They're the only things we can pay." From Lady Windermere's Fan by Oscar Wilde Photo Credit: Oscar Wilde On Line When Erin first rose from the dark-swelling flood, God bless'd the green island, He saw it was good. I would like myself to be a rent payer to the Lord; that I should suffer distress, that he would bestow a good blessing upon me. You too will be blessed because you were my mother." "I have never seen a West Cork farmer with an umbrella, except at a funeral.The Emerald of Europe, it sparkled, it shone, In the ring of this world the most precious stone! William Drennan, who is credited with being the first to refer to Ireland in print as "the Emerald Isle." To read the poem in its entirety, please click: Erin. I would like a great lake of beer for the King of Kings. His father or grandfather, who went to the creamery with an ass and cart, insulated himself against the vagaries of the heavens with a thick woolen overcoat and slightly greasy flat cap. Beneath the outer layer, which could weigh a hundredweight when well soaked, the man remained dry and warm." Then here’s to the land that is green and grey The land of all lands the best!Please, though, give us an authoritative source or, at least, corroboration. He had fought for all the aspirations of his race, for Independence, for Home Rule, for the Celtic Renaissance, for a United Ireland, for the eternal Cause of Humanity...

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I dream at night of operas and concerts in which I have had my share of success. Feel with them...’ From the novel Famine by Liam O'Flaherty The book is available on Amazon All parties bowed in sorrow over his grave, for in the last analysis they were all Irish, and they knew that in losing him, whether he was friend or enemy, they had lost a true son of Ireland. Source: the French journal L’Opinion/Wikipedia Photo Credit: © 2008, Pilise Gábor Republic of Ireland captain Robbie Keane believes Giovanni Trapattoni's men are capable of "one big result" at Euro 2012 - which he feels must come in their Group C opener against Croatia to stand any chance of progress through to the knockout stages.

Now like the old Irish minstrel, I have hung up my harp because my songs are all sung. "It will be tough for Ireland, but they will have a good go as all Irish teams do.” he said.

Photo Credit: European Space Agency I would like the angels of Heaven to be among us. I would like to be watching Heaven's family drinking it through all eternity. For the South is bright, and the East is gay, But the sun shines last in the West, The West! When law can stop the blades of grass from growin' as they grow, An' when the leaves in summer time their color dare not show, Then I will change the color, too, I wear in my caubeen; But till that day, plaise God, I'll stick to the Wearin' o' the Green.

Photo Credit & Related Story: Melancholicus I am wet through, relentless rain lashes down My dampening features take on a sad frown Murky clouds are emptying themselves away Flooding earth below, making a miserable day I trudge silently towards home, slowly soaking My body is splattered, coldly fuming, dripping My black raincoat is on, the umbrella held high Puddles underneath my feet splash as I walk by Perhaps tomorrow the sun will shine in the sky To dry my mood, to introduce a contented sigh "A culture is not an abstract thing. The aim is to push beyond standard-setting and asserting human rights to make those standards a living reality for people everywhere.” Mary Robinson quotes (Irish first female Irish President, b.1944) Photo Credit & Related Story: Rugged Elegance "I can hear the curlew passing overhead. But, my friend, this road is well trod and he, whoever he was, who first passed this way, deserves the salute of the nation. I would like the three Marys of illustrious renown to be with us. Our deeds of last week are the most splendid in Ireland’s history.

I am but a mere follower and I must say Oiche Mhaith.'* Bobby Sands *Oiche Mhaith - Good Night Photo Credit: Peregrine's Bird Photography "Nowadays we are all of us so hard up that the only pleasant things to pay are compliments. I would like the friends of Heaven to be gathered around us from all parts. People will say hard things of us now, but we shall be remembered by posterity and blessed by unborn generations.

Now like the old Irish minstrel, I have hung up my harp because my songs are all sung.

John Mc Cormack June 1884 – September 1945 “I do not believe that a child can be reformed by lock and key and bars, or that fear can ever develop a child’s character.” Father Edward J. Roscommon on July 13, 1886 and founded Boys Town in Omaha, Nebraska in 1921.