St Patrick's Day Special: When you think of Ireland......

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  1. Hello.there macrumors 6502a

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    Evening all. St Patrick's Day approaches, the one day of the year you really don't want to be in Ireland.

    Any way, if Second Life can mark St Patrick's Day, so can you.

    So, if your life depended on it and you had to answer these questions, what would your answers be?

    1 Name the first five Irish people who enter your head (no, not your cousin from Galway, I mean well known people).

    2 Name the first five places/towns/cities in Ireland that enter your head.

    3 If you were forced at gunpoint to say the first five words (any words at all) that came in to your head when you thought of Ireland what would they be?

    4 If you have any negative thoughts about Ireland what's the main one?

    5 If you have any positive thoughts about Ireland what's the main one?

    Go raibh míle maith agat, thank you :) Y'all have a nice St Patrick's Day, you hear?
     
  2. dmr727 macrumors G3

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    1. Hmmmm...Bono from U2. That Leprechaun from my Lucky Charms cereal. The crazy Irish dude from Braveheart. Colin Ferrell. And ummm...Sinead O'Connor?

    2. Dublin, Newcastle, Hillsborough...awww crap. I'm a dumb American. Isn't Limerick a city there? :)

    3. Beer. Green. Notre Dame. Leprechauns. Potato Famine.

    4. They drink a lot.

    5. They drink a lot.
     
  3. Hello.there thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Excellent, thank you kind sir! :)

    (wacky place choices.....Newcastle is better known as a city in the north-east of England, but there are indeed a few smaller Newcastles in Ireland. Hillsborough is an interesting choice too - the home of Northern Ireland's parliament. And you're spot on, Limerick is an Irish city).

    ;)
     
  4. riscy macrumors 6502a

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    1 Name the first five Irish people who enter your head (no, not your cousin from Galway, I mean well known people).

    James Joyce
    Oscar Wilde
    Jonathon Swift
    Liam Neeson
    van Morrison


    2 Name the first five places/towns/cities in Ireland that enter your head.

    Derry
    Giant's Causeway
    Bellshaft (Belfast)
    Lavery's (pub)
    The Crown (pub)

    3 If you were forced at gunpoint to say the first five words (any words at all) that came in to your head when you thought of Ireland what would they be?

    green
    wet
    rain
    great
    craic

    4 If you have any negative thoughts about Ireland what's the main one?

    the troubles

    5 If you have any positive thoughts about Ireland what's the main one?

    the people
     
  5. dmr727 macrumors G3

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    No problem! I have a buddy that has some family history in Newcastle. That's why it was on the list. And I forgot to mention a couple of favorite things from Ireland - bangers and mash and Guinness! I've never been to Ireland so I'm not sure if bangers and mash is an authentic dish, but it's awesome at the Irish joints I've been to in the States. :)
     
  6. Hello.there thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Thank you! You have to have northern Irish connections?! Anyone who mentions the legend that is Van Morrison gets bonus points - thanks again.
     
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    I didn't realize Van Morrison was from Ireland. Wow - that's bigger than U2, IMO...
     
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    Jeez, now you've made me hungry for bangers and mash :(

    Not really sure, I kind of associate bangers and mash more with England, but they're pretty darn popular in Ireland too - especially with me :)

    Yep, Van the Man is from Belfast - and now, while eating my bangers and mash, I have an overwhelming desire to listen to some Van, eg the very great Madam George :)
     
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    Listening to some Morrison while eating some bangers and mash...now that's living!
     
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    Name the first five Irish people who enter your head (no, not your cousin from Galway, I mean well known people).

    George Berkeley
    Michael Collins
    Mary McAleese
    Tom Parlon
    Bono from U2

    Name the first five places/towns/cities in Ireland that enter your head.

    Dublin
    Belfast
    Cork
    Limerick
    Derry

    If you were forced at gunpoint to say the first five words (any words at all) that came in to your head when you thought of Ireland what would they be?

    1. Capitalism
    2. Home Rule
    3. Genetics (http://scientific-child-prodigy.blogspot.com/2007/10/irish-roots-go-deep-into-history.html
    4. EU Success Story
    5. Inflation

    If you have any negative thoughts about Ireland what's the main one?

