Sheep are typical in the Irish landscape.
"A number of derogatory nicknames began to emerge, including "Irish confetti" for thrown bricks, and "Irish kiss" for a slap" (Wisegeek.com)
- The people of Ireland.
Idioms and Phrasal Verbs
Origin of irish
- Middle English from Old English Īras the Irish peiə- in Indo-European roots
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- Middle English Irisce (12th c.), from Old English Īras, from Old Norse írar, from Old Irish Ériu (modern Éire (“Ireland”)), from Proto-Celtic *Īwerjū (“fat land, fertile”), from Proto-Indo-European *pi-wer- (“fertile”), literally "fat," akin to Ancient Greek πίειρα (píeira, “fertile land”), Sanskrit [script?] (pívarī, “fat”).