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November 8, 2018

THE SASH May 6th 2008


The Weekly Online Newsletter of Sarsfields GAA Club.

GAA Expresses Concern About Players’ Creatine Use


The use of creatine by GAA players is set to come under the microscope
in the next year as the GAA, along with the Irish Sports Council, look
to monitor the use of the controversial substance by its members.

Dr Pat Duggan, chairman of the GAA’s Medical, Scientific and Welfare
Committee, conceded that while it was his belief that the use of
creatine by GAA players was ‘not that prevalent’, he said that his
committee would be addressing the issue over the next year.

‘Currently, the Irish Sports Council are looking at the whole area and
we did not want to pre-empt that,’ said Duggan.

‘My own feeling is that whatever about the legality or otherwise of
creatine, no medical person could ever recommend children under 18 years
of age ever dabbling in it.’

The former Dublin team doctor stressed that in the wider sports
spectrum, the use of creatine by underage athletes is a major problem.

‘Without a shadow of doubt there is a problem with children under 18
taking creatine, not necessarily within the GAA.

‘But, to me, it is a crying shame that creatine is available in outlets
and various gyms, so that vulnerable kids have ready access to it.

‘We don’t know if creatine does any harm, but for sure it shouldn’t be
used by kids under 18.

‘I don’t believe it is a big issue with the under-18s within the GAA,
but if it’s being used by a group in society then it’s not unreasonable
to expect that if the rugby players are using it, the GAA players are
going to start using it at under-age level.’

Duggan was speaking at the launch of four reports by his committee,
including a new eight-page pocket sized ‘Player Welfare Booklet’ aimed
at both club and inter-county players.

Sligo team doctor and member of the committee, Dr Joe Gillespie,
emphasised the importance of the document.

‘We wanted something that would be easy to use and fit into a kit bag.
That would be easy to understand and that the information contained
within it would be quality information,’ he said.

‘It looks simple but a lot of thought went into it to ensure the
information was accurate and good quality and evidence based.’

Crowley outlined some of the topics contained in the document.

‘We tried to cover multiple topics including what to do at the time of
an emergency, we looked at the prevention and treatment of injuries and
we looked at the specific injuries of concussion also.
‘There’s a copy of our cardiac screening questionnaire also, which is a
pre-screening questionnaire and that’s quite topical. There’s a section
about drug taking and drug testing. There are also two articles on
hydration and nutrition.’

Amongst those to contribute to the publication were DCU Sports Science
Professor and GAA coach Dr Niall Moyna and Dr Tadhg Crowley, who is the
Kilkenny senior hurling team doctor.

The Cats were one of nine teams last year to take part in a pilot study
in the development of a Player Injury Database, with the hurlers of
Antrim and Offaly also taking part.

The Cork footballers and hurlers also took part in the project as did
the footballers of Armagh, Cavan, Dublin and Sligo.

The project, co-ordinated by UCD School of Physiotherapy and Performance
Science lecturer John C Murphy MISCP, is fully funded by the GAA.

‘This is an innovative, ambitious and forward thinking initiative by the
GAA. This is a huge thing for an amateur organisation to take on board
and begin,’ Murphy said.
‘It involves getting the medical doctors and team physios to give
information on injuries on a very regular period. The aims of the
project were to record all injuries sustained by participating teams.’

The report confirmed that hurlers are more injury prone than their
football counterparts.On a weekly average, although 2.4 new injuries are expected in a football squad of 32 players as opposed to hurlers recording two new
injuries a week, hurlers are more prone to injury recurrences.
‘One in every 6.6 injuries in hurling was a recurrent injury but one in
every 4.2 injuries in Gaelic football was a recurrent injury,’ according
to the report.
GAA players are more prone to hamstring injuries than their Aussie Rules
counterparts. Just 19% of AFL players’ injuries were due to torn
hamstrings in 2006, with 24% of hurlers pulling their hamstring as
opposed to 23% of footballers.

Although club teams have not been considered for the study, Murphy
believes that the provision of an annual report of injuries will be
beneficial to all as both an educational and injury prevention tool.

The project is being rolled out to include five more teams this year
with the footballers of Down, Tyrone and Kerry to come on board along
with the hurlers of Dublin and Tipperary.



GAA pours cold water on ice bath treatments

THERE’S no scientific evidence to support the use of ice baths as an aid
to recovery, according to a top GAA medical committee.

