During the time of the Penal Laws, it was forbidden to use the word “Ireland” in poems or songs so love songs were re-written with new, patriotic meanings implied. The name of the woman in the song would become the emblem for Ireland. “Roisin Dubh” (black rose) became universally accepted as a symbol for Ireland. [...]
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‘Operation Shamrock’ was introduced into Ireland during WW II in an effort to bring starving and destitute children from Germany and France. More than a thousand children made the trip and at the war’s end some returned to their homelands but many stayed and became Irish citizens.
The “Oscar” handed out at the Academy Awards was designed by Cedric Gibbons who was born in Dublin in 1823.
“The Quiet Man’ is one of the enduring movies of all time. It was a short story written by Maurice Walsh in his book, “Green Rushes” and made into a movie by John Ford who bought the film rights in 1936 for $10.
‘Kelp’ was originally obtained by burning seaweed.
The Foreign trade statistics show Irish imports topping $39.4 billion. Medical, dental and pharmaceutical products top this list at $27.8 billion. Alcoholic beverages totaled only$ 38.1 million.
Irish-American census is now 34.5 million. The U.S. Census Bureau has announced that Irish-Americans are older, wealthier, better educated and more successfully employed than the average U.S. citizen.
The Irish were the first in Europe using last names that didn’t refer to a person’s birthplace or occupation.
Chieftains in medieval Ireland often procured wives from Scotland because their dowries consisted of fierce ‘gallowglass’ fighters.
George Bernard Shaw left one third of his estate to the National Gallery of Ireland claiming he received his education there.