Origin of Irish
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The month of May will see an Irish referendum on the legalization of same-sex marriage.
After years at the head of a parochial school classroom, he could no longer distinguish one blond Irish Catholic kid from another.
Irish immigrants were more likely to vote Democratic, and German immigrants voted Republican.
By 2013, that figure rose to $61 million, surpassing Jameson Irish whiskey and Patron tequila.Europeans Recall Fireball Whiskey Over a Sweetener Also Used in Antifreeze|Tim Mak|October 28, 2014|DAILY BEAST
He finally died in a drawn-out battle with his Irish mobster nemesis, John Morrissey.
The Times, referring to the debate on the Irish Church, remarked that the viceroyalty was more and more 'a mere ornament.'The Land-War In Ireland (1870)|James Godkin
In the course of the discussion, Mr. Lefroy bore testimony to the generally successful working of the Irish poor-law.The History of England in Three Volumes, Vol.III.|E. Farr and E. H. Nolan
Meanwhile, it is an open question whether the accomplishment of repeal will be necessary to make this clear to the Irish.The Condition of the Working-Class in England in 1844|Frederick Engels
We are not going to touch at any Irish port, so I am hurrying to write a few lines to send off by the Pilot.Canada for Gentlemen|James Seton Cockburn
My name was added in the place which should have been his brother's, as representing Irish troops.John Redmond's Last Years|Stephen Gwynn
c.1200, Irisce, from stem of Old English Iras "inhabitant of Ireland," from Old Norse irar, ultimately from Old Irish Eriu (accusative Eirinn, Erinn) "Erin," which is from Old Celtic *Iveriu (accusative *Iverionem, ablative *Iverione), perhaps from PIE *pi-wer- "fertile," literally "fat," from root *peie- "to be fat, swell" (see fat (adj.)).
Meaning "temper, passion" is 1834, American English (first attested in writings of Davy Crockett), from the legendary pugnacity of Irish people. Irish-American is from 1832; Irish coffee is from 1950. Wild Irish (late 14c.) originally were those not under English rule; Black Irish in reference to those of Mediterranean appearance is from 1888.
see luck of the devil (Irish).