"A lot of Irish people perform. They perform in drawing rooms. They sing songs and they play piano."
"We have always found the Irish a bit odd. They refuse to be English."Fiona Shaw on Winston Churchill
"Being Irish, he had an abiding sense of tragedy, which sustained him through temporary periods of joy."Fiona Shaw on William Butler Yeats
"Love is never defeated, and I could add, the history of Ireland proves it."Fiona Shaw on Pope John Paul II
"If it was raining soup, the Irish would go out with forks."Fiona Shaw on Brendan Behan
"Being Irish is very much a part of who I am. I take it everywhere with me."Fiona Shaw on Colin Farrell
"To be honest I live among the English and have always found them to be very honest in their business dealings. They are noble, hard-working and anxious to do the right thing. But joy eludes them, they lack the joy that the Irish have."
"I'm not on the run from anything and I'm not at all clear about what I'm running towards. But as some great writer put it, I want to be certain that when I arrive at death, I'm totally exhausted."
"Even when they have nothing, the Irish emit a kind of happiness, a joy."
"There once was a demographic survey done to determine if money was connected to happiness and Ireland was the only place where this did not turn out to be true."
"I think America becomes more disgruntled by going to the movies and having an endlessly good time at them."