Oscar Wilde New York is my Lourdes where I go for spiritual refreshment...a place where you are least likely to be bitten by a wild goat. Will Rogers An Irishman will always soften bad news, so that a major coronary is no more than 'a bad turn' and a near hurricane that leaves thousands homeless is 'good drying weather'.
Brendan Behan "All money is tainted, tain't none of it mine." Thomas Francis Mc Guire This was sent in by one of our readers, Rosemary Nagy. Hugh Leonard A man who moralizes is usually a hypocrite, and a woman who moralizes is usually plain.
Spike Milligan Samuel Johnson once said "the Irish are a fair people, they never speak well of one another." So, naturally, Brendan Behan, that bad boy of Irish literature, had the Irish insult down to a fine art: "If it was raining soup, the Irish would go out with forks." Bigamy is having one wife too many. Oscar Wilde Ireland remains a deeply religious country, with the two main denominations being "us" and "them".
In the unlikely event you are asked which group you belong to, the correct answer is:"I'm an atheist, thank God".
When I was fifteen I knew the principal industries of the Ruhr Valley, the underlying causes of World War One and what Peig Sayers had for her dinner every day...
What I wanted to know when I was fifteen was the best way to chat up girls. From the Secret World of the Irish Male by Joseph O'Connor If you cannot get rid of the family skeleton, you may as well make it dance.
It is Ireland's sacred duty to send over, every few years, a playwright to save the English theatre from inarticulate glumness.