• Settling the Irish Question 115
    Settling the Irish Question 115
  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj Irish of or relating to or characteristic of Ireland or its people
    • n Irish the Celtic language of Ireland
    • n Irish whiskey made in Ireland chiefly from barley
    • n Irish people of Ireland or of Irish extraction
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Additional illustrations & photos:

The Irish Bull The Irish Bull
Antlers and Skull of Irish Elk Antlers and Skull of Irish Elk
Along a shoreline, Irish men sit on a log on which the words 'land bill' are written. They are pleading with Britannia to give them home rule Along a shoreline, Irish men sit on a log on which the words 'land bill' are written. They are pleading with...
Hybrid Tea. Irish Elegance Hybrid Tea. Irish Elegance
Single Hybrid Tea. IRISH GLORY Single Hybrid Tea. IRISH GLORY
Irish Terrier Irish Terrier

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Irish Wolfhound dogs have a short lifespan and live about 7-8 years
    • Irish An old game resembling backgammon.
    • a Irish Of or pertaining to Ireland or to its inhabitants; produced in Ireland.
    • Irish The language of the Irish; also called Irish Gaelic or the Hiberno-Celtic.
    • Irish The natives or inhabitants of Ireland, esp. the Celtic natives or their descendants.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Half of the 42 U.S. Presidents are of Irish descent
    • Irish Pertaining to Ireland, or to the people of Ireland, an island lying west of Great Britain and forming part of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland.
    • Irish Pertaining to the Celtic inhabitants (the Gaels) of Scotland; Erse.
    • Irish Irish embroidery of any sort.
    • n Irish plural The inhabitants of Ireland. The aboriginal Celtic race of Ireland. See Celt.
    • n Irish The language of the native Celtic race in Ireland. It is in age and philological value the most important language of the Celtic family, though its antiquity and importance have been much exaggerated by tradition and patriotism. The alphabet is an adaptation of the Latin. As heretofore printed, the letters, like the socalled Anglo-Saxon letters, are usually made to resemble a conventionalized form of the Latin alphabet in use in Britain in the early middle ages. Gaelic is a comparatively recent form of the Irish spoken by the Celts of Scotland. It differ but slightly from the Irish of the same age. Modern Irish is greatly corrupted in pronunciation, as compared with the Old Irish; but it retains in great part the old orthography. As a living speech it is fast going out of use.
    • n Irish English as spoken by natives of Ireland, with characteristic peculiarities (the “Irish brogue”). In an extreme form (“broad Irish”) English Irish has some Celtic features; but some peculiarities, for example baste, spake, for beast, speak, etc., are merely former English uses retained in Ireland but changed in England.
    • n Irish An old game similar to backgammon, but more complicated. Halliwell. Compare after game at Irish, under after-game.
    • n Irish Abbreviated Irish
    • Irish Wrathful; choleric.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Reserves from the Irish army were used as extras in the movie "Braveheart."
    • adj Irish ī′rish relating to or produced in Ireland
    • n Irish language of the Irish, a form of Celtic:
    • n Irish (pl.) the natives or inhabitants of Ireland
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  • Bob Geldof
    Bob Geldof
    “Irish Americans are no more Irish than Black Americans are Africans.”
  • Samuel Johnson
    “The Irish are a fair people: They never speak well of one another.”
  • Proverb
    “The Irish ignore anything they can't drink or punch.”
  • George Bernard Shaw
    “I showed my appreciation of my native land in the usual Irish way: by getting out of it as soon as I possibly could.”
  • Iris Murdoch
    “I think being a woman is like being Irish. Everyone says you're important and nice, but you take second place all the same.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
AS. īrisc, fr. īras, the Irish. Cf. Aryan Erse


In literature:

The Irish Command manoeuvres of 1913.
"The War in the Air; Vol. 1" by Walter Raleigh
Mike's was the day of Irish heroics.
"The Battle with the Slum" by Jacob A. Riis
Nancy had a big, Irish heart, and it swelled with indignation when Scotty was put up for execution.
"The Silver Maple" by Marian Keith
He had a way of speaking that sounded uncivil to ears attuned to the soft Irish accent and the wheedling tone.
"The Wild Geese" by Stanley John Weyman
To me so-called Irish wit is a curious combination not wholly dependent on humour, and frequently unconscious.
"The Confessions of a Caricaturist, Vol. 1 (of 2)" by Harry Furniss
He supposed that the later Irish leaders had inherited the traditions of Mitchel, O'Leary, Davitt and the others.
"The Red Hand of Ulster" by George A. Birmingham
It was Irish keening.
"The O'Ruddy" by Stephen Crane
The Irish nation was practically divided into a "Protestant garrison" and a pariah caste.
"Lippincott's Magazine, Vol. 20, August 1877" by Various
On the other hand, to choose an Irish deputy was to acquiesce in disorder, and to lend a kind of official sanction to it.
"History of England from the Fall of Wolsey to the Death of Elizabeth. Vol. II." by James Anthony Froude
In the event of an Irish Legislature Irish disagreements would bring them here again.
"Ireland as It Is" by Robert John Buckley (AKA R.J.B.)

In poetry:

But in Life’s stress and struggle,
We somehow, grew apart,
You know these Irish mothers,
'Tis “the childer” has their heart.
"Himself" by Alice Guerin Crist
You always read about it:
the plumber with the twelve children
who wins the Irish Sweepstakes.
From toilets to riches.
That story.
"Cinderella" by Anne Sexton
Bitter is the wind tonight.
It tosses the ocean's white hair.
Tonight I fear not the fierce warriors of Norway
Coursing on the Irish Sea.
"The Viking Terror" by Anonymous Irish
Where the wild sea-mew flocks and flees,
And neither winds nor skies beguile,
Foam-set amid the Irish seas
Is rugged Skellig Michael isle.
"The Way Of The Cross" by Clinton Scollard
They reach'd us here, we have them now,
And treasure them, both rich and poor;
And here's a green wreath for thy brow,
Of Irish shamrocks, Thomas Moore.
"Thomas Moore" by Thomas Frederick Young
Two shining eyes that ever gaze on me,
Haunting as some old Irish melody;
Two rosy lips that ever seem to press,
Right thro' my dreams, on mine their own caress.
"To...." by John William Streets

In news:

Boston Irish Rowing Club facing west on the banks of the Hudson after winning the NACA Championship.
Q&A with Irish multi-instrumentalist Seamus Egan.
Fred de Sam Lazaro revisits a story he reported 10 years ago about an Irish Catholic nun who is a school principal in Calcutta, India.
Dark Chocolate Irish Cream Brownies.
Hennessey's Tavern offers a wee bit o' Irish spirit each day of the week .
Luck of the Irish coffee.
Irish cookies ( February 16, 2011 ).
The host Lady Irish defeated McNamara 25-22, 25-23.
"You can walk into half the Irish pubs in New York City and see that they're built out of deconstructed old barns," says Bill Polyn, a builder in New York City.
John Connolly and Declan Burke, Irish practitioners of the game, recruited 116 of their peers to write about the books that inspired their careers.
The Irish music "session" – regularly connected with the great pubs of Ireland and the wild beauty of the west of Ireland – is now set to take a new path on American airwaves.
Miners' Dever to play for Irish.
On western Ireland's remote and rugged peninsula, traditional Irish culture thrives in a land where musicians converge on pubs and a whiff of peat scents the air.
Bama, Oregon, K-State, irish rise to top of AP poll.
A storyteller from Columbus is to bring to life Irish tales during a program in Tiffin next wee.

In science:

Martinez, Simplicity of Jordan Superalgebras and Relation with Lie structures, Irish Math.
Simple decompositions of simple special Jordan superalgebras
Dorlas, Probabilistic derivation of a noncommutative version of Varadhan’s Theorem, to appear Proceedings of the Royal Irish Academy, (2006).
Asymptotic Feynman-Kac formulae for large symmetrised systems of random walks
These have remarkable similarities to porous ones in retrieved Irish orebodies, shown in Fig.3, which had originally inspired the idea that the first compartments involved in the emergence of life were of comparable structure (see Russell and Hall 1997a; Russell 2007).
Magnetism, FeS colloids, and Origins of Life
Mathieu, Spectral ly bounded operators on simple C*-algebras, II, Irish Math.
Spectral isometries on non-simple C*-algebras
McMaster, “Total negation in general topology,” Irish Math.
A Survey of Ultraproduct Constructions in General Topology