My Top Ten Favorite Things Irish.

Posted by maureen

March 16, 2007 | 3 Comments

St.Patrick’s day is the Irish national holiday that celebrates Saint Patrick (386-493), the patron saint of Ireland. It is held on March 17 and the St Patrick’s Day parade in Dublin Ireland is part of a five-day festival. The first St. Patrick’s day parade was held in New York City on March 17, 1766 when Irish soldiers marched through the city.

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Favorite Limerick.
They say sex when you’re old is still fun
Just as long as you walk and don’t run
But it comes as a shock
When you’re still in one sock
And find things have already begun

Some people say that the limerick was invented by soldiers returning from France to the Irish town of Limerick in the 1700′s.

Favorite Actor
Peter O’Toole. Peter Seamus O’Toole was born on 2nd August 1932 in Connemara, County Galway, Ireland. Many great performances in such movies as Lawrence of Arabia, 1962, and Beckett, 1964

Favorite Athlete
George Best. Best was a footballing genius. He had speed, superb dribbling skills, and the ability to accelerate past players and was adept with both feet. He played 11 seasons for Manchester United and is widely regarded as one of the greatest players to have graced the British game.

Favorite Drink
Guinness is a dry stout that originated in Arthur Guinness’s St James’s Gate brewery in Dublin, Ireland. It is one of the most successful beer brands in the world, being exported world wide. Guinness stout is made from water, barley, malt, hops and brewers yeast and is said to put hair on your chest…..beware girls!

Favorite Comedian
Dave Allen. This Irish comedian was a great favorite of mine and was famed for his extraordinary relaxed style of TV routines which he performed perched on a stool with a glass of Whiskey. and cigarette in hand. I doubt that would be allowed today. He also told told irreverent jokes about religion “I’m an Atheist…thank God.”
I always loved the closing line of his performances:” Goodnight, thank you, and may your God go with you”

Favorite Band
U2. The rock group was formed in Dublin, Ireland in 1976. They have consistently been one of the most popular acts in the world since the mid-1980s and the band has sold upwards of 170 million albums worldwide. My particular favorites are the earlier albums and especially The Joshua Tree and Rattle and Hum. Great music!

Favorite Poet
William Butler Yeats, 1865-1939, Irish writer who is considered among the greatest poets of the 20th century
But I, being poor, have only my dreams; I have spread my dreams under your feet; Tread softly because you tread on my dreams

Yeats was often homesick for Ireland, of which his poem “The Lake Isle of Innisfree” was one of the results,
I will arise and go now, for always night and day
I hear lake water lapping with low sounds by the shore;
While I stand on the roadway, or on the pavements grey,
I hear it in the deep heart’s core.

Favorite Writer
Joyce, James, 1882—1941, Irish novelist. Perhaps the most influential and significant novelist of the 20th century. Joyce was a master of the English language, exploiting all of its resources. His novel Ulysses, which is among the great works of world literature, I am also a fan of Frank McCourt who is an Irish American who was born in Brooklyn and grew up in Limerick, Ireland. His book Angela’s Ashes, is a wonderfully written biography that tugs at your heart strings.

Favorite Female Singer
Enya is the Republic of Ireland’s best-selling solo artist and one of Ireland’s best known musicians. As a musical group, Enya is collaboration between three people: Enya herself, who composes and performs the music; Nicky Ryan, who produces the albums, and Roma Ryan, who writes the lyrics in various languages. Hers is a blend of folk melodies, synthesized backdrops, and classical tones. I have to admit that my favorite song by an Irish female singer is actually Sinad O’Connor “Nothing Compares 2U” by Prince.

Favorite Playwright
Oscar Wilde. More accurately, Oscar Wilde was a playwright; novelist, poet and short story writer .He was one of the most successful playwrights of late Victorian London and one of the greatest celebrities of his day. He was also known for his sharp, barbed wit.

“I was working on the proof of one of my poems all this morning, and took out a comma. In the afternoon I put it back“.

“Anyone who lives within their means suffers from a lack of imagination.”


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  1. Christopher Waldrop on March 21, 2007 1:16 pm

    Wow. You managed to hit some of my favorite Irish things: the poetry of Yeats, the Guinness, and of course the comedy of Dave Allen. I only saw Dave Allen once, late at night on the local PBS station, but one of the skits has stayed in my memory. A priest walks up to a house and knocks on the door. A little girl opens the door and says, “Yes?” The priest says, “I’m collecting for the orphanage.” The little girl says, “Just a moment.” Two gunshots are then heard. The little girl comes back out and say, “I’m ready now.” And she and the priest go walking off hand in hand.
    I thought I would never stop laughing, but you can probably also tell why the local PBS station never ran any Dave Allen again.

  2. maureen on March 25, 2007 4:37 pm

    Thanks for that piece of Dave Allen I haven’t heard before….he certainly touched a few nerves!

  3. tom callahan on February 4, 2008 8:53 pm

    Thanks for you and for this blog. I should like to know more about Mr. Allen as I don’t believe we had the joy of his humor here in the states.Even though I am long removed from Ireland I sometimes hear it calling. If only I could find me a handsome boatsman.

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