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How To Say – St. Patrick’s Breastplate “Lúireach Phádraig” in Irish (VIDEO)

We often get requests for particular Irish Pronunciation videos, and since our focus is to help our community to learn the Irish language we do our best to add these requests to our regular videos.

As you probably know, we don’t just create Irish phrase pronunciation videos, we also publish Irish poems and prayers (many of them requested by our community).

This week we’re going to learn how to say a popular Irish prayer – St. Patricks’s Breastplate “Lúireach Phádraig”. It was requested by many Irish language enthusiasts so we made it a priority.

From the video

How to say St Patrick’s Breastplate “Lúireach Phádraig” in Irish

Lúireach Phádraig
/Loo-rukh Faw-rek/
or /Loo-rukh Faw-dreg/

St. Patrick’s Breastplate

Críost liom,
/Kreest lyum/
Christ with me,

Críost romham,
/Kreest roh-um/
Christ before me,

Críost i mo dhiaidh,
/Kreest ih muh yee-eh/
Christ behind me,

Críost istigh ionam,
/Kreest ih-shtih un-um/
Christ within me,

Críost fúm,
/Kreest foom/
Christ below me,

Críost os mo chionn,
/Kreest ohs muh khyun/
Christ above me,

Críost ar mo lámh dheis,
/Kreest air muh lawv yesh/
Christ on my right hand,

Críost ar mo lámh chlé,
/Kreest air muh lawv khlay/
Christ on my left hand,

Críost i mo luí dom,
/Kreest ih muh lee dum/
Christ in my sleeping,

Críost i mo sheasamh dom,
/Kreest ih muh hyas-uv dum/
Christ in my waking,

Críost i gcroí gach duine atá ag cuimhneamh orm,
/Kreest ih gree gokh din-eh a-taw egg kwiv-noo ur-um/
Christ in the heart of all who think of me,

Críost i mbéal gach duine a labhraíonn liom,
/Kreest ih mayl gokh din-eh ah l-ow-reen lyum/
Christ in the mouth of all who speak to me,

Críost i ngach súil a fhéachann orm,
/Kreest ih ngokh sool ah ay-khun ur-um/
Christ in every eye that looks at me,

Críost i ngach cluas a éisteann liom.
/Kreest ih ngokh clo-uss ah aysh-ten lyum/
Christ in every ear that listens to me.

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12 thoughts on “How To Say – St. Patrick’s Breastplate “Lúireach Phádraig” in Irish (VIDEO)”

  1. Sonia Fitzpatrick

    Hi there
    My name is Sonia Fitzpatrick and I’m an Aussie relative of the
    Mac Giolla Phadraig family from Ireland
    I was looking at the St Patrick’s prey as I’m going to put it on a picture I’m doing for my granddaughter for Christmas as she’s always looking for ways to be protected…God bless her 6 year old soul
    Sonia Fitzpatrick

  2. Thank you , Siobhan. This was very helpful to us Californians. I say the prayer in English every night, but we wanted to learn line from it in Gaelic. i cannot find the description box mentioned that has the ancient version. I am not good with computers, so it is probably my mistake. Will keep searching. Thanks so much!!!

    1. Glad you found this helpful, Krys. If you were looking for the ancient Irish language version, the spelling would be quite different to what Siobhán uses here.

      Go raibh maith agat!

  3. Douglas Siqueira

    Hello! I’m from Brazil and I want to do a presentation of this prayer in Irish, I want to practice and present to my brothers at the catholic seminary here in Brazil, but I need the full prayer (like the guys from IrishCentral.com have it in english) “I arise today…”

    Can you help me and record the full prayer? Pleeeease!? hehe 😀

        1. You’re more than welcome! If I remember correctly from when I did the video originally, the rest is only available in Old Irish. That being said, perhaps more is available in Modern Irish in a book I’m unaware of.

  4. Bruce Clarke Kramer

    Thanks so much for doing this.

    Are you familiar with Frank Delaney ?
    My grandmother was born in Tipperary . . . she emigrated to Salt Lake City , Utah
    I am trying to get dual citizenship (American and Irish)
    based on my heritage . . . but there are a few bumps . . .
    Please email me