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Old 05-28-2006, 01:40 AM   #46
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What's a good number of days to allot for seeing Dublin?
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3 questions, 1. whos the most famous person in ireland and 2. has Australian Prime minister John Howards visit to ireland had much news coverage/impact. and finally who would win an irish presidential election
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Around a week
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Old 05-28-2006, 11:50 AM   #49
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3 questions, 1. whos the most famous person in ireland and 2. has Australian Prime minister John Howards visit to ireland had much news coverage/impact. and finally who would win an irish presidential election
Bono
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Adam Clayton
1) Bono

2) Yes a fair bit as it the first such visit by an Australian PM in over a decade

3) Edge
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My question isn't necessarily just for a "Dubliner" but for slang-isms--I've been reading quite a few female English/Irish writers and some of the terms are confusing; (I could look this up, but am too lazy) how does a "stone" compare to pounds (in weight)?? There are others, but can't recall off the top of my head!
Stone is not a slangism, it is a unit of weight measurement. Can't remember what it equates to in pounds.
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a stone is 14 pounds i think......... (just rings a bell.. might be right)
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whats the best place to:

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im going there in a month
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How is Saorsie (sp?) pronounced?
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Saoirse is pronounced sear-sha.

Irish words and names have whacked pronounciation....my Irish is atrocious
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YAY, id must say id rather see Edge as a world leader than bono, i have an inkling that bono would focus on foreign aid just a lil too much. and by the way John Howard was critisised for going to ireland down here, people say he has no business there and his trip which cost aussie taxpayers 600k was just a 'farewell' tour, he got tons of pomp in washington.

again vote 1 for President Dave Evans in ireland!
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^ the Irish President is just a head of state figure with no real power....the Taoiseach (Irish Prime Minister) and the Dail (Irish parliament) deal with policy...so no Bono wouldn't be able to go nuts on foreign aid if he became the Irish president
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are irish sterotypes in any way true ie. Drunks and fights, have you ever seen a leprachurn?, and do people in dublin mostly speak english or is irish/gaelic more common?
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WHat does Saoirse mean?
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Old 06-02-2006, 02:27 PM   #60
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are irish sterotypes in any way true ie. Drunks and fights, have you ever seen a leprachurn?, and do people in dublin mostly speak english or is irish/gaelic more common?
No, we do have the highest rate of alcoholism in Europe though, I think. Drinking culture I would say is pretty on par with English drinking culture, but alcoholism is higher here. We do get sucked into our own stereotype at times with the tourist industry, who promote all the really twee aspects of Ireland catering probably to American and other tourists conceptions of Ireland.

No I don't think anyone has seen a leprechaun and the image of a leprechaun is stereotyped as much as anything else....they were originally represented (right up to the early 20th century) as tiny old men in red coats, who were cobblers or shoemakers, they lived alone and not in groups and were antisocial as such.

I've seen a faerie ring though And there are always some brilliant ghost stories in Ireland anywhere you live, banshees are frightening

I like to think there is something to the old myths.

English is the main language in Ireland...I believe the number of people who can speak Irish is increasing though. There are the Gaeltacht areas of Ireland though which are fully Irish speaking areas of the country and they are mostly in the west of Ireland.
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