    I am under the impression that England's, rather sudden, appreciation of vacuity and brutality has more than begun to take place in Ireland? I have not been to Ireland, so I wouldn't know, however.

    If you have any positive thoughts about Ireland what's the main one?

    Through the Irish's implementation of capitalist policies, they have managed to give their quaint island near the top of the world a sheen that outshines even the brightest countries of Europe (that luck of their's probably helped too!).
     
  11. Hello.there thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Good Lord - that's a diverse bunch that entered your head! Philosophers, poets, presidents, patriots and, eh, Bono! Very interesting, thank you!

    Wow! Have to say, never anticipated genetics making anyone's list!

    I'd never be so unkind as to comment on our neighbour's difficulties, but yes....our recently found wealth has indeed led to an upsurge in vacuity and brutality. :(

    Ssssh....capitalism is still, generally, a filthy word in Ireland, even our most capitalist of political parties are too ashamed to admit they are of that hue.
     
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    Indeedy, lived there until I was in my early 20s - Derry and the Shaft. Glad to know that "the man" is still rated by a few people.
     
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    From Derry to Kazakhstan :))) - that's one wacky life journey you're on!
     
  14. riscy macrumors 6502a

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    It's a long and whacky journey, ready??

    Derry>France>China>Kuwait>Korea> Bangladesh>Dubai>Kazakhstan :)

    These are not visits/holidays but places I have lived.

     
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    Sorry hadn't read the thread correctly .. dohhh
     
  16. Hello.there thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    :eek: Your air miles must be up to the millions!

    That's what drink does to you Fr Jack :)
     
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    Yes from Belfast. I know several musicians who know him well .. they all say the same thing, he's a grumpy git .... :mad:

    DRINK .. GIRLS .. AR*E etc.etc. .. :):)
     
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    I have never seen him myself, but some friends have and they were not as polite as Father Jack - described Van the Man as "a miserable c**t" - their words not mine !! But they said the concerts were amazing - go figure!

     
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    That sounds about right ... ;)
    I can think of a few more words that would also describe this particular gentleman .. :eek:

    ps
    I heard of a fan who spotted him a in a cafe and asked for his autograph .... he was told quote
    "FU*K OFF"
    Not a very nice way to treat a fan.
     
  20. Hello.there thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    That sounds about right! I've seen him a few times in concert and he's always been incredibly cranky with his band, snapping and growling at them the whole way through! But it seems like they're happy enough to put up with it, he is after all God-like :)
     
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    Just so you know, as we're talking about a festival of the celebration of Ireland as a cultural entity, I inlcude Northern Ireland as the North of Ireland

    *eggshells walked over* :eek:


    1 Name the first five Irish people who enter your head (no, not your cousin from Galway, I mean well known people).

    Shane Macgowan, Luke Kelly, Gerry Adams, Ian Paisley (for balance ;) ), Father Ted

    2 Name the first five places/towns/cities in Ireland that enter your head.

    Belfast, Dublin, Galway, Derry/Londonderry, Cork

    3 If you were forced at gunpoint to say the first five words (any words at all) that came in to your head when you thought of Ireland what would they be?

    Music, Nature, Guinness, the Troubles, Immigration

    4 If you have any negative thoughts about Ireland what's the main one?

    It's (and our) history. Bono.

    5 If you have any positive thoughts about Ireland what's the main one?

    It's recovery and future.
     
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    1. So I can't put my dad who is from Belfast? That's not cool! Ok, anyway...
    • W.B. Yeats
    • Tommy Makem
    • Liam Clancy
    • Paddy Clancy
    • Tom Clancy (the singer, not the writer)

    2.
    • Belfast
    • Galway
    • Dublin
    • O'Connell Street
    • Trinity College

    3.
    • IRA
    • Catholic
    • Protestant
    • Green
    • Guinness

    4. Violence

    5. Irish people
     
  23. Hello.there thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Okay, you can put him in at No 6 :)

    Great list, really interesting (as I keep saying :eek:) to read all this stuff. Thanks!
     

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