The Smile of Irish Eyes


Giants Causeway

Even when they have nothing, the Irish emit a kind of happiness, a joy.

- Fiona Shaw

Giant's Causeway - County Antrim

Perhaps the most famous basalt flow in the world is the Giants Causeway on the northern coast of Ireland, in which the vertical joints form hexagonal columns and give the impression of having been artificially constructed.


A Tribute to Those Souls Who Perished in the Potato Famine

And the Irish people have coped I think with this very, very well in what is an enormous change for us in terms of what's happened for the last 150 years.

- Bertie Ahern

Located beside the River Liffey in Dublin

An Gorta Mór, Irish for the Great Famine, occurred from 1845 to 1849 with the effects continuing for a couple of years beyond that.  It is estimated that more than a million Irishmen died and another million fled as refugees.  The population entered a long-term decline which only ended in 2006, 150 years after the famine struck.


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