Making use of Irish birthday sayings can add a nice touch to your birthday celebrations. There are many different sayings to choose from.
You can select some of the more solemn blessings, or take the humorous approach by using limericks or jokes with an Irish twist.
One of the best ways to add a distinctly Irish flavor is to offer a toast to the person whose birthday it is, using a traditional Irish birthday blessing.
Since birthday parties are meant to be fun occasions, the host could possibly recite a few limericks first to get the party-goers laughing. And good jokes are always welcome at parties.
Limericks are easy to compose, and it can be a great source of fun at birthday parties to get people to write and recite their own limericks.
Another good party game is to have a person create a first line, then another person adds the second line, and so on.
The host should explain the basic structure by giving an example or two, and should encourage the composers to come up with something relevant to the occasion. Here is an example:
Said Murphy's mother after his birth
Delivering 10lbs really hurt
He went on to eat well
His body it did swell
And every birthday he adds to his girth
For many more examples, see our article on Funny Birthday Limericks!
Another fun birthday tradition you might try is sharing an Irish birthday blessing. A typical example is the one shown below.
May you always find
Blue skies above your head
Shamrocks beneath your feet
Laughter and joy aplenty
Kindness from all you meet
Good friends and kin to miss you
If ever you choose to roam
And a path that's been cleared
By angels themselves
To carry you safely home
One of the aspects of Irish culture that plays well at birthday parties is the Irish sense of humor.
At times it can be a bit racy (that's part of the fun!) so be selective when celebrating somebody's favorite day! The right joke can add just the right mood to the party.
Here's an example that plays on the myth that many Dubliners end their sentences with the word "right."
Mick O'Donnell came from Kerry to Dublin to attend his cousin's birthday party. Unfortunately, Mick got lost, so he stopped two locals and asked for directions.
One of the men said, "No problem, just go right here, right, and at the end of the road turn left, right. Then go right, right."
Mick was getting increasingly confused with these directions.
The man continued, "At the end of the long street turn left again, right. Then turn left again immediately, right. After that take two more rights and you're there, right."
Noticing Mick's total bewilderment, the man's companion piped up, "If I were you, I wouldn't start from here at all!"
Irish birthday sayings can add an Irish spark to an ordinary birthday party.
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