Quotes and Sayings about Ireland



"For over 30 years, the IRA showed that the British government could not rule Ireland on its own terms."
- Gerry Adams
(Related: Government, Ireland, Years)

"On the Northern Ireland question, for instance, the British and Irish governments prohibit media contact with members of the IRA, but we have always gone ahead, believing in the right to information."
- Kate Adie
(Related: Information, Ireland, Irish, Media, Question, Right)

"Geographically, Ireland is a medium-sized rural island that is slowly but steadily being consumed by sheep."
- Dave Barry
(Related: Being, Ireland, Sheep)

"Dublin university contains the cream of Ireland: Rich and thick."
- Samuel Beckett
(Related: University)

"Must we be put to shame by much smaller and poorer countries, by Ireland, France, Austria or Sweden, who have understood that a nation's support of its arts is a matter of both national pride and cultural survival?"
- Theodore Bikel
(Related: Survival, Countries, France, Ireland, Nation, Pride, Shame, Support)

"Ethiopia didn't just blow my mind; it opened my mind. Anyway, on our last day at this orphanage a man handed me his baby and said, 'Would you take my son with you?' He knew, in Ireland, that his son would live, and that in Ethiopia, his son would die."
- Bono
(Related: Son, Baby, Day, Ireland, Man, Mind)

"Ireland is a great country to die or be married in."
- Elizabeth Bowen
(Related: Country, Ireland)

"Indeed, American companies make three times as much profits from their investment in one E.U. country, Ireland, than they do from all their investments in China."
- John Bruton
(Related: American, Country, Investment, Ireland)

"Ireland has a role to play in making the E.U. united and strong."
- John Bruton
(Related: Ireland, Play, United)

"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."
- James Cagney
(Related: Men, Women, Father, Country, Ireland, Irish)

"There is not a single injustice in Northern Ireland that is worth the loss of a single British soldier or a single Irish citizen either."
- James Callaghan
(Related: Injustice, Ireland, Irish, Loss, Worth)

"By adopting the 'free trade,' or British, system, we place ourselves side by side with the men who have ruined Ireland and India, and are now poisoning and enslaving the Chinese people."
- Henry Charles Carey
(Related: Men, People, Ireland, Now, Trade)

"Everybody gets too drunk sometimes; and even if everybody didn't, I have gotten too drunk sometimes. I haven't hurt anybody. In Ireland we drink a lot. It's part of our culture. I like drinking. I don't think it's a bad thing."
- Andrea Corr
(Related: Culture, Drinking, Hurt, Ireland)

"In Ireland, it's been like U2 and The Cranberries, which is rock, but you know they're Irish."
- Caroline Corr
(Related: Ireland, Irish)

"I remember my first show was a live TV show in Ireland, and I was just petrified. It was horrific."
- Caroline Corr
(Related: First, Ireland)

"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?"
- Quentin Crisp
(Related: God, People, Ireland, Woman)

"I am hugely proud to have played for Ireland."
- Kenny Cunningham
(Related: Ireland)

"But one of the most fantastic things about Ireland and Dublin is that the pubs are like Paris and the cafe culture. And Dublin, in many ways, is a pub culture."
- Hugh Dancy
(Related: Culture, Ireland, Paris)

"Ireland. Great for the spirit - very bad for the body."
- Hugh Dancy
(Related: Body, Ireland, Spirit)

"Among the best traitors Ireland has ever had, Mother Church ranks at the very top, a massive obstacle in the path to equality and freedom. She has been a force for conservatism... to ward off threats to her own security and influence."
- Bernadette Devlin
(Related: Equality, Mother, Church, Conservatism, Force, Freedom, Influence, Ireland, Security)

"One American said that the most interesting thing about Holy Ireland was that its people hate each other in the name of Jesus Christ. And they do!"
- Bernadette Devlin
(Related: People, American, Christ, Hate, Ireland, Name)

