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Entry from March 01, 2020
“Walls for the wind, a roof for the rain, and drinks beside the fire…” (Irish blessing)

An Irish blessing popular on St. Patrick’s Day was printed in the Edmonton (Alberta) Journal on March 17, 1965:

“Walls for the wind
And a roof for the rain
And tea beside the fire --
Laughter to cheer you
And them you love near you—
And all that your heart might desire!”


“Tea” is replaced with “drinks” in this version, printed in the Odessa (TX) American on April 27, 1997:

“Walls for the wind
And a roof for the rain,
And drinks beside the fire.
Laughter to cheer you
And those you love near you.
And all that your heart may desire.”



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17 March 1965, Edmonton (Alberta) Journal, “As They Say In Ireland” by Ruth Bowen, p. 21, col. 1:
Today’s for the Irish.

And Ireland-born Maimie Boyle sends a greeting that might have come from the Saint himself.

Let’s share it—

“Wishing you always…
Walls for the wind
And a roof for the rain
And tea beside the fire --
Laughter to cheer you
And them you love near you—
And all that your heart might desire!
And a Happy St. Patrick’s Day Too!”

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1 April 1965, Pike County Dispatch (Milford, PA), “Poetry Corner” by Ruth Donohue, pg. 10, col. 5:
One of the nicest wises I know of—it came to me on a St. Patrick’s Day card (courtesy of Bill Collins, Milford and St. Petersburg, Fla.):

A WISH FOR YOU
Wishing you always --
Walls for the wind
And a roof for the rain
And tea beside the fire --
Laughter to cheer you
And those you love near you—
And all that your heart
Might desire!!!!

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12 March 1967, La Crosse (WI) Sunday Tribune, “’Beat’ Note Creeps Into St. Pat’s Day” (UPI), pg. 8, col. 2:
But perhaps the contemporary Iris lad or lass may prefer this wish: “Walls for the wind, and a roof for the rain, and tea beside the fire; Laughter to cheer you and those you love near you, and all that your heart might desire.”

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St Patrick’s Day wishes for next year
T. K. Cassidy
3/21/97
My darling mother-in-law sent us a wonderful card fro St. Pat’s. I loved the poem and thought you allwould like it as well.
Wishing you always
walls for the wind,
a roof for the rain,
a warm cup of tea by the fire --
Laughter to cheer you,
those you love near you
and all that your heart might desire!

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27 April 1997, Odessa (TX) American, “Obituaries,” pg. 3B, col. 6:
An Irish Blessing:
Walls for the wind
And a roof for the rain,
And drinks beside the fire --
Laughter to cheer you
And those you love near you,
And all that your heart may desire!

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Lame Irish Jokes
Bambi C.
3/17/04
An Irish Blessing
Walls for the wind
And a roof for the rain,
And drinks beside the fire.
Laughter to cheer you
And those you love near you.
And all that your heart may desire.

Twitter
Shelby Kent-Stewart ™
@ShelbyKStewart
Wherever you are and whatever you’re celebrating, from my house to yours, I wish you…
Walls for the wind,
And a roof for the rain,
And drinks beside the fire,
Laughter to cheer you,
And those you love near you,
And all that your heart may desire. ~ Irish Blessing
5:20 PM · Dec 24, 2019·Twitter Web App

Twitter
Liz Charles
@Lizcharles0
So the day ends.
Goodnight my special friends.
Wishing you always…
Walls for the wind,
A roof for the rain
And tea beside the fire.
Laughter to cheer you,
Those you love near you Lion face
And all that your heart may desire
12:40 PM · Feb 12, 2020·Twitter Web App

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