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Irishman’s Daily News March 31 2009

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Breaking News: American Patronises Ireland

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From a letter from a reader of Andrew Sullivan’s blog today:

As an American living in Ireland for the last 7 1/2 years (I married an Englishman from London who wanted to move here to take advantage of the “Celtic Tiger” economy), I can tell you it’s been a real roller-coaster ride.

The main reason for the Irish economy having shrunk to the degree it has is construction. It was 40% of GDP, and it has evaporated, seemingly overnight. The government in power for the last 12 years is Fianna Fáil (roughly translated into English from Irish as “Soldiers of Fortune”); it has been in power, on and off, for 59 years since 1932. Fianna Fáil is, among other things, in bed with developers who grew extremely wealthy on the back of the huge construction bubble.

Ireland is bereft, bewildered, and in a current governmental vacuum where no one seems to be able to fix the problem as they are all in hock to one another. May God help this little country, of which we have grown fond but where we can no longer remain.

I don’t think God is going to do us much good to be honest, although at this point maybe all we really have to fall back on is our Good Catholic Faith.

What people don’t realise is that the Irish LOVE being poor. We’ve been oppressed and in poverty for 800 years – we just sort of forgot that we were supposed to be poor in the last 15.

But think of all the opportunities we Irish have again now – to moan, to complain about having no money, to go back to drinking the cheaper black stuff rather than newfangled beers like ‘Carlsberg’. This is the opportunity my generation has always longed for! The Celtic Tiger forced us to drink cappucinos and eat nouveau cuisine just to stay hip. But from here on it’s potatoes and buttermilk all the way.

This isn’t a recession – it’s a cultural revival.

This great sporting nation

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In all the hullabaloo about the ‘rugby’ and ‘boxing’ last weekend, the truly great demonstration of Ireland’s sporting prowess has received little attention.

We are systematically defeating the entire Middle East at the greatest game on earth – cricket, ladies and gentlemen!

Irishman’s Daily News March 30 2009

Posted in The Origin Stuff by everydayirishman on March 30, 2009

Translating Irish Terms #1

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QBCs – Quality Bus Corridors = bus lanes

GrafittiMeter – entertaining grafitti from toilets around the country #1

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Nietzsche: God is dead.

God: So is Nietzsche.

 – Trinity College Dublin (even the grafitti artists are wannabe intellectuals)

The Worst Jokes Ever Heard #1

Posted in The Origin Stuff by everydayirishman on March 30, 2009

What time does Roger Federer go to bed at?

Tennish.

(Heard on Dublin radio – I shall not mention the station)

Five words to start it all

Posted in The Origin Stuff by everydayirishman on March 29, 2009

This is only the beginning.