In today’s blog post, I give you a world of Irish marriage wishes at your fingertips.Or better still a world of Irish wedding blessings on the tip of your tongue, so you can rhyme them off at will, as you wish the happy grooms and brides the very best for their future lives together.
Some of these sayings crossed the Atlantic many years ago, and have become more widely quoted in America than in modern Ireland.
But I hope these blessings and sayings will keep Irish eyes smiling and laughing during any wedding celebration, wherever the festivities may be.
The mystical, universal Celtic spirit Beathauile is believed to be the crown.
The Christian version of this legend says that the crowned heart is a symbol of God the Father and the two hands are his son Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit.
So the visual arts in Ireland occupied a narrow niche in society, although in fairness it was a niche quite similar to that occupied by painting and sculpture in England, where the fashion for having paintings rather than tapestries was slow to take root and where the 15th century Reformation had virtually erased the tradition of visual arts dating from the middle ages.
In England, as in many countries of the Northern Renaissance (like Flanders and Holland), portrait art had replaced religious painting as the premier genre, and landscape had yet to achieve its full flowering.
Wise old words from Ireland abound, and Irish blessings and sayings for weddings are no exception.
Some are heart warming and tender, some are witty and charming, but all sincerely express wishes of love and happiness for the lucky couple.
Or you may simply wish to honor your Irish heritage during a special wedding celebration.