Iris na Gaeilge    Marta 2004    uimh 6

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"We Irish are always being accused of looking backwards too much. Sometimes, however, we don't look back far enough, or carefully enough ".
Dervla Murphy, cyclist, writer. ' A Place Apart
"I have been assured by a very knowing American of my acquaintance in London, that a young, healthy, child well nursed , is at a year old a most delicious, nourishing, and wholesome food, whether stewed, roasted, baked or boiled, and I make no doubt that it will equally serve in a fricassee, or a ragout".
Jonathan Swift ( 1667-1745 ). Dublin- born satirist. 'A Modest Proposal'

"Is that a Cornish language?". Prince Charles, on seeing a banner 'IE LIKE MIE KWEEN'…. the initial teaching alphabet
"Ireland is like a ship on fire; it must be extinguished or cut adrift".
William Pitt, the younger. ( 1759-1805 ).

"Men talk of killing time, while time quietly kills them".
Dion Boucicault. (1864-1916)
Dublin-born dramatist and impresario.
"Money is the sinews of love, as of war".
George Farquhar ( 1677-1707) The first modern Irish dramatist. Born in Co.Derry. 'The Recruiting Sergeant'.

"Television contracts the imagination and radio expands it".
Terry Wogan, In 'The Observer'. 1984

"Father of Chemistry and Uncle of the Earl of Cork "
Robert Boyle, (1627-1691) Renowned Irish scientist. On his tombstone in Dublin.

"In Germany they came for the Communists, and I didn't speak up, because I was not a Communist. Then they came for the Jews, and I didnt speak up because I wasn't a Jew. Then they came for the trade unionists, and I didn't speak up , because I wasn't a trade unionist. Then they came for the Catholics and I didn't speak up, because I was a Protestant. Then they came for me, and by that time there was no one left to speak up".
Pastor Niemoller (1892-1984). In Germany, 1933-45
"As civilisation advances, Poetry almost necessarily declines".
Lord Macauley , ( 1800-1854 ), writer, historian, critic.

"It is a cruel thing to die and all men misunderstanding". Sir Roger Casement ( 1864-1916 ) Hanged at Pentonville, London, for gun-running from Germany to Ireland , in wartime. Born at Dún Laoghaire, Co. Dublin.

"The pram in the hallway is the enemy of good Art" Cyril Connolly. Critic. Author.

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