the luck of the Irish...

ireland01What does it mean, the luck of the Irish? Here are some responses:

'Luck is like always up and down but I would have to say after all the Irish have been through we still know how to smile.'

'The luck of the Irish began with St Patrick (patron saint of Ireland). He was enslaved by the British, and found God in captivity. He escaped, became a Bishop and brought Christianity to the pagan Irish.'

John Lennon sang: 'If you had the luck of the Irish/you'd be sorry and wish you were dead/You should have the luck of the Irish/And you'd wish you was English instead!'
'It is a statement made in irony. The luck of the Irish was pure misery. It meant millions of Irish starving to death while raising crops for their English landlords. '
'Luck if the Irish is like one of Murphy's Laws. Whatever good fortune you get, it will come round to bite you in the backside.'

'The luck of the Irish has its origins in the four leaf clover. A four leaf clover (a shamrock in Ireland) means good luck. Why? St Patrick used the three leaves of the shamrock to explain the Holy Trinity to the pagan Celts. To find a shamrock with four leaves symbolised the union of Druid magic (a Druid was a Celtic priest) with the Christian teachings of the Holy Trinity.'
'Irish soldiers conscripted into the British army wore the shamrock on their uniforms for luck. It's magic - the blessing of St Patrick and the protection of God - would prevent them being killed in battle. This is known as 'wearing the Green'.

'The Irish are descendants of the Celts and Vikings, known throughout history as great warriors. Their luck stems from their fighting skills. Because they are such great warriors, very few get killed, hence 'The Luck of the Irish.'

'The luck of the Irish' was a sarcastic term. If you had the luck of the Irish you had very bad luck. It was termed when the potato famine hit Ireland. The farmers were just starting to gain some Independence from Britain when infested potatoes were planted and killed the entire crop.'
At the Guinness brewery outside Dublin, the Guinness guide had another explanation. 'Look', he said, directing our gaze to the glass pipes that carried thousands of litres of Guinness from the distillery to the bottles: 'All those hours of happiness. This is truly the luck of the Irish.'
Irish Whisky manufacturers, Jameson, provide an alternative perspective: 'Ask any Irishman. Clearly but for Irish whisky, we would have conquered the world.'

'The luck of the Irish' means good luck. People use it when a person of Irish descent inexplicably beats the odds. Irish people have suffered so many misfortunes that it's a miracle whenever something comes out right for them. It can only be explained by being blessed with an inherited form of good luck.'

'Luck of the Irish' means having good luck one day and bad luck the next. One day you will win some money in the lottery, and the next day get a bill in the post. What you have to pay will be more than what you won.'

'The luck of the Irish' comes from the legend of the leprechauns, the Little People. The leprechauns keep a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. If you catch a leprechaun he is obliged to give you the gold.'

'It is tongue in cheek. Kind of take things in their stride. Look at the history. Ravaged by Vikings. Conquered by the English. Potato famine that killed 25% of the population. Half of those who survived left for America. A country that switched from Anglican to Catholic and persecuted one after the other. Came to America and looked at it with great suspicion. Took a long time to integrate. If anything can go wrong, it will.'