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I believe in all of these Irish myths, like leprechauns. Not the pot of gold, not the Lucky Charms leprechauns. But maybe was there something in the traditional sense? I believe that this stuff came from somewhere other than people's imaginations.
'Lollipop Opera' is the backdrop to Finsbury Park. A place that is very thriving, interracial and lot of music stores, Greek, Turkish, all sorts of immigrant music. It's utter Englishness. It blends the Jamaicans, the Irish. It's like what Jim Reeves did with American country music.
The Ireland I now inhabit is one that these Irish contemporaries have helped to imagine.
I think the genetics of being Irish are that you sort of prefer when it's rainy and cloudy. It's just genetic.
I love oatmeal. To me, it's not boring. I agree that ordinary oatmeal is very boring, but not the steel-cut Irish kind - the kind that pops in your mouth when you bite into it in little glorious bursts like a sort of gummy champagne.
The Irish Catholic side was married to the life of an actor and I found out acting could be a form of prayer.
I'm born and raised in the Northeast. My parents are Irish immigrants. So our tendency is to shy away from the big yellow ball that comes up in the sky every once in a while.
I'm just a true Irish boy at heart.
I'm a product of my Irish culture, and I could no more lose that than I could my sense of identity.
I was raised Irish Catholic, but I don't consider myself Irish Catholic: I consider myself me, an American.
Yelling Irish, you can sound like an angry Leprechaun.
My first thought when I came here was that I understood why there are so many great Irish writers - because there is something mystical in the air. There's always this cloudy, moody sky and it's challenging.
My father was totally Irish, and so I went to Ireland once. I found it to be very much like New York, for it was a beautiful country, and both the women and men were good-looking.
My mum and my husband are from Irish backgrounds, so we have a lot of potatoes. Chips, mashed, boiled, new potatoes, I love them all. Even the slightly wonky ones like Duchess potatoes that go up in a little spiral.
I had to have some balls to be Irish Catholic in South London. Most of that time I spent fighting.
I had that stubborn streak, the Irish in me I guess.
But let's just say, I'm Irish. I grew up in the 1950s. Religion had a very tight iron fist.
No, men and women of the Irish race, we shall not fight for England. We shall fight for the destruction of the British Empire and the construction of an Irish republic.
I had a very happy childhood, which is unsuitable if you're going to be an Irish writer.
I'm Irish, yeah, but I don't need to get up on a soapbox about it.
There are probably more annoying things than being hectored about African development by a wealthy Irish rock star in a cowboy hat, but I can't think of one at the moment.
I grew up in an Irish Catholic family, and I think they force you to watch every James Cagney movie.
The majority of the members of the Irish parliament are professional politicians, in the sense that otherwise they would not be given jobs minding mice at crossroads.
My mother is Irish, my father is black and Venezuelan, and me - I'm tan, I guess.
I would love to go back to any time in European history, especially in Irish history, to the second or third century, prior to the arrival of Christianity when Paganism flourished. I can always go back there in my imagination, of course. It doesn't cost anything, and it's a form of time travel, I suppose.
A. P. J. Abdul Kalam
Martin Luther King, Jr.
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