"My partner Dan Ireland wants me to direct, and I read a lot of scripts - some good enough that I could see myself. But then it's like, so what? Who cares? Let someone else direct it."
- Vincent D'Onofrio
(Related: Ireland)

"It is tradition in Ireland that you're given money for your first communion."
- Roma Downey
(Related: Money, First, Ireland, Tradition)

"We're nondenominational. I come from Northern Ireland, and we've had religious wars for years. I didn't want to create an illusion that my God is better than your God. So our show is a spiritual show, not a religious show."
- Roma Downey
(Related: God, Illusion, Ireland, Religious, Spiritual, Want, Years)

"I find that I sent wolves not shepherds to govern Ireland, for they have left me nothing but ashes and carcasses to reign over!"
- Elizabeth I
(Related: Ireland, Nothing)

"I have lived in countries that were coming out of conflict: Ireland, South Africa, the Czech republic. People there are overflowing with energy."
- Brian Eno
(Related: People, Countries, Energy, Ireland)

"It wasn't so long ago that it was not popular to speak Gaelic in Ireland because the areas that Gaelic is spoken in were much poorer areas."
- Enya
(Related: Ireland, Popular)

"Ireland is also quite nice. So is Amsterdam."
- Diane von Furstenberg
(Related: Ireland)

"We are bound to lose Ireland in consequence of years of cruelty, stupidity and misgovernment and I would rather lose her as a friend than as a foe."
- William E. Gladstone
(Related: Friend, Cruelty, Ireland, Stupidity, Years)

"There will be no support in the island of Ireland for building a nuclear power station."
- Peter Hain
(Related: Power, Building, Ireland, Support, Will)

"We'll be launching the new public prosecution service in Northern Ireland tomorrow. I'll be doing it in Belfast tomorrow. This is an entirely new era, in which criminal justice now exercised on an equal basis, not the old basis in which community division was a feature."
- Peter Hain
(Related: Community, Ireland, Justice, Now, Old, Public, Service, Tomorrow)

"You can get on with your job. I'm going to get on with mine. And mine is to deliver for the people of Northern Ireland, that's what they expect from me and I'm not going to be deflected by interesting academic or media speculation or attempts to take the whole debate back."
- Peter Hain
(Related: People, Debate, Ireland, Job, Media)

"When you look at what I've done here, you see a consistent theme of reforms which is not driven by any dogma from across the water, but a radical agenda to make sure Northern Ireland's people enjoy equal opportunities, driven by the values of social justice."
- Peter Hain
(Related: People, Values, Ireland, Justice, Radical, Water)

"The big missing part of the jig-saw is to get the assembly back up and running here in Northern Ireland, to get shared government back in business, that is my objective, and we await the IRA statement to see if this will trigger a new dawn."
- Peter Hain
(Related: Government, Business, Dawn, Ireland, Running, Will)

"My job now, as Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, is to take this process forward, and that I'm determined to do, whatever old clippings you dig out and whatever old quotes you put before me."
- Peter Hain
(Related: Ireland, Job, Now, Old, Quotes, State)

"I'm going to be looking forward, asked to be judged on my record, not taken back as has been the - in a sense, the tendency throughout politics in Northern Ireland, is to always look back, always look at what was said a long time ago, instead of looking forward."
- Peter Hain
(Related: Politics, Time, Ireland, Sense)

"I like Ireland because it means I'm near France."
- Harry Harrison
(Related: France, Ireland)

"Ireland is where strange tales begin and happy endings are possible."
- Charles Haughey
(Related: Ireland)

"My father's parents were Irish. Only a year before my father died, he and I went back to Ireland for a week to look at the old homestead."
- John C. Hawkes
(Related: Father, Ireland, Irish, Old, Parents)

"My point is there's a hidden Scotland in anyone who speaks the Northern Ireland speech. It's a terrific complicating factor, not just in Northern Ireland, but Ireland generally."
- Seamus Heaney
(Related: Ireland, Scotland, Speech)

