A few famous thoughts about Ireland and the Irish:
Ireland is rich in literature that understands a soul's yearnings, and dancing that understands a happy heart.
This is one race of people for whom psychoanalysis is of no use whatsoever.
Sigmund Freud (about the Irish)
In Ireland the inevitable never happens and the unexpected constantly occurs.
Sir John Pentland Mahaffy
I'm troubled, I'm dissatisfied. I'm Irish.
Marianne Moore "Spenser's Ireland"