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The Republic of Ireland


The Republic is the southern and western 26 of 32 counties on the island, independent from the UK since 1922.

The other 6 had been conceded to the British in 1921.

In the late 20th and early 21st centuries, Irish culture has been modernizing to astound anyone.


• "Thanks a million" — a generous translation from Gaelic Irish....

• Many goods and services on the Irish market are mere facsimile — minimally applicable, if at all. ...

Bishop William Casey begins the age of scandal in the Irish Catholic church, A.D. 1992....

• Dame Alice le Kyteler, Kilkenny woman convicted of witchcraft, A.D. 1324...

• Rich Irish farmers, always complaining about something (in popular mythology)...

Republicans attack Kilkenny castle, May 1922...

• "Don't work too hard." ...

"Yeah, but sure..."" (...Whataya do?") ...

Irish gestures...

Clocks on Irish buses, incorrect...

• The Irish still love the potato....

• "McCarthy's Monument" — a strange Corkonian obelisk with strange origin stories...

• Irish Travellers, an ancient nomadic people...

Kilkenny is a city... nominally....

Taking drink — phrases refering to alcohol and intoxication...

• A politician must be seen gambling....

• There's always something to say about the weather....

• The Irish are uniquely suited to disparage religious institutionalism.

Hen night....

• The apogee of the "Celtic Tiger" boom economy...

• Whe George Carlin died, the Irish didn't know him, one of their own....

Pool in Ireland is a different affair from what it is in the States....

Cerball MacDunlaingh, powerful king of Ossory during the age of inland Viking raids....

• The Irish reticence about making a formal complaint...

All football all the time — a hazard of the territory in the local pub....

• The difference between Charles Haughey and an Aran jumper...

Cursing in Ireland...

Mysteries of the Irish house — light-switches, taps, door-handles....

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