"The Ireland I now inhabit is one that these Irish contemporaries have helped to imagine."
- Seamus Heaney
(Related: Ireland, Irish, Now)

"At home in Ireland, there's a habit of avoidance, an ironical attitude towards the authority figure."
- Seamus Heaney
(Related: Home, Attitude, Habit, Authority, Ireland)

"When the problems in Northern Ireland started, it was not a question of Protestantism or Catholicism, because the Catholic church was the only church at that time-it was a nationalist conflict."
- Harri Holkeri
(Related: Time, Church, Catholicism, Conflict, Ireland, Problems, Protestantism, Question)

"Finland had a civil war less than 100 years ago, just like in Ireland. If you look at the history of newly independent nations, civil war is almost every time present, even in the United States."
- Harri Holkeri
(Related: History, Time, War, Ireland, Nations, Present, states, United, Years)

"The basic policy of the British Government was that since the majority of people in Northern Ireland wished to remain in the United Kingdom, that was that. We asked what would happen if the majority wanted something else, if the majority wanted to see Irish unity."
- John Hume
(Related: Government, People, Policy, Ireland, Irish, Majority, United, Unity)

"They believed that Britain was in Ireland defending their own interests, therefore the Irish had the right to use violence to put them out. My argument was that that type of thinking was out of date."
- John Hume
(Related: Argument, Ireland, Irish, Right, Thinking, Violence)

"People were so keen to get investment. In those days, there was quite significant unemployment in Northern Ireland, and that had been the general pattern in Northern Ireland for many, many years."
- John Hume
(Related: People, Investment, Ireland, Unemployment, Years)

"I grew up in Derry, of course, and it was - Derry was the worst example of Northern Ireland's discrimination."
- John Hume
(Related: Discrimination, Example, Ireland)

"In coming to that agreement, my party had a clear philosophy throughout. In Northern Ireland, we should have institutions that respected the differences of the people and that gave no victory to either side."
- John Hume
(Related: People, Victory, Agreement, Ireland, Party, Philosophy)

"Going back to Ireland involves at least six to seven emotional breakdowns for me per day."
- Anjelica Huston
(Related: Day, Ireland)

"Oh, all kinds of lunacy happens in Ireland, all kinds of lunacy."
- Anjelica Huston
(Related: Ireland)

"It was great to work in Ireland because it's such a beautiful country, but it's not particularly easy to film in because the weather changes all the time."
- Anjelica Huston
(Related: Time, Work, Country, Film, Ireland, Weather)

"I'm in so many Charles Bronson films because no other actress will work with him."
- Jill Ireland
(Related: Work, Will)

"Because modeling is lucrative, I'm able to save up and be more particular about the acting roles I take."
- Kathy Ireland
(Related: Acting)

"Don't just work for the money; that will bring only limited satisfaction."
- Kathy Ireland
(Related: Work, Money, Satisfaction, Will)

"My family gave me values that have sustained me through situations that would challenge any person. My personal relationship with the Lord inspires me in all I do."
- Kathy Ireland
(Related: Family, Values, Challenge)

"Some campaigns are not worth waging if you can't win; others have to be fought on grounds of principle regardless of the chances for success."
- Patricia Ireland
(Related: Success, Worth)

"Jesus never said anything about homosexuality."
- Patricia Ireland
(Related: Homosexuality)

"More than 10,000 ballots in Miami-Dade County have been rejected by some machine without any opportunity for a human being to take a look. That is just not right."
- Patricia Ireland
(Related: Opportunity, Being, Machine, Right)

"Most of us see Justice O'Connor as something of an icon, although we do not agree with all of her decisions."
- Patricia Ireland
(Related: Decisions, Justice)

"My answer to those who oppose my appointment as CEO is that this is really a decision of the YWCA. They want to strengthen their grassroots to advocate on behalf of women's and children's empowerment and ending racism."
- Patricia Ireland
(Related: Women, Decision, Children, Empowerment, Ending, Racism, Want)

