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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.

An Irish Curse

May the enemies of Ireland never meet a friend.

An Irish Blessing

May the roof above us never fall in,
And may the friends gathered below never fall out.

Lt. Pamela D. Donovan

U.S. Army Nurse Corps 2nd Lt Pamela D. Donovan, a native of Ireland is just one of a number of native Irish who gave their lives while serving with U.S.
Military forces in Vietnam. A resident of Brighton, MA, (her family moved to the U.S. when she was a teenager) she became a U.S. citizen so that she
could enlist and join the Army Nurse Corps. She was a member of the 85th Evacuation Hospital in Qui Nhon, Vietnam and died due to illness on July 8th
1968. She had been in country 3 months at the time of her death. Her parents who had moved back to England explained that Pamela was much affected by
battlefield portrayals on the news and decided to volunteer in order to provide care to the soldiers. Her name is inscribed on Panel 53W-Line 043 of
the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C. The Tipperary Remembrance Arch located near Tipperary Town shows the names of 2nd Lt Donovan along with other natives of Ireland who gave their lives in the pursuit of peace and freedom worldwide since WWII. Her name is in the middle column, 2nd from the top. The Remembrance Arch was dedicated by Mary McAleese, President of Ireland on 30 September 2005.

Very similar to American handball, Gaelic handball is a game where two players (singles) or four players (doubles) use their gloved hands to return a small rubber ball against a wall, with scoring similar to volleyball. Depending on where the ball is hit, either the left or right hand can be used. Gaelic handballers play against their counterparts in the U.S.

Timeline of Ireland

Circa 700 BC

Celts arrived from parts of Gaul and Britain, and divided Ireland into provinces.

Margaret Jackson Quote

“Ireland is rich in literature that understands the soul’s yearnings, and dancing that understands a happy heart.”

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