Favourite verses from Ireland Calling Facebook

Here by public demand! These are some of the most popular verses and rhymes that have featured on our Facebook page.

These are verses that tug on the heart strings:
Babies Don’t Keep urges parents to enjoy their children while they can and let the housework wait.

Dust if you Must reminds us there’s a big world out there waiting to be explored.

There are poems celebrating the warmth of friendship and urging us to live in the moment…and a few that evoke the romance of old Ireland. We hope you enjoy them. Please let us know if you have any other favourites.
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A Wish for a Friend

Wishing you a rainbow
For sunlight after showers –
Miles and miles of Irish smiles
For golden happy hours –
Shamrocks at your doorway
For luck and laughter too,
And a host of friends that never ends
Each day your whole life through!

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Speak the Irish language

Oh speak the Irish language with me,
Treasure of my heart,
The language my mother spoke to me,
In green Ireland long ago.

She is the language of our ancestors,
The sweetest sounding speech:
Oh, speak the Irish language with me,
And remove sorrow from my heart.

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John O'Donohue poem from Anam Cara

John O’Donohue was a native Irish speaker, and a poet, priest, and philosopher. He popularised Celtic spirituality.
See more of John O’Donohue’s inspirational quotes here
See short bio of John O’Donohue here

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When Irish eyes are smiling

When Irish eyes are smiling,
Sure it’s like a morning spring.
You can hear the angels sing
When Irish hearts are happy
All the world seems bright and gay
And when Irish eyes are smiling
Sure, they steal your heart away. 

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See the history and background to the song When Irish Eyes are Smiling
See Videos of When Irish Eyes are Smiling

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The Shamrock

There’s a dear little plant that grows in our isle,
‘Twas St. Patrick himself, sure, that sets it;
And the sun of his labor with pleasure did smile,
And with dew from his eye often wet it.
It grows through the bog, through the brake, through the mireland,
And they call it the dear little Shamrock of Ireland.

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The Angel’s Whisper by Samuel Lover

Her beads while she numbered,
The baby still slumbered
And smil’d in her face as she bended her knee;
“Oh blest be that warning,
My child, thy sleep adorning,
For I know that the angels are whispering with thee.
Read the full poem, The Angel’s Whisper by Samuel Lover here

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The Faeries is in the top 100 of Ireland’s favourite poems.
See the full poem – The Faeries by William Allingham here

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