Iris na Gaeilge    Eanáir 2005         uimh 8

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I am an Englishman, Haines answered.He's English , Buck Mulligan said , and he wants us to speak Irish in Ireland."Sure we ought to, the old woman said, and I'm ashamed I dont speak the language myself. I'm told its a grand language by those who know".
From'Ulysses' by James Joyce (1882-1941).

"Come closer, boys, it will be easier for you".
Erskine Childers, to his firing squad at his execution in Dublin,Civil War, 1922.

"Nations, like men, have their infancy".
Viscount Bollingbrooke (1678-1751).

"My poetry didn't save a single Jew from the gas chamber"
W.H. Auden (1907-73).

"The French use culture as a weapon of State."
Nial McGregor, Curator of the National Gallery, London.
BBC Radio 4. Jan 2004.

"An hour's study of Nature is better than a year's prayer."
The prophet Mahammad, directing his followers to listen to scientists.
Daily Telegraph. May 2003.

"Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body."
Sir Richard Steele, (1672-1729) Dublin-- born essayist, dramatist

"The Lloyds were Catholics and so were made to have a lot of children by force".
Muriel Spark, in 'The Pride of Miss Jean Brodie'.


"Families, when all food was eaten and no hope left, built up their cottage doors ( so ) that none might see them die nor hear their groans , and were found weeks afterwards, skeletons on their own hearth." .
John Mitchell (1825-1875), on the Famine (1845- 48). From 'The Jail Journal.'

"The Art of any country is the exponent of its social and political virtues."
John Ruskin, (1819-1900) Lecture at Oxford.


"A man cannot be too careful in the choice of his enemies"
Oscar Wilde ( 1854-1900 ). Dublin-born dramatist.