Ireland - Poetry, Verse and Books


Poems and Verse

Ireland features a vast amount of poems, lyrics, blessings, proverbs, toasts and stories and of course famous writers such as William Butler Yeats.

Here a small extract of those I like most ... partly also with Irish texts (no guarantee for correctness though).


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 hollow of His hand.
Go n-éirí an bóthar leat
Go raibh an ghaoth go brách ag do chúl
Go lonraí an ghrian go te ar d'aghaidh
Go dtite an bháisteach go mín ar do pháirceanna
Agus go mbuailimid le chéile arís,
Go gcoinní Dia i mbos A láimhe thú.

Health for life to you,
A wife of your choice to you,
Land without rent to you,
A child every year to you,
And the light of heaven
after this world for you.
Sláinte go saol agat,
Bean ar do mhian agat.
Leanbh gach blían agat,
is solas na bhflaitheas
tar eis an tsail seo agat.
May those who love us,
Love us.
And those who do not love us,
May God turn their hearts.
And if He doesn't turn their hearts,
May He turn their ankles,
So we'll know them by their limping.
Go bhfana í ngrá linn,
Iad siúd atá í ngrá linn.
Iad siúd nach bhfuil,
Go gcasa Dia a gcroíthe.
Agus muna gcasann Sé a gcroíthe
Go gcasa Sé caol na coise acu
Go n-aithneoimid iad as a mbacadaíl.
May your glass be ever full.
May the roof over your head.
be always strong.
May you be in heaven
a half hour before
the devil knows you're dead.
Go raibh do ghloine lán go deo.
Go raibh láidir go breá
an dion thar do cheann.
Go raibh tú í Neamh,
leathúair os comhair
a bhfuil a fhíos ag an diabhal
atá tú bás.
May your day be touched
by a bit of Irish luck,
brightened by a song in your heart,
and warmed by the smiles
of the people you love.
May there always be work for your hands to do.
May your purse always hold a coin or two.
May the sun always shine on your windowpane.
May a rainbow be certain to follow each rain.
May the hand of a friend always be near you.
May God fill your heart with gladness to cheer you.
Wherever you go and whatever you do,
May the luck of the Irish be there with you.
Here's Céad Míle Fáilte to friend and to rover
That's a greeting that's Irish as Irish can be
It means you are welcome
A thousand times over
Wherever you come from, Whosoever you be


May love and laughter light your days,
and warm your heart and home.
May good and faithful friends be yours,
wherever you may roam.
May peace and plenty bless your world
with joy that long endures.
May all life's passing seasons
bring the best to you and yours!



Books about Ireland is topic for this small, but expandable section ...



Irisches Tagebuch

Heinrich Böll

Deutscher Taschenbuch Verlag

ISBN 3-423-00001-5
132 Seiten

Ein Klassiker der Literatur - Heinrich Böll beschreibt seine Reise nach Irland und sein Leben in Irland, das er 1954 zum ersten Mal besucht. Keine schwere Literatur, sondern eine leichtfüßige Beschreibung im - wie der Titel schon beschreibt - Tagebuchstil. Trotz der langen Zeitstrecke seit der Veröffentlichung findet der Irlandreisende immer wieder Anekdoten und Orte, die ihn bei seinen Touren ein Dejavu-Gefühl geben.


Irrwitziges Irland

David Monagan

National Geographic Adventure Press

ISBN 978-3-89405-295-9
320 Seiten

Ein Amerikaner startet einen Neuanfang mit Kind und Kegel in Irland - dem Land seiner Vorfahren, das er in verklärter Erinnerung von vorgehenden Reisen behalten hat. Vieles ist anders als erwartet, komplizierter, überraschend. Er lebt seinen Traum Irland dennoch, und während man seinen autobiographischen Erzählungen folgt lernt man einiges über das moderne Irland mit seinen Realitäten, Unbedingt empfehlenswert - vor allem für solche die sich mit eigenen Ausreiseplänen beschäftigen.

Round Ireland with a Fridge

Tony Hawks

Ebury Press

ISBN 0-09-186777-0
264 pages

Another book of someone travelling round Ireland. A bet was the starting signal for the journey with a dometsic appliance. In one calendar month the comedian Tony Hawks had to finalize his hitch-hiking tour through the Emerald Isle in order to win 100 British pounds. This silly adevnture is narrated in a funny and entertaining way leaving lots of opportunities for a good laugh or at least smile. Even though giving very much of a detail level on Ireland's culture and nature, it's worth just for the fun of it.
Check his website:

Last of the Donkey Pilgrims

Kevin O'Hara

Tom Doherty Associates

ISBN 0-765-30984-X
430 pages

"A man's journey through Ireland". That's how it reads on the cover, and that's what the book is all about. Kevin, an Irish-American former soldier trying to forget his bad memories of the war, goes to Ireland, the land of his parent's people, and travels all the coast of Ireland as we did. The difference: He used an ancient way of travelling with a donkey called Missie Mickdermot and a cart pulled by his little ass (Fleetwood). A true story of the country, it's beauty, the people in both parts of the split country, true hospitality and a young man fulfilling a life-task.
Definitely some story you should read when your intention is to travel Ireland or as a review when you did so.
Check his website:


Dia dhuit - God be with you !