Irish Birthday Sayings: The Perfect Expression for an Irish-Themed Birthday Party!

Making use of Irish birthday sayings can add a nice touch to your birthday celebrations. There are many different sayings to choose from.

Irish Birthday Sayings: Birthday Present Tag.

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.

If you would like much more information on general Irish blessings you can visit our main section on Irish sayings here!

Now, please enjoy Irish birthday sayings!

Irish Birthday Sayings:  Limericks

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!

Irish Birthday Sayings:  Blessings

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

Blessings like these can be used to create homemade greeting cards, add color to birthday toasts, be turned into gifts (think posters / plaques) and so on.  The possibilities are limited only by the imagination!

Irish Birthday Sayings:  Jokes

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!"

Want More Irish Sayings?

It is probably obvious - at Irish Expressions, we love Irish wit and wisdom!  The age-old sayings of the Emerald Isle bring people together, making us laugh, love and sometimes shed a tear.

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, quotes and more!

This fun, free guide is available to you to download.  Answer two quick questions below to get instant access!

That Was Fun!  What's Next?

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

Irish birthday sayings can add an Irish spark to an ordinary birthday party.

For more ideas on throwing an birthday party Ireland-style, visit our Irish birthdays section here. 

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

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