The Association’s Medical and Scientific Committee has reported on
results of a pilot study on injury data, with leading physiotherapist
John Murphy stressing: ‘The point we are trying to make is that if you
get injured, you are injured, and some of those things won’t help you to
repair the injury,” he said.

Agreeing, Dr Jim Gillespie, who is the Sligo team doctor, said that
while ice baths might arrest bleeding, he didn’t believe that they aided
recovery ‘or a rapid recovery’.

Committee chairman Dr Pat Duggan said that in response to player demands
‘from ice packs to cryotherapy and all this kind of nonsense’, there
wasn’t a shred of evidence from a scientific point of view to support
their use. In his view, it was time from a GAA perspective that such
demands should be resisted.

Dr Duggan, the ex-Dublin team doctor, had some interesting comments to
make on the inherent dangers of food supplements and on the potential
risk of young GAA players failing drugs tests. He pointed out that it
was FIFA who first highlighted the risks associated with buying
supplements, 20% being contaminated by steroids.

With Dr Gillespie commenting that the use of creatine was ‘not that
prevalent’ in GAA circles, Dr Duggan said that the committee will be
addressing this issue over the next year.

‘Currently, the Irish Sports Council are looking at the whole area and
we did not want to pre-empt that. My own feeling is that whatever about
the legality or otherwise of creatine, no medical person could ever
recommend children under 18 years of age ever dabbling in it.

‘And without a shadow of doubt there is a problem with children under 18
taking creatine, not necessarily within the GAA. But, to me it is a
crying shame that creatine is available in outlets and various gyms, so
that vulnerable kids have ready access to it.

‘We don’t know if creatine does any harm, but for sure it shouldn’t be
used by kids under 18. I don’t believe it is a big issue with the
under-18’s within the GAA, but if it’s being used by a group in society
then it’s not unreasonable to expect that if the rugby jocks are using
it, the GAA players are going to start using it at under-age level.’

He was also asked about the possibility of young GAA players failing
drug tests through use of recreational drugs. However, he pointed out
that this would come under a ‘different category to steroids’.
‘Certainly inter-county athletes need to be very careful about their use
of recreational drugs.”

At a more general level, Dr Duggan said he wasn’t surprised that a GAA
player had yet to test positive for the use of steroids, since testing
was first introduced about five years. ‘Anecdotally as somebody who
would have been involved at various levels for many years, I would never
have had any suspicion that there was a huge involvement, certainly in
steroid taking.

‘At inter-county level the level of awareness among the players of the
dangers of over-the-counter drugs would be very strong. Most educated
players would realise that it’s potentially lethal. The issue is a
contamination of supplements.

‘In athletics you’re talking about individuals who may not have as
direct a relationship with medics, but every group of inter-county lads
will have a team doctor and a team physiotherapist, both of whom can
hammer home this message. We’ve been very aware of the dangers right
from the very start.”

John Murphy outlined the results of the pilot study of a GAA national
injury database, conducted through five inter-county football and four
hurling teams – whereby all injuries and treatments were recorded by the
medical and physiotherapy teams of the participating counties and
submitted on a weekly basis.

It revealed, for instance that hamstrings are the most common injury
(23% in football and 24% in hurling) and that in squads of 32,
management could expect 2.4 and 2 new injuries, respectively, per week.

Other key findings are that one in every 6.6 injuries in hurling and one
in every 4.2 in football was a recurrent injury, with the hamstring
recurrence rate 26% in hurling and 38% for football.

Agreeing that the limiting of recurrent injuries represented a major
challenge, he said that what was called for was a more ‘conservative
approach’ to a return to sport, post-injury.

‘One of the reasons we would have a large recurrence rate and hamstrings
specifically is that players expose themselves too quickly in returning
to sport,” he commented.

Mayo team doctor Sean Moffat released a position statement on concussion
in Gaelic games, commenting that it was ‘poorly understood and poorly

He pointed out that concussion was the most common form of head injury.
And warned that further injures sustained by players suffering from
concussion can be very serious and could cause long-term damage.

Dr Duggan also presented a report on cardiac screening, which showed
that the incidence of sudden cardiac deaths in people who compete in
sport while under the age of 35 was rare, but that the risk for
over-35’s was 40 times greater.

Underage Referees

An underage referees course will take place in Naas GAA tomorrow night 7th May as
 7:30pm.The course should last approximately 2 hours and all who complete the
 course will be eligible to referees up to and including u13 age groups.

