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- It is an ironic phrase. The Irish have been, and are a spectacularly unlucky race. The "luck of the Irish" is BAD luck, as any reading of Irish history will document. When I did my Master's thesis on Irish references in the American language, I found the original and proper use of this irony goes clear back to the Old Country and migrated to America early on. Nowadays many speakers and writers -- even the supposedly erudite ones -- misuse the phrase to imply GOOD luck. Let these misinformed (and misinforming) folks eat only potatoes for a few decades -- if any potatoes can grow in their fields.
- Some trace the origin of the phrase to the US where, during the exploration for gold in the West, there were a high number of Irish people who got lucky, and found their "pot o' gold" in the gold fields of California, or were equally prosperous in silver mining. Luck of the Irish does owe its origin to the U.S.A.. When they arrived, they were very disliked, treated badly, despised and hated. When the Irish had any kind of success most Americans at the time didn't think the Irish were capable such successes, so they called it luck. Hence the term "Luck of the Irish".
- As far as I know, the term comes from the legend of the 'Little People' of the land, or the leprechauns. Finding or catching a leprechaun (who would then give you gold) was a lucky event that could only take place in Ireland.
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Umm the signs Irish Need Not Apply are actually referred to as INNA as in I-rish N-eed N-ot A-pply ....and the signs were EVERYWHERE far beyond any "television" program. I loo…k at it yes of course as racism but also symbolic of how far we the Irish have come. For a more current viewpoint on "NINA", have a look here: bostonmagazine.com There are also several "pro" and "con" websites on the subject, but when you see the likes of a popular American Saturday evening television programme spouting this rhetoric in many of its "backstage scenes" (yes, SNL has had a "NINA" sign hanging backstage for well over 20 years), I'd think it safe to say that "NINA" is more than just mere "urban legend"... It was regularly seen in England too. At boarding houses, where labourers would stay, you'd commonly find signs like: No Blacks No Dogs No Irish Just went to show that bigotry is bigotry, and it is stupid no matter where it is found. Irish were in England for 400 years, where they had signs,[ no need to apply] for jobs. they were the people who populated the southeastern usa. No Irish need apply is NOT an urban legend. In the 1800's when Irish immigrants took up whole neighbourhoods in New York City, many business owners put up "No Irish need apply" signs up. Many business owners did not want Irish to apply, especially in New York City, because of the reputation they had as drinking loud mouths. Irish were also seen as dirty and disease ridden and it was a common belief that the potato blithe in the Great Potato Famine could be passed through humans and was a disease. Also stories have been told that New York City newsboys often fought with each other and Italian and Jewish immigrants would scream "No Irish need apply" in teasing to the Irish boys. Theres an English pub in the Baleric islands which has a no dogs no Irish sign outside its door.
Not really. Irish wear a lot of green. A lucky clover is green. So,basically it means good luck. Also you might just be superstitious. love and peace funnygal709 :) Actua…lly the phrase did indeed refer to Bad Luck. There's also a variation on Murphy's Law: 'If it can go wrong, it will. 'Tis the luck of the Irish."
the term originates from many centuries ago when an Irishman by the name of Times Shermend was out in the vally and drank so much whiskey that he ended up stumbling off a huge… cliff and landed in a huge patch of clovers that saved his life. This explains why Irishmen love the clover I'm not sure what the origin of the term is but it's not this stupid answer.
The word luck originated perhaps with gambling, indicatingfavorable fortunes. It etymologically comes from the Middle Dutchgheluc meaning "fortune, happiness".
Answer new answer The common usage of the term luck has gained momentum over time through the mis-understanding or ignorance of the laws that govern the universe. Sinc…e I have been schooled in how the mind works so that I have a little more than a basic understanding of mind, I can tell you that there is no such thing as luck. Everything is caused. Thought is cause and effect is it's manifested likeness. "As a man thinketh, so is he" is literally true. Most people are unaware that they cause their own experiences because they do not remember the thoughts that created them. As I did the concentration and meditation as well as many other exercises over a period of time, I began to see the connection and so can any one else who is willing to put in the effort. The process does require a teacher, however. If you are interested in further questions along these lines, I'll give you a good starting place through a link.
The term "Fighting Irish" is a handle which traces back to an infantry brigade made up of all Irish immigrants who fought for the Union in the Civil War. The brigade off…icial title "The Irish Brigade" and consisted of 69th NY, 63rd NY, 88th NY, 116th Pennsylvania, and 28th Mass. Infantry Regiments, but was dubbed "The Fighting Irish" by regiment members shortly after it's formation.
I'm Irish and my answer is tat all us Irish people have known what hardship is, whether it's proverty or shootings or famine but I think the difference with us is to other cou…ntries is our beliefs. To truly believe we can get through anything anywhere in our hearts and minds we're strong. If anything our Saints like saint Patrick has showed us tat their is nothing we can't get through.We are thought about this in school and off parents from a early age and Plus we are exteremely proud and religious people In my opinion it also comes down to our Hero's in the 1916 rising our history. People who have fought for our country to be a free state. Yes the four leaf clover is suppose to be lucky and I believe it is.
'An t-ádh dearg'
It would be 'Bhí an t-ádh dearg orainn' in Irish.
Frankie Howerd claimed in his autobiogrphy that he originated the saying, because it seemed to have a better rhythmn than kust "best of luck".
It's bad luck 98% of the time but when you really need it to sirvive you end up lucky.
Ádh dearg ('Luck of the Irish')
Go raibh an t-ádh dearg ort (oraibh, plural).
luck o the Irish... it sounds Irish hahahhaha
Perhaps you mean MacDuff.