2. The language that is only spoken in a minority of small areas in Ireland. The rest just have plain English.
2. 'Dia dhuit'='Hello'
'Maróidh mé thú le mo bhata mór'='I'm going to kill you with my big bat'
'Is maith liom do shrón'='I like your nose'
ha oh and i'm irish, and you're not, :P
oh yeah great in bed too...
Has stereotypical (racist?) associatons of drinking and/or fighting (hardly unique to Ireland, see Chav). These associations arose from anti-Irish bigotry in 19th century England and can be seen perpetuated in Temple Bar in Dublin any night of the week. Often by tourists. Some misguided Irish people also like to perpetuate this myth.
Positive associations include having a highly educated workforce (especially in IT industry), massive artistic output far out of proportion to the population (in music, literature, visual arts, etc.), and a population of warm fun-loving people. That last one is only partly true.