Quotations on Irish

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When others stood idly by, you and your families gave your all, in defence of a risen people and in pursuit of Irish freedom and unity.
- Gerry Adams
(Keywords: People, Freedom, Irish, Pursuit, Unity)

The Irish Republican Army has kept every commitment made by its leadership.
- Gerry Adams
(Keywords: Leadership, Army, Commitment, Irish, Republican)

But if republicans are to prevail, if the peace process is to be successfully concluded and Irish sovereignty and re-unification secured, then we have to set the agenda - no-one else is going to do that.
- Gerry Adams
(Keywords: Peace, Irish, Republicans)

In this context the British and Irish governments will have to promote a new, imaginative and dynamic alternative in which both governments will share power in the north.
- Gerry Adams
(Keywords: Power, Irish, Will)

On the Northern Ireland question, for instance, the British and Irish governments prohibit media contact with members of the IRA, but we have always gone ahead, believing in the right to information.
- Kate Adie
(Keywords: Information, Ireland, Irish, Media, Question, Right)

I was for two years a pupil at the Model School in Fort street which was then conducted upon the Irish national system, and if any special religious instruction was given in connection with that system, I do not recollect it.
- Edmund Barton
(Keywords: Connection, Irish, Religious, School, Years)

Other people have a nationality. The Irish and the Jews have a psychosis.
- Brendan Behan
(Keywords: People, Irish, Nationality)

I wrote a script. I actually enjoyed writing it more than acting. It's about the Irish rebellion of 1920, which is a fascinating period and place for me.
- Tom Berenger
(Keywords: Acting, Irish, Rebellion, Writing)

I've had Irish skin from the time I was a young girl.
- Lara Flynn Boyle
(Keywords: Time, Irish, Skin)

It is sufficient to say, what everybody knows to be true, that the Irish population is Catholic, and that the Protestants, whether of the Episcopalian or Presbyterian Church, or of both united, are a small minority of the Irish people.
- John Bright
(Keywords: People, Church, Irish, Minority, Population, United)

I had to have some balls to be Irish Catholic in South London. Most of that time I spent fighting.
- Pierce Brosnan
(Keywords: Time, Fighting, Irish, London)

I suffer from Irish-Catholic guilt. Guilt is a good reality check. It keeps that 'do what makes you happy' thing in check.
- Edward Burns
(Keywords: Guilt, Irish, Reality)

In old times people used to try and square the circle; now they try and devise schemes for satisfying the Irish nation.
- Samuel Butler
(Keywords: People, Irish, Nation, Now, Old)

There is not a single injustice in Northern Ireland that is worth the loss of a single British soldier or a single Irish citizen either.
- James Callaghan
(Keywords: Injustice, Ireland, Irish, Loss, Worth)

Perhaps our Irish friends should not so completely turn their backs on their historical dishes, no matter how many jokes they might have to endure.
- Nick Clooney
(Keywords: Friends, Irish, Jokes)

I printed a list of Irish names from the Internet and my husband, Dave, saw Finley on the list. I really liked it but didn't want to scare Dave off with my enthusiasm. So I used a little reverse psychology and let him think it was his idea.
- Holly Marie Combs
(Keywords: Husband, Idea, Enthusiasm, Internet, Irish, Names, Psychology, Want)

I grew up in a big Irish, Catholic family. My dad was a pretty rough guy. So one of my brothers left home when he was 15 and found his way to the gym. It gave me the opportunity to go and spend some time with him and work out in the gym.
- Gerry Cooney
(Keywords: Dad, Home, Time, Work, Family, Opportunity, Brothers, Irish, Pretty)

I think now, more than anytime I can remember, bands are sounding pretty similar whether they're English or American, from Manchester or London... or Leeds or Welsh or Irish.
- Graham Coxon
(Keywords: American, English, Irish, London, Now, Pretty)

Theatre has no national identity. It is something for the world, whether it is Irish, English, or French.
- Cyril Cusack
(Keywords: English, Identity, Irish, Theatre, World)

I went further and further back through the centuries to get a sense of perspective but now at least I understand why Irish history evokes such strong passions and emotions.
- James D'arcy
(Keywords: History, Emotions, Irish, Now, Perspective, Sense)

I have the soul of a singer and do splendidly in the shower but the world will never hear it. Basically, I'm the only Irish person who can't carry a tune.
- Roma Downey
(Keywords: Soul, Irish, Will, World)

I always thought the biggest failing of Americans was their lack of irony. They are very serious there! Naturally, there are exceptions... the Jewish, Italian, and Irish humor of the East Coast.
- Colin Firth
(Keywords: Humor, Thought, Americans, Irish, Irony)

I'm proud of my Irish heritage and culture and this show will feature a lot of Irish dancing.
- Michael Flatley
(Keywords: Culture, Dancing, Irish, Will)

It has to do with the fact that Ford, for all his greatness, is an Irish egomaniac, as anyone who knows him will say.
- Henry Fonda
(Keywords: Greatness, Fact, Irish, Will)

Well ironically my last three roles have all been a mother. One was a Canadian film where the baby was taken away because she is a drug addict, in Irish Jam I play a mother to a four year old. I think in the future I'll be able to handle the role with a lot more depth.
- Anna Friel
(Keywords: Mother, Baby, Film, Future, Irish, Old, Play)

My father's parents were Irish. Only a year before my father died, he and I went back to Ireland for a week to look at the old homestead.
- John C. Hawkes
(Keywords: Father, Ireland, Irish, Old, Parents)

