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Born in Wexford, Eoin (pronounced “Owen”) Colfer gained fame as the creator of the Artemis Fowl series of children’s books. Colfer was also given permission to write his sixth book in the late Douglas Adam’s Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy series, entitled And Another Thing…, which was published in October 2009.

The political satirist, writer, actor and television host Stephen Colbert gained attention on the television sitcom Strangers with Candy, during which he was also working as a correspondent on the news parody program The Daily Show. After winning three Emmys as a writer on The Daily Show, Colbert gained his own spin-off, The Colbert Report, in which he hosts as a caricature of a conservative political pundit. He now hosts the late-night show, The Late Show on the CBS network.

Irish Food – Irish Stew

Originally a thick and hearty peasant dish created with readily available and inexpensive local ingredients such as lamb (or beef), potatoes, onions, turnips, parsnips, carrots and parsley, Irish stew is so popular and nostalgic that recent recipes have been exalted to near-gourmet status. Called ballymaloe or stobhach gaelach in Gaelic, Irish stew is sometimes favored with Guinness stout.

The dashing actor Tyrone Powell often starred in romantic or swashbuckling movies, including The Mark of Zorro, The Black Swan, and Blood and Sand. He was known for his stage work, too, particularly in the play “Mister Roberts. At the age of 44, Power had a heart attack and died while filming a dueling scene for Solomon and Sheba.

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.

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