May the Irish hills caress you.
May her lakes and rivers bless you.
May the luck of the Irish enfold you.
May the blessings of Saint Patrick behold you. 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,
The rains fall soft upon your fields,
And until we meet again,
May God hold you in the hollow of His hand. Blessing
May you be in Heaven a full half hour before the Devil knows
you're dead. Irish Toast
May you live as long as you want,
And never want as long as you live. Blessing
May your pockets be heavy and your heart be light,
May good luck pursue you each morning and night. Blessing
My father was totally Irish, and so I went to Ireland once.
I found it to be very much like New York, for it was a beautiful
country, and both the women and men were good-looking. James Cagney
No man has the right to fix the boundary to the march of a nation. Charles Stewart Parnell
No man is thoroughly miserable unless he is condemned to live
in Ireland. Jonathan Swift
No person knows better than you do that the domination of England
is the sole and blighting curse of this country. It is the incubus
that sits on our energies, stops the pulsation of the nation's
heart and leaves to Ireland not gay vitality but horrid the
convulsions of a troubled dream. Daniel O'Connell In 1831 letter to Bishop Doyle.
O Paddy dear, and did you hear the news that going round?
The shamrock is forbid by law to grow on Irish ground;
St. Patrick's Day no more we'll keep, his colours can't be seen,
For there's a bloody law against the wearing of the green. Dion Bouicault
On my grief. I've lost him surely. I've lost the only playboy
of the western world. J. M. Synge The Playboy of the Western World.
Only Irish Coffee provides in a single glass all four essential
food groups: alcohol, caffeine, sugar, and fat. Alex Levine
Other people have a nationality. The Irish and the Jews have
a psychosis. Brendan Behan Richard's Cork Leg.
Our Irish ancestors believed in magic, prayers, trickery, browbeating
and bullying. I think it would be fair to sum that list up as
'Irish politics'. Flann O'Brien
BOGSIDE NIL. Derry graffitiafter Bloody Sunday
1972, when British Paratroopers shot and killed 13 people.
Politics is the chloroform of the Irish people, or rather the
hashish. Oliver St. John Gogarty As I Was Going Down Sackville Street.
Put an Irishman on the spit, and you can always get another
Irishman to turn him. George Bernard Shaw
Romantic Ireland's dead and gone,
It's with O'Leary in the grave. W. B. Yeats September 1913.
Saint Patrick was a gentleman, he came of decent people
In Dublin town he built a church and on it put a steeple.
His father was a Gallagher, his mother was a Brady
His aunt was an O'Shaughnessy and his uncle was a Grady.
So success attend St. Patrick's fist, he was a saint so clever,
He gave the snakes and toads a twist, and banished them for
ever! Zozimus (Michael Moran)
Self-government is our right, a thing born in us at birth; a
thing no more to be doled out to us or withheld from us by another
people than the right to life itself - than the right to feel
the sun or smell the flowers, or to love our kind. It is only
from the convict these things are withheld for crimes committed
and proven - and, Ireland, that has wronged no man, that has
injured no land, that has sought no dominion over others - Ireland
is treated today among the nations of the world as if she was
a convicted criminal. Roger Casement Speech from the Dock.
Swift has sailed into his rest;
Savage indignation there
Cannot laterate his breast. W. B. Yeats Swift's Epitaph.
That Ireland that we dreamed of would be the home of a people
who valued material wealth only as the basis of right living,
of a people who were satisfied with frugal comfort and devoted
their leisure to the things of the spirit - a land whose countryside
would be bright with cosy homesteads, whose fields and villages
would be joyous with the sounds of industry, with the romping
of sturdy children, the contests of athletic youths and the
laughter of comely maidens, whose firesides would be forums
for the wisdom of serene old age Eamon De Valera St. Patrick's Day speech 1943.
The immigrant's heart marches to the beat of two quite different
drums, one from the old homeland and the other from the new.
The immigrant has to bridge these two worlds, living comfortably
in the new and bringing the best of his or her ancient identity
and heritage to bear on life in an adopted homeland. Irish President Mary McAleese
The Irish are a fair people; they never speak well of one another. Samuel Johnson
The Irish are a race of people who don't know what they want
and are prepared to fight to the death to get it. Sidney Littlewood
The Irish are a very popular race - with themselves. Brendan Behan
The Irish are not at peace unless they are at war. George Orwell
The Irish are the niggers of Europe An' Dubliners are the
niggers of Ireland An' the northside Dubliners are the
niggers o' Dublin - Say it loud. I'm black an' I'm proud. Roddy Doyle The Commitments.
The Irish do not want anyone to wish them well; they want everyone
to wish their enemies ill. Harold Nicolson
The Irish gave the bagpipes to the Scotts as a joke, but the
Scotts haven't seen the joke yet. Oliver Herford
The Irish is one race of people for whom psychoanalysis is of
no use. Sigmund Freud
The Irish seem to have more fire about them than the Scots. Sean Connery
The land of faery,
Where nobody gets old and godly and grave,
Where nobody gets old and crafty and wise,
Where nobody gets old and bitter of tongue. W. B. Yeats The Land of Heart's Desire.
The land of Ireland for the people of Ireland. James Larkin
The problem with Ireland is that it's a country full of genius,
but with absolutely no talent. Hugh Leonard