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Ireland Of Yore In Photos

Harvesting flax, County Down, Northern Ireland, 1948 i i

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Harvesting flax, County Down, Northern Ireland, 1948

Harvesting flax, County Down, Northern Ireland, 1948

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My grandmother used to say, "There are two kinds of people in the world: Those who are Irish, and those who wish they were." My other grandmother used to say — over and over again — that she had really, really seen a leprechaun. Obviously, neither of them should have ever been taken seriously.

But, whether you're Irish or not, you can visit the Emerald Isle with these flashback photos from Life — and see the full gallery on its site.

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

With the help of the "curator of the stone," a woman kisses the Blarney Stone at Blarney Castle in County Cork, 1950.

With the help of the "curator of the stone," a woman kisses the Blarney Stone at Blarney Castle in County Cork, 1950. Three Lions/Getty Images hide caption

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Children play in front of a ruined church, 1946

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A boatman on the moors of Ross Castle, 1946

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Belfast shipyard, 1955

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