RTÉ launches Championship Coverage

RTÉ Sport has revealed details of its comprehensive GAA Championship 2008
coverage across RTÉ Television, RTÉ Radio and RTÉ.ie at a launch in

The Sunday Game will celebrate its 30th year with a number of new innovations, while RTÉ Radio will provide live and exclusive coverage of the Champ
ionship. RTÉ.ie will add a dedicated web channel to its highly successful
GAA site.

Michael Lyster will present The Sunday Game for a 25th season, while Pat Spillane returns for highlights and analysis every Sunday night throughout the Championship.

Broadcasting up to 40 live games, The Sunday Game will be further strengthened by three new panellists.

Joining the team will be former Clare hurling goalkeeper Davy Fitzgerald, former Wexford hurler Declan Ruth, former Dublin football captain Coman Goggins.

RTÉ’s flagship GAA programme will continue to innovate, with brand new results and analysis features as well as the provision of a dedicated match centre in RTÉ.

This year’s Sunday Game programme will see the introduction of a brand new
state-of the-art analysis tool known as ‘PIERO’.

Specially adapted for Gaelic Games and exclusive to The Sunday Game, new features will include player tracking, distance to posts and speed of the ball.

Joanne Cantwell will join Pat Spillane each Sunday night for a new in-depth
analysis segment and, in a brand new feature of The Sunday Game Live, Joanne Cantwell will also be providing the latest news, views and results live
from the GAA match centre in RTÉ.

Also new for this year’s Championship is a brand new dedicated web channel
on RTÉ.ie.

The GAA Media Player will be the hub for fans, with the latest video and audio content on all things Championship.

The site will feature all of RTÉ’s GAA output, including live coverage, highlights, news, interviews and features from across RTÉ Television, RTÉ Radio and RTÉ News.

The Sunday Game, Take Your Point and The Road To Croker are just some of the programmes that will be available on demand.

The GAA Media Player will be part of RTÉ.ie’s dedicated GAA Championship
site, which last year received six million page impressions.

The site will continue to feature expert analysis, live text match-trackers, exclusive podcast material, picture galleries, Championship schedules and
interactive features, as well as news, previews and match reports.

RTÉ Radio 1 will provide the most comprehensive national radio coverage of the Championships.

The renowned team of Micheál Ó Muircheartaigh, Brian Carthy, Adrian Eames, John Kenny, Pauric Lodge, Siobhan Madigan, Martin Kiely and Clem Ryan will provide commentaries and reports on all of the Championship action.

Sunday Sport, presented by Jimmy Magee for the last 30 years, will be the flagship radio programme for the Championship, with additional programmes being broadcast on Saturday evenings for the qualifiers.

Take Your Point with Con Murphy will return on Sunday, 1 June at 6.05pm for
analysis and reaction to the afternoon’s games.

During the week, Drivetime Sport with Des Cahill at 6.30pm will follow all
the breaking stories, while this year Brian Carthy’s Championship programme
will be featured each week in the early part of Saturday Sport.

On RTÉ News, Jonathan Mullin, RTÉ’s new Gaelic Games correspondent will
provide reports on all the latest championship developments and breaking n
ews stories.

Group Head of Sport Glen Killane said: ‘It’s a testament to RTÉ’s GAA coverage that
The Sunday Game continues to go from strength-to-strength 30 years on and that RTÉ Radio’s team are so widely respected and synonymous with GAA throughout the country.

‘While the public recognise RTÉ’s proud tradition of Gaelic Games broadcasting, they have also enjoyed and engaged with our more recent initiatives.

‘The Road To Croker and Take Your Point will both return this season after
successful runs last year and we’ve had phenomenal response to our dedicate
d Championship site on RTÉ.ie which last year received six million page impressions.

‘Our 2008 Championship coverage will include several new features, from our
dedicated web channel on RTÉ.ie to our enhanced analysis features on The
Sunday Game.

