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  • n. A party; an evening of traditional music and dance.
  • n. A strong wind or gale, as in blowing a hooley


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  • Due to the fact that it's blowing a hooley outside, which woke me from my slumbers, have started crossword before my breakfast.

    Cryptic crossword No 25,237

  • It's hollering and blowing a hooley outside, you're warm and snug in bed, someone's delivered a nice cup of tea with the post and there seems no point in shifting.

    Witch Child by Celia Rees

  • "As the Irish say, we'll have a very big hooley when the millionth person gets water," Water Affairs Minister Kader Asmal told a media briefing today.

    ANC Daily News Briefing

  • E.eryone was getting excited, and when T. hooley announced "Mark E. Smith is a dickhead", I think all the fears were confirmed.


  • This was one of the witticisms of my clever friend, Mr. Robert Martin -- 'Bally-hooley'-one of the very few men who can write a good Irish song, and sing it well, into the bargain.

    The Reminiscences of an Irish Land Agent

  • "The craic is mighty here," Ciarán says over the din of a hooley.

    The Full Feed from

  • Lent was tough enough, but to enter it without a good hooley was cruel and if the party was no more than a virtual one, so what?

    BellaOnline - The Voice of Women

  • With new leadership at the helm and social events on the horizon, including the annual hooley of all hoolies, the Paddy Wagon Pub Crawl Saturday, February 28, 2009, the Gaels will hit the ground running and continue to develop membership, promote Irish culture and sport across the Front Range and contribute to the community in 2009.

    The Denver Newspaper Agency Stories

  • His widow requested they be scattered at sea, but as it was (in Paul's words) blowing a hooley, the then lifeboat secretary, Perce Weaver, decided they should be cast from the harbour wall with all due ceremony.

    Latest Isle of Wight News

  • But he goes on to gently chide: "But by God, it's not beyond the wit of the Irish to make up another excuse for a hooley."

    Slugger O'Toole


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