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Category Archive for 'Irish Trivia'

According to USA Today, Derry is the number 1 place to celebrate Halloween.  For 30 years, the people of Derry have had this celebration for 3 days, with floats, parades, singing, dancing, concerts, and of course, fireworks over the River Foyle.

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The Irish have captured the world’s imagination, and the game of interpreting them has to have been going on for centuries, often with doubtful results.

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Ronan Keating has boasted that many couples have gotten engaged and babies conceived while listening to his song “When you say nothing at all.”

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Citog – An Old Irish Term

Citog is an old Irish term given to a left handed person and was often used in a derogatory manner for those considered “a bit strange. “

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Wedding Traditions

Mayo wedding proposal: “How would you like to be buried with my people?” If the bride’s mother-in-law breaks a piece of cake on the bride’s head, they will be friends for life.

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Cure for Upset Stomach

Whipped egg whites mixed with sugar will cure an upset stomach.

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The Art of Negotiating

The Irish have always had a knack for negotiating between warring factions, given their history of clan wars.  In America they naturally took to the jobs of politicians.  An articulate Irishman could defeat his opponent with one verbal blow.

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The Irish Question

British Prime Minister Benjamin Disraeli didn’t always have a grasp of the Irish question such as in 1868, when he said: ” I want to see a public man come forward and say what the Irish question is.  It is the Pope one day and the potato the next.”             

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The Gaelic Revival

The Gaelic Revival consisted mainly of the middle class.  The Irish peasantry was much too busy finding a bite to eat and keep a roof over their heads to be interested in poetry, mythology and great Celtic literature.

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Murphy’s 13th Law

Success always occurs in private and failure in full public view.

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