On RTE: The Sunday Game Live Fixtures

May 11 Longford v Westmeath
May 18 Kildare v Wicklow / Galway v Roscommon
May 25 Offaly v Laois / Fermanagh v Monaghan
May 31 Kildare/Wicklow v Laois
June 1 Donegal v Derry
June 7 Longford/Westmeath v Offaly
June 8 Cork v Tipperary
June 14 Dublin/Westmeath v Wexford
June 15 Offaly/Laois v Kilkenny, Galway/Roscommon v New York/Leitrim
June 21 Fermanagh/Monaghan v Donegal/Derry
June 22 Limerick v Clare/Waterford
June 29 Tyrone/Down v Armagh/Antrim/Cavan
July 6 Munster Senior Football Championship Final
July 12 All Ireland Qualifiers
July 13 Munster Senior Hurling Championship Final
July 19 All Ireland Qualifiers
July 20 Leinster Senior Football Championship Final
July 26 All Ireland Qualifiers
July 27 All Ireland Senior Hurling Championship Quarter-Finals
Aug 2/3/4 All Ireland Qualifiers
Aug 9 All Ireland Senior Football Championship Quarter-Finals
Aug 10 All Ireland Senior Hurling Championship and Minor Hurling
Championship Semi-Finals
Aug 17 All Ireland Senior Hurling Championship and Minor Hurling
Championship Semi-Finals
Aug 24 All Ireland Senior Football Championship and Minor Football
Championship Semi-Finals
Aug 31 All Ireland Senior Football Championship and Minor Football
Championship Semi-Finals
Sept 7 All Ireland Senior Hurling Championship and Minor Hurling
Championship Finals
Sept 14 All Ireland Senior Camogie Final
Sept 21 All Ireland Senior Football Championship and Minor Football
Championship Finals






Another Summer of Sam
2008 GAA All-Ireland Football Championship is Launched

Croke Park, Tuesday 29th April: Captains from the eight provincial

finalists in last years Football Championship were in Croke Park today at
the official launch of this years GAA All-Ireland Football Championship,
the first championship under the new multi-sponsor model introduced by the
GAA. Action on the pitch gets underway on the 11th May, with the meeting of New
York and Leitrim in the Connacht Championship, and Longford and Westmeath,
in the Leinster Football Championship. Croke Park will host it’s
 first championship action of 2008 on May 18th, with the Leinster Football

Championship double-bill of Kildare v Wicklow and Meath v Carlow. Reigning

Sam Maguire Cup holders, Kerry, commence their campaign on June 8th when

they welcome Waterford or Clare to Killarney. As well as the eight current captains, four legends of the game and
All-Ireland winners over the past four decades were in Croke Park for thelaunch. Ray Silke, Galway captain in 1998 was joined by Meath great,Bernard Flynn, All-Ireland winner in 1988, the legendary Jack O’Shea who
won the first of his seven titles with Kerry in 1978 and Sean O’
Neill, who won his third medal for Down in 1968, were presented with framed
photographs from the relevant championship year from the GAA and the three

sponsors. President Nickey Brennan officially welcomed the new sponsors on board, she looked forward to another competitive Championship: We are delighted to have Toyota, Ulster Bank and Vodafone as our sponsors
for the GAA Football Championship. They share our passion and commitment to
the game, and we know our combined support for the championship will further enhance the profile of the game. We are delighted that sponsors of this stature are prepared to work with us in supporting our games.
 Action commences in less than two weeks time and we are alllooking
forward to a tremendous summer, culminating in the final of the All Ireland
Football Championship on September 21 in Croke Park. I am certain that we
will have a particularly competitive series of games with a number ofcounties emerging to challenge Kerry as they bid for their third SamMaguire Cup in a row. Continuing Mr. Brennan also made reference to the GAA own promotional and
advertising support plans for the Championship  
We will continue to use our very successful GAA Unrivalled campaign in our
promotion of the GAA All Ireland Football Championship, with a

comprehensive advertising, PR and promotional drive throughout the duration

of the championship, in tandem with the promotional activities of our threesponsors

Dave Shannon, Chief Executive, Toyota Ireland commented;
Toyota Ireland is looking forward to enhancing our long standing

association with the GAA this year as one of the official sponsors of the

Senior Football Championship.

Throughout our affiliation we have always sought to promote and assist the

GAA with our support, and look forward to playing our part in ensuring the

Football Championship remains at the forefront of Irish Sporting life

Cormac McCarthy, Chief Executive, Ulster Bank Group said; We have supported the GAA on a variety of levels over the last number of
years and we are delighted to be involved in one of the most sought after

sports sponsorships in Ireland, the All Ireland Senior Football
Championship. This new deal brings us to a completely different level in

sports sponsorship.He continued; We have made no secret of our ambition to be the number one bank on the island of Ireland and we feel that the sponsorship of the GAA

football Championship is consistent with that ambition. We look forward to

making the 2008 GAA Football Championships a great success.

