Monday, March 17, 2008


"I don't know if most Irishmen realize how thankful they should be to Mother England. I know four of them who do - Tommy Makem and The Clancys. We make a nice living out of singing Irish rebel songs, drinking songs, and laments of one sort or another. Without England on our backs, they would never have been made. The rebel songs, of course, come from a 700-year struggle to shake off John Bull's benevolence, the laments from all the times we were beaten down and, needless to say, a drink is always needed to raise the heart in troubled times."

-Liam Clancy, of The Clancy Brothers

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