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16 Irish Inspired St. Patrick’s Day Poems And Songs For Kids

St. Patrick’s Day is a fun holiday for kids that can be celebrated in many ways.

One of the most memorable and enjoyable ways to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with your children is to share one of these St Patricks Day poems with them!

A little girl wearing green and white stripe stockings for St Patrick's Day. There is a pot of gold and a green leprechaun hat next to her legs.

16 Irish Inspired St. Patrick’s Day Poems And Songs For Kids

From the famous Irish poet Oscar Wilde to the traditional Irish ballad “Danny Boy,” here are 16 fun and festive poems that are perfect for any age.

You will be promoting the patron saint of Ireland and get your little Irish lads and lassies excited about the festivities. 

st patricks day poem for kids danny boy

Danny Boy By Frederick E. Weatherly

Oh, Danny boy, the pipes, the pipes are calling

From glen to glen, and down the mountain side.

The summer’s gone, and all the roses falling,

It’s you, it’s you must go and I must bide.

But come ye back when summer’s in the meadow,

Or when the valley’s hushed and white with snow,

It’s I’ll be there in sunshine or in shadow,—

Oh, Danny boy, Oh Danny boy, I love you so!

But when ye come, and all the flowers are dying,

If I am dead, as dead I well may be,

Ye’ll come and find the place where I am lying,

And kneel and say an Avé there for me.

And I shall hear, though soft you tread above me,

And all my grave will warmer, sweeter be,

For you will bend and tell me that you love me,

And I shall sleep in peace until you come to me!

st patricks day poem for kids The Leprechaun Song 

The Leprechaun Song 

Oh where did the leprechaun go on St Patrick’s Day? 

To find his pot of gold at the end of the rainbow!   

He searched all over Ireland with his little hat so green,            

Looking behind every bush and even in between! 

He hopped and skipped and stumbled through fields of clover,             

And sang all kinds of jigs as he walked over.  

But when it came time for him to find his pot of gold,

He found it in a place that was much easier to behold – 

It was right there in his pocket all along! 

(Allow kids to reach into their pockets or pretend to reach into their pockets)  

So he danced and sang until the break of dawn!

(Have everyone stand up and dance)

st patricks day poem for kids Irish Blessing

Irish Blessing

May the road rise to meet you

May the wind be always 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 hollow of His hand.

st patricks day poem for kids St Patrick Was a Gentleman

St Patrick Was a Gentleman

Saint Patrick was a gentleman, he came from decent people

He built a church in Dublin town and on it put a steeple

His father was a Gallagher, his mother was a Grady

His aunt was an O’Shaughnessy and his uncle was a Brady

Success to bold Saint Paddy’s fist he was a saint so clever

he gave the snakes and toads a twist and banished them forever.

The Wicklow hills are very high and so’s the hill of Howth, sir

But there’s a hill much higher still, much higher than them both, sir

From the top of this high hill Saint Patrick preached a sermon

Drove the frogs into the bogs and banished all the vermin

There’s not a mile in Eireann’s isle where dirty vermin muster

But there he put his dear forefoot and murdered them in clusters

The frogs went plop, the toads went flop, slapdash into the water

The snakes committed suicide to save themselves from slaughter

Nine hundred thousand reptiles blue he charmed with sweet discourses

And dined on them at Killaloe in soups and second courses

Blind worms crawling on the grass disgusted all the nation

Down to hell with a holy spell he changed the situation

No wonder that them Irish lads should be so gay and frisky

Sure Saint Patrick taught them that as well as making whisky

No wonder that the saint himself should understand distilling

His mother had a shebeen shop in the town of Enniskillen

O was I but so fortunate as to be back in Munster

I’d rebound unto that ground and nevermore should want, sir

There Saint Patrick planted corn, cabbages and praties

He had pigs galore, a gra a stor, altar boys and ladies

st patricks day poem for kids St. Patrick's Day By Jean Blewett

St. Patrick’s Day By Jean Blewett

There’s an Isle, a green Isle, set in the sea,

Here’s to the Saint that blessed it!

And here’s to the billows wild and free

That for centuries have caressed it!

st patricks day poem for kids One, Two, Three

One, Two, Three

Saint Patrick’s Day is here, you see.

We’ll pick some shamrocks, one, two, three.

We’ll count the leaves and look them over,

And maybe find a four-leaf clover.

I’ll sew green buttons on my best,

Green for Saint Patrick is the best.

I’ll wear a green hat, very high,

And dance a jog – at least I’ll try!

st patricks day poem for kids Lucky Four-Leaf Clover

Lucky Four-Leaf Clover

‘Tis the luck of the Irish,

The talk of the town,

The finding of Leprechauns

Hiding around.

A rare four-leaf clover

Found in a thick lawn.

It’s “Happy St. Patrick’s Day”

Starting from dawn.

st patricks day poem for kids Five Green Shamrocks

Five Green Shamrocks

One green shamrock, in the morning dew,

Another one sprouted,

and then there were two.

Two green shamrocks, growing beneath a tree;

Another one sprouted,

and then there were three.

Three green shamrocks, by the cottage door;

Another one sprouted,

and then there were four.