Vodafone Ireland Chief Executive Charles Butterworth said;
‘Vodafone has been proud to sponsor the GAA All Stars for the past 11
years. It has been a fantastic privilege to meet the players and their
families every month and recognise their amazing achievements.

We believe our close working relationship to date has been beneficial for
both the GAA and Vodafone Ireland. The GAA Football Championship is across
the country a key part of the lives of the many families, including those
of the players and we look forward to continuing to recognise excellence in
this new partnership. ‘



All-Ireland nostalgia features in GAA Museum events

The GAA Museum is pleased to announce the publication of the latest
edition of its Calendar of Events. This Calendar covers the period from
May to August inclusive and contains information on a whole host of
special events for all the family. Highlights for the month of May
include a special photographic tutorial with renowned Podge Kelly, a
children’s art workshop and three special Bealtaine Festival events.

Thursday 8th May, 19.00
The FUJIFILM Digital Camera Experience with Podge Kelly
This special camera tutorial, hosted by acclaimed Irish Photographer
Podge Kelly, aims to show you how to take the best photographs in all
lighting conditions. Whether you’re new to digital photography or a
seasoned pro come along and talk to Podge.

Saturday 10th May, 14.00 – 16.00
All Stars Art Attack- Fan Tastic!
Are you a true GAA fan? If so why not get creative and show your support
for your team by designing and making your very own flag.

Wednesday 7th May & 14th May, 13.30
Bealtaine Festival- A Stroll Down Memory Lane
The GAA Museum invites you to take a stroll down memory lane on a
special tour of Croke Park reliving the excitement of past All-Ireland
glories with tour guide Annette Coyle.

Wednesday 21st May, 14.00- 16.00
Bealtaine Festival- Remember When…
Share your GAA memories in a special reminiscence workshop with
Education Officer Selina O’Regan. Also the GAA Museum Archivist will be
on hand to give some advice on how best to look after your treasured GAA
photographs or medals.

Further information and booking:
Further information available from Selina O’ Regan
Education Officer at the GAA Museum Tel (01) 8192361/8192323
Email or visit



GAA face suspension loophole headache

By Colm Keys

 GAA officials are concerned that the potential loophole exposed by Meath
in their challenge to the five two-month suspensions handed down to
their players in the wake of the Parnell Park melee could make future
investigations much more difficult to conduct.

The five Meath players, who are appealing the suspensions against them,
had their hearings on Tuesday night when Meath pointed out, prior to
business, that the Wexford official who sat on the investigating
committee could be viewed as having a vested interest in the case.

Meath play Carlow in the first round of the Leinster championship in
just over two weeks’ time but if they win that they will face Wexford
two weeks later.

Therefore the oversight in having a Wexford official putting a case
together against Meath players and imposing suspensions that fall within
the timeframe of a potential game against Wexford could be seen as
problematic. As a result, it has the potential to bring down the
suspensions of the five Meath players.

If that happens it would be a serious setback to the CCCC and to GAA
President Nickey Brennan, who delivered a hardline rebuke against those
involved in the melee.

The relevant rule 144 (u) states that ‘a member of the CCC or CHC who is
a member of any unit or has a role in relation to any member, team or
unit, involved in the proceedings shall stand down if prosecuting or
adjudicating the case’.

The Central Appeals Committee could meet early next week to hear the
Meath appeals and that of Dublin’s Bernard Brogan, who has indicated
that he is pressing ahead without his colleagues.


Sarsfields Fixtures for the coming week


SFL Division 3 Wednesday 7th May Sarsfields V Ballykelly Sarsfields Park at 7pm

SFL Division Saturday 10th May Sarsfields V Round Towers Sarsfields Park at 7pm.

SFL Division 3 Saturday 10th May at 5pm Sarsfields v Cappagh in Cappagh


Sarsfields Book Launch

On Friday 9th May at 8.30pm in the clubhouse the book launch of Sarsfields history will take place.  Music and refreshments provided. All members are invited to attend. Non members welcome.


GAA & Other Quotes


 Eamon Dunphy On Liam Brady (After Ireland lost a two goal lead against Holland in 1983):
‘He is often looked on as a great player. He is nothing of the kind. His performance on Wednesday was a disgrace, a monument to conceit adorned with vanity and self-indulgence, rendered all the more objectionable by the swagger of his gait. He was deemed by many observers to have had a splendid game.’

