Living in WASHINGTON with Irish roots

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The old pipe gives the sweetest smoke.

May you get all your wishes but one so you always have something to strive for!

What's the craic?: Greetings like "Any craic?" and "How's the craic?" give rise to potential awkward misunderstandings for tourists, because craic is pronounced like "crack." The most straightforward definition is fun or enjoyment, and it can substitute for "How are you?" A typical response is "divil a bit," which means "not much."

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!"

There is no fireside like your own fireside.

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There are good ships, and there are wood ships, The ships that sail the sea. But the best ships, are friendships, And may they always be.

Food is a good workhorse.

May the joys of today Be those of tomorrow. The goblets of life Hold no dregs of sorrow.

The Irish are not in a conspiracy to cheat the world by false representations of the merits of their countrymen. No, Sir; the Irish are FAIR PEOPLE; they never speak well of one another.

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