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There'll be white blackbirds before an unwilling woman ties the knot There never was an old slipper but there was an old stocking to match it. Wisdom is what makes a poor man a king, a weak person powerful, a good generation of a bad one, a foolish man reasonable.
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Like an Irish wolf she barks at her own shadow Limerick was, Dublin is, and Cork shall be the finest city of the three. Proverbs cannot be contradicted Put a beggar on horseback and he'll ride to hell Put it on your shoulder and say it is not a burden. The dog that's always on the go, is better than the one that's always curled up. The end of a feast is better than the beginning of a fight.
A little dog can start a hare, but it takes a big one to catch it. A man who holds good cards would never say if they were dealt wrong. Don't throw out the dirty water until you have the clean water in.
It makes you shoot at your landlord and it makes you miss him. back to top E ight lives for the men and nine for the women.
The country is divided into four provinces: Leinster, Munster, Connaught, and Ulster.
All of the first three and part of the fourth are situated within the Republic of Ireland.
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