Four green shamrocks, near a beehive

Another one sprouted,

and then there were five.

Five little shamrocks, bright and emerald green,

Think of all the luck

these shamrocks will bring.

st patricks day poem for kids Little Leprechaun

Little Leprechaun

I’m a little leprechaun,

Short and fat.

Here is my shamrock,

Here is my hat.

If people try to catch me,

I will dive and duck,

The Irish say to everyone I bring good luck!

st patricks day poem for The Lively Leprechaun By Betsy Francs

The Lively Leprechaun By Betsy Francs

I caught a lively leprechaun

With stubble on his face.

His promised loads of buried gold

And led me to the place.

But when I let him loose to dig,

He leaped and led a chase.

That lively laughing leprechaun

Had left without a trace!

st patricks day poem for Find A Gold Coin

Find A Gold Coin

I’m a little leprechaun,

Short and green.

I hide gold coins,

So they can’t be seen.

Can you find them all?

Are you ready to play?

Good luck to you,

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

st patricks day poem for kids Hail Glorious St. Patrick By Sister Agnes

Hail Glorious St. Patrick By Sister Agnes

Hail, glorious St. Patrick, dear saint of our isle,

On us thy poor children bestow a sweet smile;

And now thou art high in the mansions above,

On Erin’s green valleys look down in thy love.

(optional repeat)

On Erin’s green valleys, on Erin’s green valleys,

On Erin’s green valleys look down in thy love.

Hail, glorious St. Patrick, thy words were once strong

Against Satan’s wiles and a heretic throng;

Not less is thy might where in Heaven thou art;

Oh, come to our aid, in our battle take part!

In a war against sin, in the fight for the faith,

Dear Saint, may thy children resist to the death;

May their strength be in meekness, in penance, and prayer,

Their banner the Cross, which they glory to bear.

Thy people, now exiles on many a shore,

Shall love and revere thee till time be no more;

And the fire thou hast kindled shall ever burn bright,

Its warmth undiminished, undying its light.

Ever bless and defend the sweet land of our birth,

Where the shamrock still blooms as when thou wert on earth,

And our hearts shall yet burn, wherever we roam,

For God and St. Patrick, and our native home.

st patricks day poem for kids Down By the Salley Gardens By William Butler Yeats

Down By the Salley Gardens By William Butler Yeats

Down by the salley gardens

   my love and I did meet;

She passed the salley gardens

   with little snow-white feet.

She bid me take love easy,

   as the leaves grow on the tree;

But I, being young and foolish,

   with her would not agree.

In a field by the river

   my love and I did stand,

And on my leaning shoulder

   she laid her snow-white hand.

She bid me take life easy,

   as the grass grows on the weirs;

But I was young and foolish,

   and now am full of tears.

st patricks day poem for kids Walking The Wicklow Hills Poem

Walking The Wicklow Hills Poem by Erin O’NeillBerg

Breezes of the ages whisper through the pines

While crystal droplets join in flow and tumble

Over the jagged edges and under the timeworn turf

Scented by the purple haze through fine mist and fog.

Stretching the eye and thought far and away through time,

The lonely beauty curls around the heart and nestles close

With hills and vales beckoning the spirit to come and share

When the wind has gone where its wildness hides.

The forty shades wander and wave round their stony enclosures

While the flash and streak of white and grey gallops away

And the small wooly bodies stroll and munch by the roadside

With gracefully careless concern and a mindless manner.

Lush forests quiet and dark stand like the guards of the night

As stars twinkle down their endless delight hidden

By curtains of soft grey sky-veils, as the small ones tread softly

Over pillows of green towards the safe embrace of home.

st patricks day poem for kids Ballyeamon Cradle Song Lullaby

Ballyeamon Cradle Song Lullaby

Rest tired eyes a while

Sweet is thy baby’s smile,

Angels are guarding

And they watch o’er thee.

Sleep, sleep, grah mo chree*

Here on your mamma’s knee,

Angels are guarding

And they watch o’er thee,

The birdeens sing a fluting song

They sing to thee the whole day long,

Wee fairies dance o’er hill and the dale

For very love of thee.

*Grah mo chree means my love, my darling or my sweetheart in Irish Gaelic. It’s the Anglicized form of the Gaelic “grá mo chroí” that literally means “love of my heart”.

st patricks day poem for kids The Wearin' O' the Green

The Wearin’ O’ the Green

Today is the day fer the wearin’ o’ the green.

Today is the day when the little people are seen.

Today is St. Patrick’s Day, so if ye’r Irish me lad,

Join the celebratin’ fer the grandest time ta’ be had.

Ya’ put yer hand up in the air, the other hand on your hip.

Ya’ tap yer toe, ya’ tap yer heel, ya’ bounce yer knee a wee bit.

Ya’ prance ‘n dance around the room, n’ circle one two three.

The saints be praised, I must admit, ya’ all look Irish ta’ me.

We hope you enjoyed these festive St. Patrick’s Day poems!

Whether you were looking for Irish blessings, witty St. Patricks day poems, or a pot of gold at the end of your rainbows, we hope you found the perfect poem to commemorate this special day.

What are some of your favorite activities to do with your kids on this holiday? Let us know in the comments below!

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