"The way to be a man if you're a little boy is to be willing to throw your weight around."
- Patricia Ireland
(Related: Man, Weight)

"Some of those men in power, we just have to change their faces because we're not going to change their minds."
- Patricia Ireland
(Related: Change, Men, Power, Faces)

"Some of us may just, in one-on-one conversations with our family, with our friends, over the back fence with our neighbors, talk about the reality of our lives and realize that we're not alone, that we have a right to be physically safe and emotionally safe in our own homes."
- Patricia Ireland
(Related: Family, Friends, May, Neighbors, Reality, Right, Talk)

"Stewardesses are still paid so little that in many cases, new hires qualify for food stamps."
- Patricia Ireland
(Related: Food)

"Is a woman raped every three minutes or every six minutes? It is far too much, whatever it is."
- Patricia Ireland
(Related: Woman)

"The Violence Against Women Act is so important. It provides money to train the cop on the beat, to train the judges that this is a new day, that we won't tolerate this violence and to know how to deal with it."
- Patricia Ireland
(Related: Money, Women, Act, Day, Judges, Violence)

"I just have that sense this is the reason we got Sandra Day O'Connor on the Court in the first place is because Ronald Reagan was running for President."
- Patricia Ireland
(Related: Court, Day, First, President, Reason, Running, Sense)

"The Young Women's Christian Association is nourished by its roots in Christianity and, at the same time, over the years, it's been enriched by beliefs and values from all kinds of places, even, in fact, strengthened by our diversity."
- Patricia Ireland
(Related: Time, Women, Values, Christian, Christianity, Beliefs, Diversity, Fact, Years)

"The opposition has moved from a blaming the victim to blaming the victim's advocate's statistics. Irrespective of what the numbers are, it's far too many."
- Patricia Ireland
(Related: Numbers, Opposition, Statistics)

"In any grass-roots campaign, building an ongoing base of support is as important as winning the ultimate goal."
- Patricia Ireland
(Related: Goal, Winning, Building, Support)

"I've talked to law enforcement officials at the state and local level who say that violence against women is going up. In any case, we think that it's an important issue whether it's going up or not. And we are determined to stop it."
- Patricia Ireland
(Related: Women, Law, State, Violence)

"I want to reach young women and to get them involved in the mission of the YWCA, economic empowerment of women and girls, and ending racism."
- Patricia Ireland
(Related: Women, Empowerment, Ending, Girls, Mission, Racism, Want)

"I want to organize so that women see ourselves as people who are entitled to power, entitled to leadership."
- Patricia Ireland
(Related: Leadership, Women, Power, People, Want)

"I know that Bush, for political reasons, is going to nominate a minority, a Hispanic man or someone where it will be harder for people on the progressive side to oppose and split some of the traditionally progressive or democratic constituents."
- Patricia Ireland
(Related: People, Man, Minority, Will)

"I don't think you lead by pessimism and cynicism. I think you lead by optimism and enthusiasm and energy."
- Patricia Ireland
(Related: Enthusiasm, Optimism, Pessimism, Cynicism, Energy)

"I come from a Christian faith. I am not going to give you insight into my particular beliefs."
- Patricia Ireland
(Related: Faith, Christian, Beliefs)

"Extremely strong, effective, tenacious, and powerful political networks can be built when you fight losing battles as well as when you win."
- Patricia Ireland
(Related: Fight, Losing)

"Bush's choice of Dick Cheney as his running mate is clear confirmation of the policies he would promote and the nominations he would make to an already closely divided U.S. Supreme Court."
- Patricia Ireland
(Related: Choice, Court, Running)

"And of course we are familiar with the English common law rule of thumb that said a man could in fact use a stick no bigger than his thumb to discipline his wife and family."
- Patricia Ireland
(Related: Family, Wife, Discipline, English, Fact, Law, Man)

