth."
•Go raibh tú daibhir i mí-áidh
Agus saibhir i mbeannachtaí
Go mall ag déanamh namhaid,
go luath a déanamh carad,
Ach saibhir nó daibhir,
go mall nó go luath,
Nach raibh ach áthas agat
Ón lá seo amach.
"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."
Irish Drinking Toasts
•It is better to spend money like there's no tomorrow,
Than to spend tonight like there's no money!
•My friends are the best friends,
Loyal, willing and able.
Now let's get to drinking!
All glasses off the table!
•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!
Here's to me, and here's to you,
And here's to love and laughter.
I'll be true as long as you,
And not one moment after.
•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!
•I drink to your health when I'm with you,
I drink to your health when I'm alone,
I drink to your health so often,
I'm starting to worry about my own!
•Practice makes perfect,
There's many do think,
But a man's not too perfect when he's practiced at drink.
•If you cheat, may you cheat death.
If you steal, may you steal a woman's heart.
If you fight, may you fight for a brother.
And if you drink, may you drink with me.
Toasts to Family and Friends
•I have known many and liked not a few, but loved only one, and this toast is to you.
•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!
•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!
•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 favors you are owed!
•May your thoughts be as glad as the shamrocks.
May your heart be as light as a song.
May each day bring you bright happy hours,
That stay with you all year long.