21 Funny Quotes About Ireland

‘If there were only three Irishmen in the world you’d find two of them in a corner talking about the other. Maria Brandan Araoz (Argentine writer) The History of Ireland in two words: Ah well. The Invasion by the Vikings: Ah well. The Invasion by the Normans. Ah well. The Flight of the Earls, Mr Oliver Cromwell. Daniel O’Connell, Robert Emmett, The Famine, Charles Stewart Parnell, Easter Rising, Michael Collins, Éamon De Valera, Éamon De Valera again (Dear Germany, so sorry to learn of the death of your Mr Hitler), Éamon De Valera again, the Troubles, the Tribunals, the Fianna … Continue reading 21 Funny Quotes About Ireland

Funny Irish Road Signs Found in Ireland

LEFT: A candidate for the best sign ever! (love the parachute guy) RIGHT: Spotted outside a lunchtime Restaurant in Dublin LEFT: Someone had too much time on their hands RIGHT: Political Poster not quite up to the job LEFT: County Leitrim. We agree – dont shoot tourists RIGHT: Dont stand on… something ?? LEFT: 100KM on this road/dirt-track! Please disobey this road sign RIGHT: Dont walk on the water? Good advice! LEFT: You wait there. I’ll be out in a minute RIGHT: Typical Tourist Town Blarney LEFT: Help! RIGHT: It’s not easy being a sheep in Ireland LEFT: The Irish … Continue reading Funny Irish Road Signs Found in Ireland

Some Irish Quotes about Christmas

‘A Turkey never voted for an early Christmas’Unknown ‘On St. Patrick’s Day I to pretend to be Irish. At Christmas I pretend to be good.’Unknown ‘I think after Christmas would be better for publication: I am hardly a Christmas present.’Oscar Wilde ‘There is a remarkable breakdown of taste and intelligence at Christmastime. Mature, responsible grown men wear neckties made of holly leaves and drink alcoholic beverages with raw egg yolks in them.’P.J. O’Rourke ‘I stopped believing in Santa Claus when I was six. Mother took me to see him in a department store and he asked for my autograph.’ Shirley … Continue reading Some Irish Quotes about Christmas

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14 Year Old Waterford Boy Was The Youngest Solider Killed In World War 1

During the 1970’s and 1980’s in Ireland the annual remembrance of those tens of thousands of Irish who gave their lives in the Great War was met with a kind of muted national indifference. Certainly there was laying of wreaths … Continue reading 14 Year Old Waterford Boy Was The Youngest Solider Killed In World War 1

19 Back-to-School Quotes about Irish Education & Learning

I do not approve of anything that tampers with natural ignorance. Ignorance is like a delicate exotic fruit; touch it and the bloom is gone. The whole theory of modern education is radically unsound. Fortunately in England, at any rate, education produces no effect whatsoever. If it did, it would prove a serious danger to the upper classes, and probably lead to acts of violence in Grosvenor Square.Oscar Wilde, Writer (1856-1900), ‘The Importance of Being Earnest’ Education is an admirable thing, but it is well to remember from time to time that nothing that is worth knowing can be taughtOscar … Continue reading 19 Back-to-School Quotes about Irish Education & Learning

Saint Patrick’s Day Traditions

The Wearing of the Green The tradition of wearing Shamrock to celebrate Saint Patrick seems to date from the seventeenth or eighteenth century. This was a very turbulent time in Irish history. The suppression of the Gaelic way of life by the ruling British invaders resulted in many aspects of the Catholic religion in Ireland being forced underground. Strict laws were enforced which prevented the Catholic population from attending schools so ‘hedge-schools’ were operated in secret. These were schools run outdoors in secluded places (sometimes literally ‘under a hedge!). The teaching of religion was also forbidden so it is only … Continue reading Saint Patrick’s Day Traditions