"Celebrating Ireland" on 'St. Patrick's Day', 17th March

"We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars." - Oscar Wilde

'Old Irish Blessing' "May the road rise up to meet you. May the wind always be at your back. May the sun shine warm upon your face, and rains fall soft upon your fields. And until we meet again, May God hold you in the palm of His hand."

This week's CST activities page was about Ireland and all things Irish. We began by asking if any members come from Ireland, have family there, or if they have holidayed there. Note if members have Irish Christian or surnames.

What do people think of Irish people and their accent? The countryside, the weather, the food.

IRISH IDIOMS Next, ask members to complete these well known phrases together ...

Top of the - MORNING It cost me an arm and a - LEG As happy as - LARRY Away with the - FAIRIES Running around like a headless - CHICKEN Not the full - SHILLING Take the weight off your - LEGS Chance your - ARM Donkey's - YEARS Thick as a - PLANK As fit as a - FIDDLE Lie down with dogs and you'll rise with - FLEAS Tinker's - CUSS The older the fiddle, the sweeter the - TUNE The luck of the - IRISH

That'll be - GRAND

To be - SURE

And guess at the meanings of these Irish inspired words ...

Gaff - HOUSE Shenanigans - MISCHIEF Eejit - IDIOT Smithereens - PIECES Brogues - SHOES Grand - PLEASANT Gallivanting - PARTYING Bang on - CORRECT Banjaxed - BROKEN Earwigging - LISTENING IN ON A PRIVATE CONVERSATION Fair play - WELL DONE Feck - SHOCK Fella - HUSBAND OR BOYFRIEND Fierce - EXCELLENT Floozie - WOMAN OF DUBIOUS MORALS Gammy - ROTTEN Kip - SLEEP Knackered - EXHAUSTED Leg it - RUN AWAY Manky - DIRTY On the lash - GO OUT DRINKING

SONG. 'When Irish Eyes Are Smiling', Ruby Murray - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0TbLOxP2pUI

What can you hear in the lilt of Irish laughter? (listen carefully) THE ANGELS SING

What is a 'Ruby Murray' in Cockney rhyming slang?



Round 1. Facts & Legends

1. What is the Gaelic word for Ireland?

What do the colours of the Irish flag mean?

2. What are the two national emblems of Ireland?

3. Who is the Patron Saint of Ireland?

What is he said to have banished from Ireland?

4. What is the capital of Ireland? And the river that runs through it?

5. Where is the Northern Ireland devolved Assembly located (name the estate and city)?

6. 'The Troubles', where the IRA and Ulster Loyalists used violence to further their political and nationalistic ambitions for a united Ireland versus UK rule of Northern Ireland, thankfully ended in which year with 'The Good Friday Agreement'?

Which two leaders brokered the deal, which led to a devolved regional government?

7. What is the name of the national airline of Ireland?

Which Irish airline is the worst rated in Europe?

8. What was the name given to the currency of Southern Ireland?

What year did it change to the Euro?

9. What is the name given to the Irish Police Force?

What side of the road do you drive on in Ireland?

10. What was the period of mass starvation in Ireland from 1845 to 1852 called?

Nearest guess. How many people were lost to Ireland, due to death or emigration?

11. SONG. 'Sail Away', Enya - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LTrk4X9ACtw

Which Celtic band did she used to be in, playing keyboards and backing vocals? (They had a hit in 1983 with 'Theme From Harry's Game')

ROUND 2. Places & Food and drink

12. Where in County Cork would you kiss the 'Stone Of Eloquence'?

Which 'gift' will it give you?

13. What is the name of this natural coastal feature in County Antrim?

What igneous stone is it made from?

14. Where (in England) would you find this Catholic cathedral?

What do locals call it?

15. Where would you find the this 'Titanic' tourist attraction?

What date did the ship sink?

16. What is the longest river in Ireland?

What is a five line poem with a distinctive ryhthm called? Here's an example... There was an old man named Bill Who swallowed a nuclear pill The doctor said cough And that darn thing went off And they found his head in Brazil. (He was okay, but he had a terrible headache.)

17. What type of loaf is this?

Why is a cross cut into the top before baking?

18. What meat is traditionally used in 'Irish Stew'?

What is a ball of flour dough that you might put in an Irish Stew called?

19. What are 'Colcannon' and 'Champ'?