"I have a very personal interest. I am a Miami-Dade voter. One of the issues is that my vote and so many other votes of women and African Americans in Florida are being discounted or discarded. I want my vote to count."
- Patricia Ireland
(Related: Women, African, Americans, Being, Interest, Vote, Want)

"Advice and consent does not mean rubber stamp in the Senate."
- Patricia Ireland
(Related: Advice, Senate)

"Violence may be a good focus to organize around, but we have to look at women's lives in our entirety."
- Patricia Ireland
(Related: Women, Focus, May, Violence)

"I know that it isn't just violence against women, it's how do we support ourselves and our families, how do we deal with health care for ourselves and our families? It's a bigger picture."
- Patricia Ireland
(Related: Health, Women, Care, Support, Violence)

"There are a lot of people who worked extremely hard in the election who are still organized who know how to do door to door and phone canvassing, who know how to raise money."
- Patricia Ireland
(Related: Money, People)

"We always knew when we took on the issue of violence against women that somehow our opposition would come after us."
- Patricia Ireland
(Related: Women, Opposition, Violence)

"We have to stop this violence. We have to make the political nature of the violence clear, that the violence we experience in our own homes is not a personal family matter, it's a public and political problem. It's a way that women are kept in line, kept in our places."
- Patricia Ireland
(Related: Experience, Family, Nature, Women, Public, Violence)

"We may be in a tough time right now, but when we are in a tough time is when our movement gets really strong."
- Patricia Ireland
(Related: Time, May, Now, Right)

"When I hear traditional family values raised, I hear that effort once again to re-establish the man as head and master of his family. Who had the, not only the right, but the obligation to discipline his wife and children to keep them in line?"
- Patricia Ireland
(Related: Family, Wife, Discipline, Values, Children, Effort, Man, Obligation, Right)

"When I started law school I was shocked to learn that our legal system traditionally had the man as the head and master of the family. As late as the '70s and '80s when we were fighting for the Equal Rights Amendment, states like Louisiana still had a head and master law."
- Patricia Ireland
(Related: Legal, Family, Fighting, Rights, Law, Man, School, states)

"Women are called upon to defend every bit of progress we have made against particularly virulent attack. But we must also hold out a vision, put forth a positive agenda of what women need and want and then move forward toward that dream."
- Patricia Ireland
(Related: Women, Dream, Progress, Positive, Vision, Want)

"They plan to ride into the White House on the Sweet Talk Express. Well, think again. Bush and Cheney are not compassionate conservatives. They are ruthless reactionaries."
- Patricia Ireland
(Related: Talk)

"Iceland, though it lies so far to the north that it is partly within the Arctic Circle, is, like Norway, Scotland, and Ireland, affected by the Gulf Stream, so that considerable portions of it are quite habitable."
- Harry Johnston
(Related: Ireland, Lies, Scotland)

"No, I just thought of a story and wrote down what I saw. It was about two kids in Ireland who went around killing people. It was called Travelers, and it was made as an independent film."
- Neil Jordan
(Related: Thought, People, Film, Ireland, Kids, Killing)

"I mean I grew up in Ireland, so one would have to be consciously blinkered not to have reflected on the issue of political violence because that was the story since I was 19 years old or 20."
- Neil Jordan
(Related: Ireland, Old, Violence, Years)

"I've also worked hard portraying an Ireland which is fast disappearing. Ireland was a very depressed and difficult place in the 1980s, and I've tried to include that in the script. I worked really hard to find the heart of the book."
- Neil Jordan
(Related: Heart, Ireland)

"I've had three novels published, and I was working a little bit in theater in Ireland. I wrote one film script just to see what it would turn out like."
- Neil Jordan
(Related: Film, Ireland, Theater)

"Ireland sober is Ireland stiff."
- James Joyce
(Related: Ireland)

"If Ireland is to become a new Ireland she must first become European."
- James Joyce
(Related: First, Ireland)

"Ireland is the old sow that eats her farrow."
- James Joyce
(Related: Ireland, Old)

