An Irish Blessing: May the wind be always at your back, may the sun shine warm upon your face….

An Irish blessing….



An Irish blessing….a long ago gift from my aunt, a blessing that hangs above the bed, nestled warmly into a scarf, resting upon a textured tapestry of comfort…extending the wishes and blessings to all…loving kindness wishes….combining multiple traditions, numerous cultures, universal wishes…

May we all feel…
happy and contented,
healthy and strong,
safe and protected
and living with ease…


May the road rise 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






3/17/2013: link to St Patrick’s Day post, 2013, with different images with The Irish Blessing on them:  May the Road Rise to Meet You…. my father’s own Irish heritage

7/31/13: “May the Road Rise to Meet You”  a lovely song, written and sung by Roger McGuinn, formerly of The Byrds

Photo below: Kathy (Pocket Perspectives)  in Ireland, July 2013, sitting on the coast of the island of Inisheer, one of the Aran Islands…. “dancing” scarf, blowing freely in the winds of the Irish spirits…

Moved by the winds of the Irish spirits


moved by the winds of the irish spirits ~

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32 Responses to An Irish Blessing: May the wind be always at your back, may the sun shine warm upon your face….

  1. this is one of my favourite blessings of all time.


  2. pman777 says:

    Very touching, Kathy. A happy St. Patrick’s Day to you!



    • thank you Peter….and heartfelt wishes to both you and Julie for many more years of Irish eyes smiling at and along with you…(Peter is my husband, Julie our daughter : ) ) Happy St Patrick’s Day…may the luck of the Irish be with you….


  3. sufilight says:

    Happy St. Patrick’s Day! May the luck of the Irish also be with you. 🙂


  4. zendictive says:

    I had heard this before but
    never knew it was an irish blessing… happy patty’ day to you (~_~)


  5. “On Eagles Wings” is a contemporary piece of Christian music that repeats the last line. I love it. ♪♫ Josh Groban sings it. The song and lyrics are available on youtube.


  6. Hi Georgette….what a beautiful song. I just listened to it on youtube…it’s very special. It’s a comforting thought…to be held in the palm of the hand.


  7. Kate Kresse says:

    Lovely post! hope your St. Patrick’s Day was a joy and lots of fun


  8. nrhatch says:

    Aye . . . the Irish have a wee way with words! Love this.

    My other favorites:

    *Count your joys instead of your woes. Count your friends instead of your foes. ~ Irish Proverb

    *Dance as if no one is watching, sing as if no one is listening; and live as if each day were your last! ~ Irish Proverb


  9. granbee says:

    To live within the terms of this famous Irish Blessing would be truly magical, walking and flying with “The Little People”, don’t you know?


  10. Hi,

    I was passing by and found the Irish blessing so haunting. Hope to visiit again.




  11. Joni says:

    I first heard this quote in high school, given to me by a friend. I’ve always remembered him by it…thanks for coming by & the “like”.


  12. Kate Kresse says:

    Great post. You always find a way to have the most amazing quotes and lessons in your posts. I truly admire that. So I am giving you the ABC award yoday


  13. Joni says:

    I love this poem. I first heard it many years ago when a friend in High School gave it to me…it has always held special meaning for me…thanks for coming by and the “like”!


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