Did the Warwickshire militia, who were chiefly artisans, teach the Irish to drink beer, or did they learn from the Irish how to drink whiskey?
When Pearse summoned Cuchulain to his side, What stalked through the Post Office? What intellect, What calculation, number, measurement, replied? We Irish, born into that ancient sect But thrown upon this filthy modern tide And by its formless spawning fury wrecked, Climb to our proper dark, that we may trace The lineaments of a plummet-measured face.William Butler Yeats
He turn'd him right and round about, Upon the Irish shore, And gae his bridle reins a shake, With, Adieu for evermore, my dear, And Adieu for evermore!Robert Burns
But after being fired at once or twice, The ear becomes more Irish, and less nice.Robert Byron
I never met anyone in Ireland who understood the Irish question, except one Englishman who had been there only a week.
Irish Americans are about as Irish as Black Americans are African.Bob Geldof
No modern Irish writer, even of the stature of Yeats or Joyce, is completely free from traces of nationalism.
And it is a good sign that this masquerading knight- errant, this pretended champion of the rights of every other nation except those of the Irish nation, should be obliged to throw off the mask today, and to stand revealed as the man who by his own utterances is prepared to carry fire and sword into your homesteads unless you humbly abase yourselves before him, and before the landlords of the country.Charles Stewart Parnell
He was a black Irish type, with centuries of rebelliousness behind him, and I decided to chance it.
We can spit on Bertie Ahern till our mouths run dry, but he didn’t invent the amorality of our public culture. He was never a large enough figure to be able to shape the way Irish society thinks and feels. He was just an artful dodger, a skilled exploiter of the opportunities created by widespread tolerance for ingratiating chancers.bertie ahern
It's not that the Irish are cynical. It's rather that they have a wonderful lack of respect for everything and everybody.brendan behan
I am not a nationalist, I am a Wolfe Tone Republican. In pursuit of that ideal I have been forced to continually shift positions, much like a man in a cinema who keeps changing his seat, but only so he can get a clean view of the same film. And the title of the film, of which I never tire, is The Future Irish Republic.eoghan harris
I only wanted to ask the Tanaiste if he now officially endorses cronyism and patronage in Irish politics.joe higgins
The Irish are the only men who know how to cry for the dirty polluted blood of all the world.norman mailer
The people are beginning to fear that the Irish Government is merely a machinery for their destruction; that, for all the usual functions of Government, this Castle-nuisance is altogether powerless; that it is unable, or unwilling, to take a single step for the prevention of famine, for the encouragement of manufactures, or providing fields of industry, and is only active in promoting, by high premiums and bounties, the horrible manufacture of crimes!john mitchel
I should make it clear that we do not accept that Britain has a special responsibility to meet the costs of land purchase in Zimbabwe. We are a new government from diverse backgrounds without links to former colonial interests. My own origins are Irish and, as you know, we were colonised, not colonisers.clare short
If humor be the safety of our race, then it is due largely to the infusion into the American people of the Irish brain.william howard taft
The Irish, as a race, have the oral tradition in their blood. A direct question to them is an anathema, but in other cases, a mere syllable of a hero's name will elicit whole chapters of stories.p. l. travers
They condemn him [Hitler] for persecuting the Jews, but he has not shown half the ferocity which Cromwell showed towards the Irish Catholics as for instance, in the siege of the fortress of Drogheda and the burning alive of its inmates.david lloyd george
Australia without the Irish would be unthinkable . . . unimaginable . . . unspeakable.paul keating
These people in the North-east of Ireland, from old prejudices perhaps more from anything else, from the whole of their past history, would prefer, I believe, to accept the government of a foreign country rather than submit to be governed by honourable gentlemen below the gangway [i.e. the Irish Nationalist Party].andrew bonar law
He turn'd him right and round about Upon the Irish shore, And gae his bridle reins a shake, With Adieu for evermore, My dear, With Adieu for evermore.Robert Burns
The dust of some is Irish earth, Among their own they rest.
Decisions of the Irish Courts, though entitled to the highest respect. are not binding on English Judges.
Far in foreign fields from Dunkirk to Belgrade Lie the soldiers and chiefs of the Irish Brigade.thomas osborne davis