“May the journey be successful for you” is the literal translation of Go n-eiri an bothar leat, which many of us know as “May the road rise up to meet you,” the first line of the Irish Blessing:
May the road rise up to meet you.
May the wind always be at your back.
May the sun shine warm upon your face,
and rains fall soft upon your fields.
And until we meet again,
May God hold you in the palm of His hand.
A version of this traditional blessing was framed and hung in the bathroom of my childhood home. It was the first blessing that I learned “by heart” and I could repeat it at a very early age. Many years ago my oldest brother traced my family’s lineage to a town called Quigley’s Point in Ireland, a village in County Donegal, located on the Eastern shores of Inishowen overlooking Lough Foyle.
This morning my daughter Morgan sent pictures from a St. Patrick’s Day parade she attended while spending the weekend in Dublin. It looks as if she and her friends had a fine time, and the parade reminiscent of the parades we enjoyed for many years in New Orleans during Mardi Gras. On this St. Patrick’s Day, may the road rise up to meet you and may the journey be successful for you!