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Irish Living
By Paul Francis Mc Cann   
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Last edited: Wednesday, March 05, 2008
Posted: Wednesday, March 05, 2008

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A look a life in Ireland

Growing up in Ireland for me provided a great wealth of things that inspired and encouraged me as a writer . Ireland is a place of mysticism , fascination, and intrigue . The magic that is Ireland is unique . Before Christianity arrived in Ireland a Celtic spirituality existed . The early Celts worshipped the creator of life in their surroundings . Beyond this are the mists of time in Ireland . Legendary supernatural beings inhabited Ireland and in a time when fairytales existed an endless road to discover the magic of Ireland had just begun . These days Ireland is a divided island of 32 counties. The republic Ireland has twenty six counties and the north of Ireland has 6. Modern Ireland is alive with music, poetry, theatre, dance ,and cultural richness. The Craic as it is known makes the Irish tick .It begins at the break of the day , Sure T'is a grand day everyday bursting with shocking surprise . The Irish are the greatest talkers bar none . At the end of every day in the pubs, pints please as gossip abounds . Ah t'is a grand night indeed as each individual will warm your heart and fill your ear with the Craic . A fair skinned race with an infectious well being the Irish will promise you the world . Then its time gentlemen as another round is ordered then another warning time please gentlemen and another drink is ordered . Ireland is a sanctuary from life . Zig zag back through time and you'll discover the magic of Ireland. It is not surprising that the Irish should have a magic way with the spoken word, considering their fertile imaginations. they have been passing proverbs along for generations now. Each Irish village had a Seanchai, a person whose specialty was recounting memories. There were no written records in olden days. This may account for the many variations in stories. Not every Seanchai had a perfect memory. Their tales were traditionally told to a group of people gathered around the fire. The proverbs and sayings contain more than a grain of truth and wisdom. Enjoy. - By Doctor Write Little Celtic Gems to help you everyday. True greatness knows gentleness. When wrathful words arise a closed mouth is soothing. Have a mouth of ivy and a heart of holly. A silent mouth is musical. Associate with the nobles, but be not cold to the poor and lowly. A constant guest is never welcome. A short visit is best, and that not too often, even to the house of a friend. Blind should be the eyes in the abode of another. A man with loud talk makes truth itself seem folly. It is difficult to soothe the proud. The peacemaker is never in the way. No heat like that of shame. No pain like that of refusal. No sorrow like the loss of friends. Death is a poor man's best physician. A hound's tooth, a thorn in the hand, and a fool's retort are the tree sharpest things of all. How many mourn the want of possessions; yet the strong, the brave, and the rich, all go to the grave at last; like the poor, and the emaciated, and the infant. Conversation is the cure for every sorrow. Even contention is better than loneliness. It is sad to have no friend, sad to have unfortunate children; sad to have only a poor hut; but sadder to have nothing good or bad. Praise youth, and it will advance to success. If the head cannot bear the glory of the crown, better be without it. Face the sun, but turn your back to the storm. Without money fame is dead. He who is up is extolled; he who is down is trampled on. Reputation is more enduring than life. Drinking is the brother of robbery. Character is better than wealth. The lake is not encumbered by the swan; nor the steed by the bridle; nor the sheep by the wool; nor the man by the soul that is in him. Falling is easier than rising. A foot at rest means nothing. Cleverness is better than strength. Have sense, patience, and self-restraint, and no mischief will come. Idleness is a fool's desire. The tree remains, but not the hand that planted it. A heavy purse makes a light heart. Better April showers than the breadth of the ocean in gold. A meeting in the sun is lucky, and a burying in the rain. Good fortune often abides with a fool. There is no joy without affliction. Better a good run than a long standing. All snakes who wish to remain in Ireland will please raise their right hand. (attributed to St. Patrick) There are only two things to worry about either you are well or you are sick. If you are well, there is nothing to worry about. But if you are sick, there are two things to worry about. Either you will get well or you will die. If you get well, there is nothing to worry about. If you die, there are only two things to worry about. Either you will go to heaven or hell. If you go to heaven there is nothing to worry about. But if you go to hell, you'll be so damn busy shaking hand with friends, you won't have time to worry!. (An Irishman's philosophy) Murphys Law - Was he an Optimist ? Quotes by an Irish Writer - Oscar Wilde 1. If you think everything seems to be going well, you obviousley don't understand the situation. 2. Left to themselves, things always go from bad to worse. 3. If you tinker with and improve something for long enough, eventually it will break. 4. Nature always sides with the hidden flaw. 5. A short cut is the longest distance between two points. 6. Friends come and go, but enemies accumulate. 7. The light at the end of the tunnel is the headlamp of an oncoming train. 8. By making something absolutely clear, somebody will be confused. 9. Anything you try to fix will take longer and cost more than you think. 10. In order to get a loan, you must first prove that you don't need it. 11. You can fool some of the people all of the time, and all of the people some of the time, and that's enough. 12. The chance of the bread falling with the butter side down is directly proportional to the value of the carpet. 13. If something can go wrong it will go wrong. longer Version If something can go wrong it will do so under the worst circumstances and at the most inappropriate time possible. By Paul McCann

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