"At Leeds I've tried to concentrate on my club form, but you get caught up in all the World Cup fever once you come back to Ireland and see all the Irish boys again."
- Robbie Keane
(Related: Boys, Ireland, Irish, World)

"Australia integrated the - brought on the ships and unleashed in the society the dogs of sectarianism, which had existed in other places - in Glasgow, in Liverpool and of course in Ireland, north and south."
- Thomas Keneally
(Related: Society, Dogs, Ireland, Ships)

"You're basing your laws and your whole outlook on natural life on mythology. It won't work. That's why you have all these problems in the world. Name them: India, Pakistan, Ireland. Name them-all these problems. They're all religious problems."
- Jack Kevorkian
(Related: Life, Work, Ireland, Laws, Mythology, Name, Problems, Religious, World)

"Stop at home. Arm for Ireland. Fight for Ireland and no other land."
- James Larkin
(Related: Home, Fight, Ireland)

"The best thanks we could offer those who went before and raised the Irish working class from their knees was to press forward with determination and enthusiasm towards the ultimate goal of their efforts, a Co-operative Commonwealth for Ireland."
- James Larkin
(Related: Determination, Enthusiasm, Goal, Class, Ireland, Irish, Press)

"The land of Ireland for the people of Ireland."
- James Larkin
(Related: People, Ireland)

"We shall not fight for the preservation of the enemy, which has laid waste with death and desolation the fields and hills of Ireland for 700 years."
- James Larkin
(Related: Death, Enemy, Fight, Ireland, Waste, Years)

"The problem with Ireland is that it's a country full of genius, but with absolutely no talent."
- Hugh Leonard
(Related: Talent, Genius, Country, Ireland)

"In some parts of Ireland the sleep which knows no waking is always followed by a wake which knows no sleeping."
- Mary Wilson Little
(Related: Ireland, Sleep, Waking)

"I know there's some kind of history to mountain music-like it came from Ireland or England or Scotland and we kept up the tradition."
- Loretta Lynn
(Related: History, Music, England, Ireland, Scotland, Tradition)

"They want to derail peace because they want to plunge Northern Ireland back into armed conflict."
- Peter Mandelson
(Related: Peace, Conflict, Ireland, Want)

"I'm 78, I'm on my pension in Ireland, and all that good stuff."
- Anne McCaffrey
(Related: Ireland)

"But I will say that living in Ireland has changed the cadence and fullness of speech, since the Irish love words and use as many of them in a sentence as possible."
- Anne McCaffrey
(Related: Love, Ireland, Irish, Living, Speech, Will, Words)

"Ireland is a peculiar society in the sense that it was a nineteenth century society up to about 1970 and then it almost bypassed the twentieth century."
- John McGahern
(Related: Society, Ireland, Sense)

"Yes, but also one of the problems for a novelist in Ireland is the fact that there are no formal manners. I mean some people have beautiful manners but there's no kind of agreed form of manners."
- John McGahern
(Related: People, Fact, Ireland, Manners, Problems)

"Everything that we inherit, the rain, the skies, the speech, and anybody who works in the English language in Ireland knows that there's the dead ghost of Gaelic in the language we use and listen to and that those things will reflect our Irish identity."
- John McGahern
(Related: English, Identity, Ireland, Irish, Language, Rain, Speech, Will)

"Sinn Fein is the fastest growing party on the island of Ireland."
- Martin McGuinness
(Related: Ireland, Party)

"Well I think it has always been a mistake to reduce the peace process in Ireland to a decommissioning process."
- Martin McGuinness
(Related: Peace, Mistake, Ireland)

"It is not only our duty to America, but also to Ireland. We could not hope to succeed in our effort to make Ireland a Republic without the moral and material support of the liberty-loving citizens of these United States."
- Thomas F. Meagher
(Related: Hope, America, Duty, Effort, Ireland, Liberty, states, Succeed, Support, United)

