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quotes:
Wellington Mara
"I'll tell you what you can expect from an Irishman named Wellington whose father was a bookmaker. You can expect that anything he says or writes may be repeated aloud in your own home in front of your children. You can believe he was taught to love and respect all mankind, but to fear no man."
Notes: owner of the New York Giants, in reponse to a critical story by a sportswriter.

Flan O'Brien
"As an intending Trappist, he would have to turn his back on pleasure but that would not be so easy because he knew of practically nothing which could be called pleasure."
Notes: The Dalkey Archive

Cecil Woodham-Smith
"It is a curious contradiction, not very often remembered in England, that for many generations the private soldiers of the British Army were largely Irish."

Damien Engright

"I have never seen a West Cork farmer with an umbrella, except at a funeral. 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. Little rain permeated the oxter or the headgear. Beneath the outer layer, which could weigh a hundredweight when well soaked, the man remained dry and warm."
Notes: A Place Near Heaven - A Year in West Cork

Brendan Behan
"It's not that the Irish are cynical. It's simply that they have a wonderful lack of respect for everything and everybody."

Roderick O'Flaherty
"The isles of Aran are fameous for the numerous multitude of Saints there living of old and interred..."
Notes: 1684

Quentin Crisp
"When I told the people of Northern Ireland that I was an atheist, a woman in the audience stood up and said, 'Yes, but is it the God of the Catholics or the God of the Protestants in whom you don't believe?"

George Bernard Shaw
Take care to get what you like or you will be forced to like what you get.

Earle Hitchner
There can be no tradition without innovation.
Notes: Irish music journalist

Daryl Stout
Anyone acquainted with Ireland knows that the morning of St. Patrick's Day consists of the night of the 17th of March flavored strongly with the morning of the 18th.

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