Sláinte is commonly used as a drinking toast in Ireland, Scotland and the Isle of Man, literally translating as “health”. There are numerous circumstances in which slainte may be used. In bars, many people salute each other with a “slainte” before drinking, or after someone has purchased a drink for someone. It may also be said as a toast at the start of a meal or celebration, collectively welcoming all of the attendees and wishing them good health.
May the road rise to meet you, the wind be always at your back, the sun shine warm upon your face and, until we meet again, may God hold you in the palm of His hand.
– Irish Blessing
Irish Saint Patrick’s Day Toasts
Saint Patrick was a gentleman,
An Irishman, by the name of O’Malley proposed to his girl on St. Patrick’s Day. He gave her a ring with a synthetic diamond. The excited young lass showed it to her father, a jeweller. He took one look at it and saw it wasn’t real.
The young lass on learning it wasn’t real returned to her future husband. She protested vehemently about his cheapness.
‘It was in honour of St. Patrick’s Day, ‘he smiled.
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