Irish Baby Blessings:  Express Your Irish Side (and Theirs :-) at an Early Age!

Blessings play a key role in Irish culture, and Irish baby blessings are a cherished Irish tradition. We use them at birthdays, baby showers, christenings … anywhere we wish to honor and protect a child or their new parents.

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Laughing baby with shamrock onesie.

As with all Irish sayings, baby blessings range from funny to wise to just plain tear-jerkers.

There are hundreds of blessings to choose from, and each has its own special meaning to the speaker, listener or reader.

Here is one short, sweet Irish baby blessing:

May strong arms hold you
Caring hearts tend you
And may love await you at every step

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Have a bit more time?  Read on for a bit more background on Irish Baby Blessings.

So ... What is an Irish Baby Blessing?

A traditional Irish blessing can be used in many ways.  "May peace be yours," "may you enjoy good health," and other good wishes apply to people of any age.

So what makes for a good Irish Baby blessing?

We look for beautiful blessings and Irish prayers that suggest the beginning of a long and healthy life journey for the baby, and a strong loving relationship with the new parents.

Here are our favorites!

Our Favorite Irish Baby Blessings

If you are like us, you prefer your blessings short, sweet and easy to remember. If they also rhyme, that’s a bonus!

Have a look at our favorite Irish baby blessings, as chosen by our readers:

Many Years to Live

May God grant you many years to live
For sure He must be knowing
The earth has angels all too few
And Heaven is overflowing


May strong arms hold you
Caring hearts tend you
And may love await you at every step

Little Angels

May all the blessings of our Lord touch your life today
May He send His little angels to protect you on your way
Such a wee little fit, sent from above
Someone so precious to cherish and love

Good Luck

May sunshine and moonbeams dance over your head
As you quietly slumber in your bed
May good luck be with you wherever you go
And your blessings outnumber the shamrocks that grow

Love of St Patrick

May the love and protection
St Patrick can give
Be yours in abundance
As long as you live

Luck, Joy and Laughter

Lucky stars above you
Sunshine on your way
Many friends to love you
Joy in work and play

Laughter to outweigh each care
In your heart a song
And gladness waiting everywhere
All your whole life long

Family is Wealth

A newborn babe
brings light to the house
warmth to the hearth
and joy to the soul
for wealth is family
and family is wealth

Children and Grandchildren

Children are the rainbow of life
Grandchildren are the pot of gold

Laughter to Cheer You

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

And finally...

May your blessings outnumber the shamrocks that grow
and may trouble avoid you wherever you go

May you live as long as you want
and never want as long as you live

May the road rise to meet you
May the wind be at your back
May the sun shine warm upon your face
and May God hold you in the palm of his hand

A new born babe brings light to the cottage, warmth to the heart, and joy to the soul, for wealth is family and family is wealth. - Irish proverb

Where To Next?

Irish blessings are an essential part of Irish culture and heritage. Share them during special occasions, to celebrate Irish culture and express your personal Irish side!

For more information of this type, you may want to pay a visit to our main section on Irish Sayings here!

Want More Irish Sayings?

It is probably obvious - at Irish Expressions, we love Irish wit and wisdom!  Learning Irish sayings gives us a deeper sense of connection with Ireland, wherever in the world we happen to be!

We have captured many of our favorite Irish sayings in an e-book called "77 Favorite Irish Sayings."  In it you will find Irish proverbs, jokes, limericks, blessings and quotes on many, many topics!

This fun, free guide is available to you to download.  Simply scroll to the bottom of the page and share your email address for instant access!

Your Personal Irish Expression

One way to share your love of Ireland is by displaying your family coat of arms (family crest).  A very personal symbol of the stories and accomplishments of your ancestors can adorn clothing, kitchenware, wall art, personal accessories and so much more. 

Want to have a look?  Our friends at House of Names can help! 

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Want to Feel More Connected to Ireland?  Here's How!

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Over the years we have compiled many free, downloadable resources including lyrics, recipes, games, jokes, blessings and much, much more.  Would you like to receive them ALL for FREE?  Simply share your email for instant access!


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A Note from Bruce

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