"Judged by the law of England, I know this crime entails upon me the penalty of death; but the history of Ireland explains that crime and justifies it."
- Thomas Francis Meagher
(Related: History, Death, Crime, England, Ireland, Law)

"You know, the pessimism which exists now in the Middle East existed in Northern Ireland, but we stayed at it."
- George J. Mitchell
(Related: Pessimism, Ireland, Now)

"My father was the orphaned son of immigrants to the United States from Ireland. My father never knew his parents. His mother died - we're not sure - either at or shortly after his birth, and he and all of his siblings were placed in orphanages in the Boston area."
- George J. Mitchell
(Related: Mother, Father, Son, Boston, Ireland, Parents, states, United)

"I'd love to live in Ireland but I'd like to live as me, not what someone thinks I am. People don't understand - I lived there before I was famous."
- Van Morrison
(Related: Love, People, Famous, Ireland)

"I was born in Northern Ireland in 1951. I lived most of my life there until 1986 or 1987."
- Paul Muldoon
(Related: Life, Ireland)

"Obviously one of the things that poets from Northern Ireland and beyond - had to try to make sense of was what was happening on a day-to-day political level."
- Paul Muldoon
(Related: Day, Ireland, Poets, Sense)

"On the other hand, at some level the mass of unresolved issues in Northern Ireland does influence the fact that there are so many good writers in the place."
- Paul Muldoon
(Related: Fact, Influence, Ireland, Writers)

"The economy in Ireland has been rampaging ahead for the last 15 years. Barring an international, political or natural catastrophe, things can only get better for the Irish."
- Eddie Murphy
(Related: Economy, Ireland, Irish, Years)

"Some mornings you wake up and think, gee I look handsome today. Other days I think, what am I doing in the movies? I wanna go back to Ireland and drive a forklift."
- Liam Neeson
(Related: Movies, Ireland, Today)

"There is always some universal proportion, but along with that there are some places where special things happen. Ireland, for example. I've always felt it's interesting to play there. Maybe they just drink more than anybody else."
- Ed O'Brien
(Related: Example, Ireland, Play)

"Rain is also very difficult to film, particularly in Ireland because it's quite fine, so fine that the Irish don't even acknowledge that it exists."
- Alan Parker
(Related: Film, Ireland, Irish, Rain)

"Why should Ireland be treated as a geographical fragment of England - Ireland is not a geographical fragment, but a nation."
- Charles Stewart Parnell
(Related: England, Ireland, Nation)

"I do identify with St. Patrick, not just in name. He drove the snakes out of Ireland. I intend to drive the snakes out of the State House."
- Deval Patrick
(Related: Ireland, Name, State)

"Love is never defeated, and I could add, the history of Ireland proves it."
- Pope John Paul II
(Related: History, Love, Ireland)

"At this moment, when Ireland seems about to break into something new, we thought it was worth looking back at a time when people seemed to have found a way out of the sectarian division of the country."
- Stephen Rea
(Related: Time, Thought, People, Country, Ireland, Worth)

"I don't feel ashamed of my wife's political background, and I don't think she should either. I feel that the people who administered the North of Ireland for the last 20 years should be ashamed. There you are."
- Stephen Rea
(Related: Wife, People, Ireland, Years)

"Altho that is so, Ireland has always denied and Ireland still denies that the Union was binding upon her either legally or morally. And here on this historic occasion we have assembled to renew our protest and to place it upon record."
- John Edward Redmond
(Related: Ireland, Protest)

"What Ireland needs now above all else is peace."
- Albert Reynolds
(Related: Peace, Ireland, Needs, Now)

"I call on everyone of goodwill both in Ireland and abroad to join now in ensuring that the beginning of peace becomes a reality, before this year is out. Let us together open a new era in our history."
- Albert Reynolds
(Related: History, Peace, Beginning, Goodwill, Ireland, Now, Open, Reality)

"The cup of Ireland's misery has been overflowing for centuries and is not yet half full."
- Boyle Roche
(Related: Ireland, Misery)

