“Tír gan teanga, tír gan anam. A country without a language is a country without a soul.”
― Pádraig Pearse
James Joyce like Samuel Beckett fled to Paris and famously said: 'Ireland, Island of Saints and Sages', that "No self-respecting person wants to stay in Ireland. Instead he will run from it, as if from a country that has been subjected to a visitation by an angry Jove."
"Your music should be abou' where you're from an' the sort o' people yeh come from.—Say it once, say it loud, I'm black an' I'm proud ...—The Irish are the niggers of Europe, lads." —Roddy Doyle, The Commitments. There are also claims that Malcolm X said, "The Irish are the blacks of Europe !" but he was talking about the Irish genetic connection to the Moors, by way of Spain. However the analogy is valid. The last large numbers of white people to be sold into slavery, were the Irish with 150,000 sold back in the 1600s, when English pirates sold Irish slaves, regarding them as another species.
Ireland Debt Clock
Source: Irish Government Data
- You could wrap $1 bills around the Earth 990 times with the debt amount!
- If you lay $1 bills on top of each other they would make a pile 27,767 km, or 17,253 miles high!
- That's equivalent to 0.07 trips to the Moon!