Did yez ever know an Irishman who didn't love a fight?
Or who wouldn't stay to see it to the end?
Did yez ever know of one who wasn't merry when he's "tight,"
Or who wouldn't give his life to save a friend?
And who can beat the Irish when it comes to makin' love?
The other nations do the best they can;
And in other ways they trick us
But, sure, they'd never lick us,
If they'd stand up and fight us man to man!
—Eileen, "The Irish Have A Great Day Tonight"
We're chosen of a fighting race
That never yet has known disgrace
—Amhran na Bh Fiann, the Irish national anthem
The Irish have long been stereotyped as drunks and brawlers. It's enough to make you want to get drunk and punch somebody.
—Joey "Ice Cream", The Black Donnellys