Ich am of Irlonde
Ant of the holy lande
Gode sire,pray ich the,
For of saynte charite
Come ant dance wyth me
-Ich Am of Irlonde 14th Century Anon.
"I am of Ireland
And the Holy Land of Ireland
And time runs on" cried she
Come out of charity,
Come dance with me in Ireland"
-William Butler Yeats
Ireland gives England her soldiers,
her generals too.-George Meredith,Diana of the Crossways
O Ireland isn't it grand you look--
Like a bride in her rich adornin?
And with all the pent-up love of my heart
I bid you the top o' the mornin!
-John Locke, The Exile's Return
For the great Gaels of Ireland
Are the men that God made mad
For all their wars are merry
And all their songs are sad
-Gilbert Keith Chesterton, The Ballad of the White Horse
Admitting the danger of generalities, I would content that the
Irish are the crybabies of the Western world. Even the mildest
quip will set them off in resolutions and protests. And still
more precarious is the position of the New York newspaper man who
ventures any criticism of the Catholic Church.
There is not a single New York editor who does not live in mortal terror
of the power of this group.It is not a
case of numbers but of organization...
If the church can bluff its way into a preferred
position the fault lies not with the Catholics but with
the editors-Heywood Brown,The Nation
Ireland has outlived the failure of all her hopes-and yet she
still hopes-Roger Casement,Prisoner's Speech.
Ireland is a country in which the political conflicts
are at least genuine;they are about something. They are
about patriotism, about religion or about money the
three great realities-GK Chesterton, George Bernard Shaw
And he said "How's poor ould Ireland, and how does she stand?
She's the most disthressful country that iver yet was seen
For the're hangin' men an' women there for the wear'in o'the green
They say there's bread and work for all,
And the sun shines always there
But I'll not forget old Ireland,
Were it fifty times as fair-Helen Selina Blackwood
The moment the very name of Ireland is mentioned
the English seem to bid adieu to common feeling,
Common prudence and common sense, and to act with the barbarity
of tyrants and the fatuity of idiots.-Sydney Smith, Peter Plymley's Letters
Romantic Ireland's dead and gone,
it's with O'Leary in the grave.-William Butler Yeats
At the creeks of Bagganbun Ireland was lost and won-Richared Stanihurst
History of Ireland-lawlessness,and turbulency,robbery
and oppression,hatred and revenge, blind
selfishness everywhere-no principle, no heroism.
What can be done with it?-William Allingham
In Ireland the inevitable never happens and
the unexpected constantly occurs-Sir John Pentland Mahaffy
I returned to Ireland. Ireland Green
and chaste and foolish-Patrick Kavanagh
Ireland is a little Russia in which the longest way round is
the shortest way home, and the means more important than the end.- George
Ireland is at all poynts like a young wench that hath a greensickness. She
is very fayre of visage, and hath a smoothskinn of tender grasse- Luke Justice Gerson
Do you know what Ireland is? asked Stephen with cold violence?
Ireland is the old sow that eats her farrow.-James Joyce
Old Ireland that Romantic Lady who slumbered and dreamt her way
along to the music of the laughter and tears of her people- Sir William Orpen