What makes you proud to be Irish?
"It makes me proud to see all that the Irish have overcome and all they've produced in terms of literature, music, and politics--all from such a tiny country." Skip Williams, psychology professor
What is like being Irish?
"You're right, my name is Irish. I'm not full-blooded Irish, though. Most people, when they hear my name, expect somebody with red hair and freckles--neither of which I have." Rosie (no "O") Reilly, secretary, Mathematics and Computer Science Department
What are your remembrances of Ireland?
"The joy of Irish folk music and images of green fields with stone fences. I remember hitchhiking there in the 1970s when lorry drivers would stop by themselves and offer a ride, and staying in country bed and breakfasts on puffy feather beds." Chip Reilly (right) and fellow Irishman Len Kelly, research scientists in the Gallaudet Research Institute
Name a famous Irishman or Irishwoman.
"Since I found my wife in Carroll County and went to Western Maryland College, I'll choose Charles Carroll III, the only Catholic to sign the Declaration of Independence, as my favorite." Jerry McGaughran (pronounced Mc Gok'run), Internship/Employment Advisor, Career Center
What's the best thing about being Irish?
"Thanks for asking, however, I'm not Irish-born--it's my husband's name that I've assumed. However the best thing about being "Irish" is that I get to celebrate St. Pat's with corned beef, cabbage, potatoes, and carrots." Arlene Blumenthal Kelly, assistant professor, Deaf Studies