• Phil Davenport

An Irishman's Philosophy


In life, there are only two things to worry about—

Either you are well or you are sick.

If you are well, there is nothing to worry about,

But if you are sick, there are only two things to worry about—

Either you will get well or you will die.

If you get well, there is nothing to worry about,

But if you die, there are only two things to worry about—

Either you will go to heaven or hell.

If you go to heaven, there is nothing to worry about.

And if you go to hell, you’ll be so busy shaking hands with all your friends

You won’t have time to worry!

Irish Diplomacy...

is the ability to tell a man to go to hell so that he looks forward to making the trip.

Do Not Stand at My Grave and Weep

Do not stand at my grave and weep,

I am not there... I do not sleep.

I am the thousand winds that blow...

I am the diamond glints on snow...

I am the sunlight on ripened grain...

I am the gentle autumn rain.

When you waken in the morning's hush,

I am the swift uplifting rush

Of gentle birds in circling flight...

I am the soft star that shines at night.

Do not stand at my grave and cry—

I am not there... I did not die...

What Shall I Say About the Irish?

The utterly impractical, never predictable,

Sometimes irascible, quite inexplicable, Irish.Strange blend of shyness,

pride and conceit,

And stubborn refusal to bow in defeat.

He's spoiling and ready to argue and fight,

Yet the smile of a child

fills his soul with delight.

His eyes are the quickest to well up with tears,

Yet his strength is the strongest

to banish your fears.

His hate is as fierce as his devotion is grand,

And there is no middle ground

on which he will stand.

He's wild and he's gentle,

he's good and he's bad.

He's proud and he's humble,

he's happy and sad.

He's in love with the ocean,

the earth and the skies,

He's enamoured with beauty wherever it lies.

He's victor and victim, a star and a clod,

But mostly he's Irish—

in love with his God.

The Irish...

Be they kings, or poets, or farmers,

They're a people of great worth,

They keep company with the angels,

And bring a bit of heaven here to earth

An Irish Welcome

Here's Céad Míle Fáilte to friend and to rover

That's a greeting that's Irish as Irish can be

It means you are welcome

A thousand times over

Wherever you come from, Whosoever you be

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