Proverbs & Sayings

John McCullagh January 26, 2012

The tribal wisdom of the Dakota Indians passed on from generation to generation, and for that matter replicated in various guises in a host of other ancient cultures, advises as follows:

John McCullagh March 6, 2006

When Eddie Maguire first got the job of digging graves and tending the lawns up in the cemetery, he was more than content to be well off-side from snooping Dole men, busybody neighbours and sarcastic so-called ‘mates’. 

John McCullagh March 5, 2006

My late and very beautiful friend Sarah Hagan – who sadly parted this mortal coil just a few days ago – was my distant cousin. So distant, one would not normally mention it at all – except for my pride in being related to such a remarkable lady.

John McCullagh February 24, 2006

..that’s in the hands of The Man Above .. referring to anticipated weather for a great event, sporting occasion or the likes. Not to be said in the presence of a priest!!

John McCullagh February 10, 2005

Mournes outside Hilltown SIGNS OF GOOD WEATHER TO COME   A red sunset…   Smoke rising straight from the chimney..   Frogs of a ‘good colour’…   Cranes going towards the lake…   Swallows flying high…   A clear, blue sky…   The cuckoo singing loud and clear…   The thrush singing in the evening… […]

John McCullagh February 2, 2005

An old poor man was dying and he grieved that he had nothing to leave to his three sons.  Still he called them to his bedside.  He asked them by name, one at a time, to go out and bring him in a rush – a common rush that would grow in a bog.

John McCullagh June 17, 2004

If it rains on St Swithin’s Day, it’ll rain for 40 days Cows huddle together before a storm When the wind’s in the west the cuckoo’s in her nest When a dog eats grass it’s a sign of rain A wind from the East is bad for man and beast When the robin ventures indoors, […]