The Ireland I now inhabit is one that these Irish contemporaries have helped to imagine.
- Seamus Heaney
(Keywords: Ireland, Irish, Now)

The basic policy of the British Government was that since the majority of people in Northern Ireland wished to remain in the United Kingdom, that was that. We asked what would happen if the majority wanted something else, if the majority wanted to see Irish unity.
- John Hume
(Keywords: Government, People, Policy, Ireland, Irish, Majority, United, Unity)

They believed that Britain was in Ireland defending their own interests, therefore the Irish had the right to use violence to put them out. My argument was that that type of thinking was out of date.
- John Hume
(Keywords: Argument, Ireland, Irish, Right, Thinking, Violence)

At Leeds I've tried to concentrate on my club form, but you get caught up in all the World Cup fever once you come back to Ireland and see all the Irish boys again.
- Robbie Keane
(Keywords: Boys, Ireland, Irish, World)

I grew up mostly with classical, big band, and a lot of Irish music - I really didn't start listening to rock and roll until I was maybe sixteen.
- Moira Kelly
(Keywords: Music, Irish, Listening)

No, men and women of the Irish race, we shall not fight for England. We shall fight for the destruction of the British Empire and the construction of an Irish republic.
- James Larkin
(Keywords: Men, Women, Destruction, EnglFight, Irish, Race)

The best thanks we could offer those who went before and raised the Irish working class from their knees was to press forward with determination and enthusiasm towards the ultimate goal of their efforts, a Co-operative Commonwealth for Ireland.
- James Larkin
(Keywords: Determination, Enthusiasm, Goal, Class, Ireland, Irish, Press)

My parents were French and Irish and our family even has Spanish blood-and I do so love the United States and consider myself part American.
- Vivien Leigh
(Keywords: Family, Love, American, Blood, Irish, Parents, states, United)

We have, therefore, directed the Irish Army authorities to have field hospitals established in County Donegal adjacent to Derry and at other points along the Border where they may be necessary.
- Jack Lynch
(Keywords: Army, Hospitals, Irish, May)

I have good genes. My father is Danish and my mother is Irish and Native American. They both have good skin.
- Virginia Madsen
(Keywords: Mother, Father, American, Irish, Skin)

The Irish are the only men who know how to cry for the dirty polluted blood of all the world.
- Norman Mailer
(Keywords: Men, Blood, Irish, World)

But I will say that living in Ireland has changed the cadence and fullness of speech, since the Irish love words and use as many of them in a sentence as possible.
- Anne McCaffrey
(Keywords: Love, Ireland, Irish, Living, Speech, Will, Words)

I live again the days and evenings of my long career. I dream at night of operas and concerts in which I have had my share of success. Now like the old Irish minstrel, I have hung up my harp because my songs are all sung.
- John McCormack
(Keywords: Success, Dream, Career, Irish, Night, Now, Old, Songs)

Well I think that's probably one of a few, where I grew up in the City of New York, it's got a lot of energy, my parents are Irish-American so there was a bit of yelling going on in my house but it seemed normal.
- John McEnroe
(Keywords: Energy, Irish, Parents)

The way I see it is that all the ol' guff about being Irish is a kind of nonsense. I mean, I couldn't be anything else no matter what I tried to be. I couldn't be Chinese or Japanese.
- John McGahern
(Keywords: Being, Irish, Nonsense)

Everything that we inherit, the rain, the skies, the speech, and anybody who works in the English language in Ireland knows that there's the dead ghost of Gaelic in the language we use and listen to and that those things will reflect our Irish identity.
- John McGahern
(Keywords: English, Identity, Ireland, Irish, Language, Rain, Speech, Will)

Amongst Women concentrated on the family, and the new book concentrates on a small community. The dominant units in Irish society are the family and the locality. The idea was that the whole world would grow out from that small space.
- John McGahern
(Keywords: Family, Society, Women, Idea, Community, Irish, Space, World)

Ninety percent I'll spend on good times, women and Irish Whiskey. The other ten percent I'll probably waste.
- Tug McGraw
(Keywords: Women, Irish, Waste)

The glory of the old Irish nation, which in our hour will grow young and strong again. Should we fail, the country will not be worth more than it is now. The sword of famine is less sparing than the bayonet of the soldier.
- Thomas F. Meagher
(Keywords: Country, Famine, Glory, Irish, Nation, Now, Old, Will, Worth)

Violence and irrationality were so long and thoroughly cultivated among the Irish, and so perfectly ingrained into their nature, that modern civilization has as yet been unable to extract the virus.
- Thomas Mellon
(Keywords: Nature, Civilization, Irish, Violence)

My first thought when I came here was that I understood why there are so many great Irish writers - because there is something mystical in the air. There's always this cloudy, moody sky and it's challenging.
- Christopher Meloni
(Keywords: Thought, First, Irish, Sky, Writers)

I had great faith in Irish actors, that they'd be hip to the whole theatre thing, and they are. I had no illusions of coming over here as some kind of big shot. It's been a learning experience for me too.
- Christopher Meloni
(Keywords: Experience, Faith, Actors, Irish, Learning, Theatre)

As they say, one thing led to another, and, ultimately, the British and Irish governments asked me to serve as chairman of the peace negotiations, which ironically began six years ago this week.
- George J. Mitchell
(Keywords: Peace, Irish, Years)

I think being a woman is like being Irish. Everyone says you're important and nice, but you take second place all the same.
- Iris Murdoch
(Keywords: Being, Irish, Woman)



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