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Irish Friendship Wish Chain Letter

Email claims that those who forward an "Irish Friendship Wish" message will have three years of good luck while those who delete it will have bad luck for one year.

Brief Analysis
An utterly pointless piece of nonsense that has circulated continually for more than a decade.

Detailed analysis and references below example.
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Last updated: 12th June 2012
First published: 2nd September 2003
Article written by Brett M. Christensen
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Subject: I want this back.....apparently it works - ?????

This may just set the record for return emails and forwards. Leave it up to the Irish to come up with the answer to all our wishes. Well, at least one.

Make sure you follow the directions carefully. I think we all need a little luck right about now.
Hope the Leprechaun dances his jig for you!

Comments from others:

I had to forward this, my mom swears it works. The day after she sent it, they got an offer on their land on the Swannee river, they haven't even seen that land since 1987. It came out of the blue. So you know that I'm going to try it.
Love Kim

Not sure if this had anything to do with it but it was shortly after I sent this out - I got a call to say our bond was approved - against all odds.

I don't know if it works but I won a new fridge full of various cool drinks from Beyer and Beyer last week.

I do not know if it works, but I won a microwave yesterday Seems like it Hey !!

I hope this works my son could use a really good job!!!!!!!

Good luck to everyone! And may all your dreams come true!

This may sound nuts, but my husband got this the other day and sent it off. About 10 minutes later a really good financial windfall happened for his son Sean who he had sent it too as well. one of the people he sent it to was responsible for the windfall.

Good Luck!!
I hope it works...
May there always be work for your hands to do;
May your purse always hold a coin or two;
May the sun always shine on your windowpane;
May a rainbow be certain to follow each rain;
May the hand of a friend always be near you;
May God fill your heart with gladness to cheer you.
OK, this is what you have to do....
Send this to all of your friends! But - you HAVE to send this within 1 hour from when you open it!
Now.................Make A wish!!!!!!
I hope you made your wish! Now then, if you send to:
1 person --- your wish will be granted in 1 year
3 people --- 6 months
5 people --- 3 months
6 people --- 1 month
7 people --- 2 weeks
8 people --- 1 week
9 people --- 5 days
10 people --- 3 days
12 people --- 2 days
15 people --- 1 day
20 people --- 3 hours
If you delete this after you read it... you will have 1 year of bad luck! But... if you send it 2 of your friends . you will automatically have 3 years of good luck!!! :-)

Detailed Analysis
This long circulated message claims that recipients who forward an included "Irish Friendship Wish" to two or more people will "automatically" receive three years of good luck. But, alas, claims the message, those who choose to delete the message will suffer a year of bad luck. I first encountered this message back in 2003, soon after I started Hoax-Slayer. Amazingly, 9 years on, the message continues to circulate, virtually unchanged from the original.

It hardly needs to be said that the claims in the message are nonsensical. In fact, it is a typical chain letter, versions of which have circulated for decades. First via surface mail, then via email and more lately via social media posts and text messages as well. As chain letters go, this one is comparatively mild. At least it does not threaten violent death to those who fail to forward it like others of its ilk. Such silly messages may seem harmless and people often send them on "just in case". But they clutter our inboxes and social network pages with even more useless garbage. And some of the more heinous variants can disturb or even traumatize impressionable youngsters.

Another version of the chain letter is circulating as an attached Microsoft Word document. Click the link below to download the MS Word version (You will need Microsoft Word or a compatible program to view the document):
Download Microsoft Word Version

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Last updated: 12th June 2012
First published: 2nd September 2003
Article written by Brett M. Christensen
About Brett Christensen and Hoax-Slayer