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G.B. Shaw Quote

“Reading made Don Quixote a gentleman.  Believing what he read made him mad.”

The Ancient Order of  Hibernians has condemned the minority of students at the University of Mass. and their “Blarney Blowout” celebrations on St Patrick’s Day.  They also criticized newspapers and reporters that equate the observance of the holiday with drunkenness. Neill Cosgrove of the AOH pointed out that other ethnic groups are not subjected to this kind of ridicule.

Kinsale History

Besides being famous for its’ wonderful cuisine, there are many historic facts associated with Kinsale, among them being the cause of the ‘Flight of the Earls’ when the English defeated the Irish in 1601 at the Battle of Kinsale.  Alexander Selkirk the inspiration for “Robinson Crusoe” sailed from Kinsale in his epic voyage; Daniel Defoe lived here as did Anne Bonny, the famous pirate.  The town’s old tax code is still on a wall in the Square.  It reads: “Whatever a child could carry on his back into the town was tax-free.”

Daniel Day-Lewis

Before he became an actor Daniel Day-Lewis applied for a cabinet maker apprenticeship but was turned down.  He went on to make many famous movies.  He is a citizen of Ireland and lives in Wicklow with his wife and family.  His father was the Irish-born English poet-laureate Cecil Day-Lewis.

David McCullough, author and historian, was awarded the American Ireland Fund Award at a reception in March at Heinz Field, Pittsburgh.  Mr. McCullough is a native of Pittsburgh.

Brendan Behan’s uncle Peadar Kearney was the author of the Irish national anthem.

Behan Quote

It is not that the Irish are cynical, it is that they have a wonderful lack of respect for everything and everybody.” B. Behan

Bruce Springsteen Lineage

New Jersey rock star Bruce Springsteen is descended from Ann Garrity of Mullingar his great-great grandmother who came to the US in 1852.  His paternal lineage is made up of many generations of Irish men and women. The surname comes from Anthony Springsteen who married into an Irish family.

John Hume is the only person to have received all three of the great peace prizes, the Nobel, Martin Luther King and the Gandhi.

It was when Synge was writing in Paris with little success that W.B  Yeats told him to go to the Aran Islands and “live as if you were one of the people themselves; express a life that has never found expression.”  He did so and wrote his classic ‘The Aran Islands’ which he could not find a publisher for until several years later. His most famous and controversial play, ‘The Playboy of the Western World’ premiered in 1907 and it was then that ‘The Aran Islands’ was published.  He died two years later of Hodgkin’s disease.

Chicago born film maker Robert Flaherty made ‘Man of Aran’ in 1931 creating a portrait of island life.

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