On Niall Quinn:
‘I’m not gonna address the Niall Quinn agenda, Niall Quinn is a creep’
‘The man’s an idiot, a Mother Theresa’

On Barcelona:
‘After watching Watford against Manchester last night that was like a bubble bath. It was beautiful


Let’s talk about cricket. It is the world’s most mysterious game, and the world’s slowest. The commentators speak a language that appears to be English except that all the nouns mean something else. There is aimless running about in a way that makes baseball seem dangerously athletic… Leg before wicket! Well-bowled! Bowling is what they call pitching; the ‘pitch’, on the other hand, is the actual field.
        – Jon Carroll, an American stranded in London, ‘San Francisco Chronicle’

‘It goes to show that Dermot MacMurrough was wrong to invite Strongbow in in 1171 or whatever it was.’
        – George Hook, after Ireland beat rugby world champions England in Twickenham (2004)

‘If someone starts talking about pride today I’m going to vomit… The Apache nation had pride and look where they are. The bushmen of Kalahari have pride and look where they are.’
        – George Hook, ahead of Ireland v France (Feb’08)

 ‘Colin Corkery on the 45 lets go with the right boot. It’s over the bar. This man shouldn’t be playing football. He’s made an almost Lazarus-like recovery from a heart condition. Lazarus was a great man, but he couldn’t kick points like Colin Corkery.’

‘Pat Fox has it on his hurley and is motoring well now. But here comes Joe Rabbitte hot on his tail. I’ve seen it all now – a Rabbitte chasing a Fox around Croke Park!’

‘In the first half they played with the wind. In the second half they played with the ball.’

        – Micheal O’ Muircheartaigh








The boss called one of his employees into the office.  ‘Rob,’ he

said, ‘you’ve been with the company for a year. You started off

in the post room, one week later you were promoted to a sales

position, and one month after that you were promoted to district

manager of the sales department. Just four short months later,

you were promoted to vice- chairman. Now it’s time for me to

retire, and I want you to take over the company. What do you

say to that?’


‘Thanks,’ said the employee.


‘Thanks?’ the boss replied.a ‘Is that all you can say?’


‘I suppose not,’ the employee said. ‘Thanks, Dad.’



Graduate Sweeper

A young man, hired by a supermarket, reported for his first day

of work. The manager greeted him with a warm handshake and

a smile, gave him a broom and said, ‘Your first job will be to

sweep out the store.’


‘But I’m a college graduate.’ the young man replied indignantly.


‘Oh, I’m sorry. I didn’t know that,’ said the manager. ‘Here, give

me the broom, I’ll show you how.’



A Run in the Woods

Two men were walking through the woods when a large bear

walked out into the clearing no more than 50 feet in front of them.

The first man dropped his backpack and dug out a pair of running

shoes, then began to furiously attempt to lace them up as the bear

slowly approached them. The second man looked at the first,

confused, and said, ‘What are you doing? Running shoes aren’t

going to help, you can’t outrun that bear.’ ‘I don’t need to,’ said

the first man, ‘I just need to outrun you.’


Quotations about Ireland and being Irish


This is one race of people for whom psychoanalysis is of no use whatsoever.
         Sigmund Freud (about the Irish)

Ireland is rich in literature that understands a soul’s yearnings, and dancing that understands a happy heart.
         Margaret Jackson

The English language brings out the best in the Irish. They court it like a beautiful woman. They make it bray with donkey laughter. They hurl it at the sky like a paint pot full of rainbows, and then make it chant a dirge for man’s fate and man’s follies that is as mournful as misty spring rain crying over the fallow earth.
         T E Kalem


Only Irish coffee provides in a single glass all four essential food groups: alcohol, caffeine, sugar, and fat.
         Alex Levine

O Ireland isn’t it grand you look–
Like a bride in her rich adornin?
And with all the pent-up love of my heart
I bid you the top o’ the mornin!
         John Locke ‘The Exile’s Return’

Maybe it’s bred in the bone, but the sound of pipes is a little bit of heaven to some of us.
         Nancy O’Keeefe

In Ireland the inevitable never happens and the unexpected constantly occurs.
         Sir John Pentland Mahaffy

I’m troubled, I’m dissatisfied. I’m Irish.
         Marianne Moore ‘Spenser’s Ireland’

On she went, and her maiden smile
In safety lighted her round the Green Isle;
And blest forever was she who relied
Upon Erin’s honor and Erin’s pride.
         Thomas Moore

There is no language like the Irish for soothing and quieting.
         John Millington Synge













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