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Harry “Bing” Crosby’s distinctive bass-baritone croon helped make him one of the most successful singers ever, selling more than 500 million records in his lifetime. His biggest hit was his version of Irving Berlin’s “White Christmas,” which remains the best-selling song of all time. Crosby also won a Best Actor Oscar for the film Going My Way in 1944.

Irish Blessing

May the saddest day of your future be no worse than the happiest day of your past.

May strong arms hold you
Caring hearts tend you

And may love await you at every step.

John Locke Quotation

“O Ireland isn’t it grand you look  —
Like a bride in her rich adornin’?

And with all the pent-up love of my heart
I bid you the top o’ the mornin’!

Ireland’s Smallest Woman

Sometimes known as “The Irish Fairy,” Catherine Kelly is famous for being the smallest Irish woman who ever lived. Allegedly, she weighed only eight pounds and was a mere 34 inches tall. She died in 1785.

A cofounder of the Abbey Theatre, now also known as the national theater of Ireland, playwright John Millington Synge is perhaps the most famous for his play “The Playboy of the Western World.” The first-run production instigated rioting at the Abbey Theatre by attendees who thought the play slighted the virtue of Irish women. Synge died at the age of 37 from Hodgkin’s disease.

An Irish Proverb

He who gets a name for early rising can stay in bed until midday.

Today is the anniversary of Bobby Sands’ death on hunger strike. RIP Bobby Sands.

Leprechauns

The leprechaun is a solitary creature, focusing all his attention on making shoes. He can usually be found holding both a shoe and a cobbling hammer. Leprechauns are the size of a bulky young boy with wrinkled faces, gleaming eyes and surprisingly graceful movements. They are also known for their love of beer, foul language, and smoking pipes called “dudeens.” Besides making shoes, leprechauns guard fairy treasure from mortals, although their hidden stashes are revealed by rainbows. If a mortal can catch a reclusive leprechaun and demand his treasure, the leprechaun has no choice but to comply, but this happens incredibly rarely. There is no such thing as a female leprechaun.

Irish Breakfast Tea

A brisk, strong blend of tea from the Assam region of India, mixed with other black teas (often highland Ceylon teas), this internationally popular brew has a rich, malted flavor. The brewed tea is generally colored dark red to brown and is often served with a drop of cream and sugar, or sugar and lemon, to mellow out the intense flavor, although hardcore aficionados drink it straight. Despite the name, the tea is regularly enjoyed any time of day. It’s known in Ireland simply as tea, and sold under brand names such as Barry’s and Lyons.

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