Irish Heroes of 1916

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Twenty years a child; twenty years running wild; twenty years a mature man -- and after that, praying.

May you be at the gates of heaven an hour before the devil knows your dead! iStock iStock

You've got to do your own growing, no matter how tall your grandfather was.

May you have length with your days, and strength with your step, and may each season have a reason to celebrate your faith in mankind!

May you live to be a hundred years, With one extra year to repent!

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[ Irish Heroes of 1916 ].

A trout in the pot is better than a salmon in the sea.

May you be poor in misfortune, Rich in blessings, Slow to make enemies, And quick to make friends. But rich or poor, quick or slow, May you know nothing but happiness From this day forward.

May the cat eat you, and may the devil eat the cat: Consider this insult a double whammy. By saying, "Go n-ithe an cat thĂș is go n-ithe an diabhal an cat," the speaker wishes that a cat gobble up his enemy like a can of Fancy Feast, and that the Devil eat them both. It's a surefire sentence to Hell. Curses are far more detailed and nuanced in Irish culture, as compared to the traditional F-bombs dropped in the U.S. Here's another popular mouthful of an insult: "May you be afflicted with itching without the benefit of scratching." Burn.

May brooks and trees and singing hills Join in the chorus, too. And every gentle wind that blows Send happiness to you.

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