LIVING IN GUNN WITH IRISH ROOTS

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When a twig grows hard it is difficult to twist it. Every beginning is weak.

This [the Irish] is one race of people for whom psychoanalysis is of no use whatsoever.

May the wind always be at your back

May neighbours respect you, trouble neglect you, the angels protect you, and Heaven accept you.

Sláinte!: In an Irish pub, patrons toast each other sláinte (pronounced "slaan-sha") as they clink glasses of Guinness. Derived from the Old Irish adjective slán (which means "safe"), sláinte literally translates as "health" and is used as a stand-in for the more time-consuming "I drink to your health!"

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May the road rise up to meet you: You may recognize this popular blessing (in Irish Gaelic: Go n-éirí an bóthar leat) from Catholic weddings or cross-stitched pillows in Nan's house. One of the main characteristics of Celtic Christianity is the use of images of nature to show how God interacts with people. "May the road rise up to meet you/ May the wind be always at your back/ May the sun shine warm upon you face ..." uses everyday images to mean, may God remove obstacles in your journey through life.

It's for her own good that the cat purrs.

If you're enough lucky to be Irish... You're lucky enough!

Better good manners than good looks.

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