Iris na Gaeilge November 2003 uimh 5
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The following homes were the birthplaces or residences of people who were important in Irish history. Can you name them?
"The cruellest lies are often told in silence" . Robert Louis Stevenson (1850- 1894 ) .Scottish novelist.
" I have seen the stars, and I am not going to follow a flickering
will o' the wisp". Countess Constance Markievicz. ( 1868-1927 ).
During Dáil debates, 1922. Born in Co. Sligo.
"It is a mistake to suppose that God is only, or even chiefly, concerned with religion." William Temple, ( 1881- 1944 ). Archbishop of Canterbury.
"They are interested in the surface of life, but lack that sense of the eternal which gives genius and awe to a work of art". George Moore, (1852-1933 ). Irish writer. Said about 19th. centuary English novelists.
"We are all worms, but some of us are glow -worms". Winston Churchill, (1874- 1965 ).
"First among the builders of the new Ireland I had already set the
name of Douglas Hyde" (Irish language revivalist).
"Not Angles , but angels!". Said of English children , by Pope Gregory the Great ( 540- 604 ).
"Irish is one of thoae ancient Europran tongues which, for centuries, has succeeded in surviving in a nation without a state, and has (now ) faced the prospect of dying in a state without a nation". William Mackey. Canadian sociologist..
"If I had sought popularity in Ireland, I should find myself perfectly unhappy, because I risked the capital of my fame in the most disadvantageous lottery in the world". Edmund Burke (1727-1797). Irish- born British statesman.
"If you don't stand for something you don't have the right to be a nation". James M. Dillon, T.D.(1902-1984). In conversation about Ireland's neutrality, with Elizabeth Bowen (novelist), in 1940.
"Art is the lie that tells the truth". Pablo Picasso (1881- 1973). Cubist painter.
The decline of the Welsh language began in 1543 with the Act for the Government of Wales (Henry VIII). Today a growing 20% speak Welsh.
I disagree with the article praising Daniel O' Connell in your last issue ( " An tEireannach is Iontaí" le Fachtna O Drisceoil ).
1 ) O'Connell was strongly against the Irish language, although he was a native speaker himself. . In this opposition he started a fashion. The R.C. church took up his idea then and vigorously propagated it. Hence, the decay in Ireland of one of Europe's oldest languages.
2 ) " Irish freedom is not worth one drop of blood", said O'Connell. Surely that was, and still must be, contrary to Catholic moral teaching!.
3 ) O'Connell can be seen as having morally emasculated the Irish people, in that , rather than fight for their food when the Famine came in 1845, they lay down meekly and died in their hundreds of thousands. He had taught them not to fight with dire results.
This meekness surprised even the British government of the day. Ireland was a food-exporting country 1845-48, while the Famine was raging at home.
Yours, Veritas. (name, details with Editor).
1) Henry Grattan ( 1746-1820 ). A founder of Irish Volunteers
and the Patriotic Party