"Ireland and England are like two sisters; I would have them embrace like one brother."
- Boyle Roche
(Related: Brother, England, Ireland, Sisters)

"After the spiritual powers, there is no thing in the world more unconquerable than the spirit of nationality. The spirit of nationality in Ireland will persist even though the mightiest of material powers be its neighbor."
- George William Russell
(Related: Ireland, Nationality, Spirit, Spiritual, Will, World)

"They won't break me because the desire for freedom, and the freedom of the Irish people, is in my heart. The day will dawn when all the people of Ireland will have the desire for freedom to show. It is then that we will see the rising of the moon."
- Bobby Sands
(Related: People, Heart, Dawn, Day, Desire, Freedom, Ireland, Irish, Moon, Will)

"I came to Ireland 20 years ago as a student, hitch-hiking round for a week and staying in Dublin."
- Greta Scacchi
(Related: Ireland, Years)

"I would love to write the story of my upbringing in Ireland."
- Fiona Shaw
(Related: Love, Ireland)

"There once was a demographic survey done to determine if money was connected to happiness and Ireland was the only place where this did not turn out to be true."
- Fiona Shaw
(Related: Happiness, Money, Ireland)

"That feeds anger, and I mean when we went and at last thank heavens got towards peace in Northern Ireland we went for justice within Northern Ireland as well as using security well, as well as a political settlement, but surely that is the lesson."
- Clare Short
(Related: Peace, Anger, Ireland, Justice, Security)

"I sure love Ireland. The first trip I ever made was last year when I did this record in Dublin."
- Michael W. Smith
(Related: Love, First, Ireland)

"It... is the best opportunity we've had in the last 25 years to bring about a settlement in Northern Ireland, and I think we should leave no stone unturned to achieve that."
- Dick Spring
(Related: Opportunity, Ireland, Years)

"I believe we've spent many years trying to bring about talks which have all the Parties in Northern Ireland involved so that there'd be inclusive talks."
- Dick Spring
(Related: Ireland, Trying, Years)

"There are two traditions in Northern Ireland. There are two main religious denominations. But there is only one true moral denomination. And it wants peace."
- David Trimble
(Related: Peace, Ireland, Religious, Traditions)

"The part which American friendship played in helping us to win the freedom we enjoy in this part of Ireland has been gratefully recognized and acknowledged by our people."
- Eamon de Valera
(Related: Friendship, People, American, Freedom, Ireland)

"For far too long, the people of Northern Ireland have been denied an equal voice and equal representation in government. It is time for the Assembly and Executive to be up and running and the people's business to be addressed."
- James T. Walsh
(Related: Business, Time, Government, People, Ireland, Running, Voice)

"I always loved my mother, felt loved, but she was judgmental. Her father in Ireland didn't approve of women generally, and she took on his values. She believed her own mother was foolish."
- Julie Walters
(Related: Women, Mother, Father, Values, Ireland)

"We may have bad weather in Ireland, but the sun shines in the hearts of the people and that keeps us all warm."
- Marianne Williamson
(Related: People, Ireland, May, Sun, Weather)

"When I was younger, I was in love with everything about the British Isles, from British folklore to Celtic music. That was always where my passions were as a young girl, and so I studied folklore as a college student in England and Ireland."
- Terri Windling
(Related: Love, Music, College, England, Ireland)

"I love to go to Ireland just to relax."
- Ron Wood
(Related: Love, Ireland, Relax)

"Out of Ireland have we come, great hatred, little room, maimed us at the start. I carry from my mother's womb a fanatic heart."
- William Butler Yeats
(Related: Mother, Heart, Hatred, Ireland)

"You that would judge me, do not judge alone this book or that, come to this hallowed place where my friends' portraits hang and look thereon; Ireland's history in their lineaments trace; think where man's glory most begins and ends and say my glory was I had such friends."
- William Butler Yeats
(Related: History, Friends, Glory, Ireland, Man, Portraits)