I once saw a sign on a lift in Dublin that said:
'Please do not use this when it is not working.' Spike Milligan
I showed my appreciation of my native land in the usual way
- by getting out of it as soon as I possibly could. George Bernard Shaw
I tell you this - early this morning I signed my death warrant. Michael Collins To friend John O'Kane, after signing Anglo-Irish
Treaty in 1921. He was later assassinated by partisans unhappy
with the deal.
I think the Irish woman was freed from slavery by bingo. They
can go out now, dressed up, with their handbags and have a drink
and play bingo. And they deserve it. John B. Keane
I used to go missing quite a lot...Miss Canada, Miss United
Kingdom, Miss World. George Best
I was elected by the women of Ireland, who instead of rocking
the cradle, rocked the system. Mary Robinson First Woman President of Ireland.
I will arise and go now, and go to Innisfree,
And a small cabin build there, of clay and wattles made;
Nine bean rows will I have there, a hive for the honey-be,
And live alone in the bee-loud glade. W. B. Yeats The Lake Isle of Innisfree.
I will not serve that in which I no longer believe whether it
call itself my home, my fatherland or my church: and I will
try to express myself in some mode of life or art as freely
as I can and as wholly as I can, using for my defence the only
arms I allow myself to use, silence, exile, and cunning. James Joyce A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man.
If (my grandfather) hadn't left, I'd be working over here at
the Albatross Company. John F. Kennedy During 1963 visit to Ireland as US President.
If I saw Mr. Haughey buried at midnight at a cross-roads, with
a state driven through his heart - politically speaking - I
should continue to wear a clove of garlic round my neck, just
in case. Conor Cruise O'Brien Referring to Charles Haughey former Taoiseach
and leader of Fianna Fail.
If it was raining soup, the Irish would be out with forks. Brendan Behan
If you could drink dreams like the Irish streams
Then the world would be high as the mountain of morn
In the Pool they told us the story
How the English divided the land. John Lennon The Luck of the Irish.
If you do somebody in Ireland a favor, you make an enemy for
life. Hugh Leonard
If you're enough lucky to be Irish, you're lucky enough! Irish Saying
I'll tell you what you can expect from an Irishman named Wellington
whose father was a bookmaker. You can expect that anything he
says or writes may be repeated aloud in your own home in front
of your children. You can believe he was taught to love and
respect all mankind, but to fear no man. Wellington Mara Owner of the New York Giants, in reponse
to a critical story by a sportswriter.
I'm an Irish Catholic and I have a long iceberg of guilt. Edna O'Brien
I'm Irish. I think about death all the time. Jack Nicholson
I'm Irish. We think sideways. Spike Milligan
In a study, scientists report that drinking beer can be good
for the liver. I'm sorry, did I say 'scientists?' I meant 'Irish
people'. Tina Fay
In Ireland the inevitable never happens and the unexpected constantly
occurs. Sir John Pentland Mahaffy
In order to find his equal, an Irishman is forced to talk to
God. Braveheart Spoken by David O'Hara, playing Stephen
Intellectually I resisted, but though logic stripped away the
cant and ceremony I still could not rid myself of the voodoo. Gob Geldof Is That It? - referring to Catholicism.
Ireland is rich in literature that understands a soul's yearnings,
and dancing that understands a happy heart. Margaret Jackson
Ireland is the old sow that eats her farrow. James Joyce A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man.
Ireland is where strange tales begin and happy endings are possible. Charles Haughey
Ireland, sir, for good or evil, is like no other place under
heaven, and no man can touch its sod or breathe its air without
becoming better or worse. George Bernard Shaw
Ireland, thou friend of my country in my country's most friendless
days, much injured, much enduring land, accept this poor tribute
from one who esteems thy worth, and mourns thy desolation. George Washington On Ireland's support for America during
Irish poets, learn your trade,
Sing whatever is well made. W. B. Yeats Under Ben Bulben.
It is a curious contradiction, not very often remembered in
England, that for many generations the private soldiers of the
British Army were largely Irish. Cecil Woodham-Smith
It is a general popular error to suppose the loudest complainers
for the public to be the most anxious for its welfare. Edmund Burke Observations on the Present State of the
It's not that the Irish are cynical. It's simply that they have
a wonderful lack of respect for everything and everybody. Brendan Behan
Let me pray to God The bastard! He doesn't exist. Samuel Beckett Endgame.
Love is never defeated, and I could add, the history of Ireland
proves it. Pope John Paul II
Mad Ireland hurt you into poetry. W. H. Auden In Memory of W. B. Yeats.
May the curse of Mary Malone and her nine blind illegitimate
children chase you so far over the hills of Damnation that the
Lord himself can't find you with a telescope. Irish Curse