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This category deals with general information about Ireland: the country and its people.  Topics like history and the Irish language will be dealt with in another part of the site.



What it means to be Irish or part of an Irish family PDF Print E-mail
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Sunday, 06 December 2009 14:40

Thanks to Eileen for providing the following contribution: what it means to be Irish.

What it means to be Irish…

…and have an Irish family—you will recognize a lot!

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What does Well Beyond the Pale mean? PDF Print E-mail
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First, it has nothing to do with the buckets and the pursuit of fresh water.  The Pale, also called the English Pale, refers to the area around Dublin, the capital city of Ireland.   In fact, a pale is any fortified enclosure.  In Ireland, the Pale includes the county of Dublin, but stretches north as far as Dundalk, south to Dalkey and west past Maynooth in County Kildare.  The word itself may derive from the term palisade, a term familiar in the US; it certainly has its roots in the Latin word for a stake, palus.   Note, there is a common misconception that the term comes from pallere, the Latin verb "to be pale."  This interpretation is incorrect.

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