Friday, July 24, 2009

Pat Playing the Bagpipe Chanter

"Let Erin Remember" --> Patrick is taking bagpipe lessons at the Mineola Irish American Society

A Mother's Letter

Dear Son,

Just a few lines to let you know that I am still alive. I am writing this slowly because I know you can't read fast. You won't know the house when you come home, we've moved.

About your father, he has got a lovely new job. He has 500 men under him, he cuts grass at the cemetery. Your sister Mary had a baby this morning I haven't found out yet whether its a a boy or a girl so I don't know if you're an aunt or an uncle.

I went to the doctors on Thursday and your father came with me. The doctor put a small tube in my mouth and told me not to talk for 10 minutes. Your father offered to buy it from him.

Your uncle Patrick drowned last week in a vat of Irish Whiskey at the Dublin brewery. Some of his workmates tried to save him but he fought them off bravely. They cremated him and it took 3 days to put the fire out.

It only rained twice this week, first for 3 days then for 4 days. We had a letter from the undertaker. He said if the last payment on your Grandmother's plot wasn't paid in 7 days, up she comes.

Your loving Mother.

P.S. I was going to send you some money but I have already sealed the envelope.

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Dunphy Family Name

Dunphy is the 10,239th most popular last name (surname) in the United States; frequency is 0.001%; percentile is 71.357 [Source CBN].
Spelling variations include Dunfy, O'Dunphy, O'Donoghue and others.
First found in county Kerry.
Motto translated: Generous valour fears nothing.

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How the Irish Saved Civilization (Cahill, 1995)

"The weight of the Irish influence on the continent is incalculable" (James Westfall Thompson).

"...the transmission of European civilization was assured. Wherever they went the Irish brought with them their books, many unseen in Europe for centuries and tied to their waists as signs of triumph, just as Irish heroes had once tied to their waists their enemies' heads. Wherever they went they brought their love of learning and their skills in bookmaking. In the bays and valleys of their exile, they reestablished literacy and breathed new life into the exhausted literary culture of Europe. And that is how the Irish saved civilization."