The image is of a small stone cottage in County Mayo, Ireland,  photographed by me on a cold, sunny day in May, 2013.  I was intrigued by the pots of geraniums in the window, placed there by someone, even though the home was abandoned and the roof was gone.  It seemed to me to be symbolic of the will of the Irish people to survive and thrive, in spite of all the hardships and tragedies brought to their doorsteps throughout the centuries.

The image is of a small stone cottage in County Mayo, Ireland, photographed by me on a cold, sunny day in May, 2013. I was intrigued by the pots of geraniums in the window, placed there by someone, even though the home was abandoned and the roof was gone. It seemed to me to be symbolic of the will of the Irish people to survive and thrive, in spite of all the hardships and tragedies brought to their doorsteps throughout the centuries.

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DNA shows Irish people have more complex origins than previously thought -- Sott.net

DNA shows Irish people have more complex origins than previously thought -- Sott.net

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Irish Faces (Brian Mo). How nice does this sweet old man look?! I would love to make a "Faces of Ireland" collection when I go and include people like him

Irish Faces (Brian Mo). How nice does this sweet old man look?! I would love to make a "Faces of Ireland" collection when I go and include people like him

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Background on the colloquial "black Irish" that my grandmother was fond of citing for the Sheridans -- example: Peter Gallagher, Black Irish

Background on the colloquial "black Irish" that my grandmother was fond of citing for the Sheridans -- example: Peter Gallagher, Black Irish

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Being irish! Northern Irish dialect translation  Do the Irish in Northern Ireland really speak like this??

Being irish! Northern Irish dialect translation Do the Irish in Northern Ireland really speak like this??

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10 Weird Things You Never Knew Came From Irish Inventors (Okay, let's say 9 things...Who doesn't know Guinness was invented in Ireland???).

10 Weird Things You Never Knew Came From Irish Inventors (Okay, let's say 9 things...Who doesn't know Guinness was invented in Ireland???).

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Old people have a fashion all their own, a fashion greatly accentuated by a white beard and a brown pipe.

Old people have a fashion all their own, a fashion greatly accentuated by a white beard and a brown pipe.

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