the old sod

the old sod

The country of one's birth or lineage; one's native soil. Primarily heard in UK. Some day, when I've earned enough, I'll be able to move my family back to the old sod.
See also: old, sod
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You don't have to explain or make excuses for the old sod.
Tonight Aoibhinn and Joe are travelling to the USA to visit a place which has lots of links to the old sod.
Like the Gramlings, Americans interested in exploring their Irish roots can visit the old sod as part of a year-long extravaganza called " The Gathering: Ireland 2013.
Winning trainer Terry Clement said: "I joked we had to come up against the old sod on the day he chose to return to form, but if any horse had to beat us, I was pleased it was The Tatling.
Paul is a native of Northern Ireland and has many years of IT and website experience both on the old sod and in the United States.
As Jo put it, the old sod really cared about me, this is something I have to do.
Peter and Patricia Joyce are actually from the old sod.
Whatever; the current edition sounds as traditional as it gets, with musicologist founder Mick Moloney leading the latest lineup in a lively series of reels, jigs and songs about leaving the Old Sod (or imprisonment in Australia) to find hope and heartbreak in the good ol' USA.
IN THE bad old days, it was only the craic of an Irish summer that kept Murphy on the old sod.
I bid 40 per cent over the asking price and the old sod got 60
He used to call me the old sod because I was the oldest in the gang.
Cahill said he had expected a big Cead Mile Failte from the folks back home in the old sod on his homecoming.
After watching Roots, I remember asking my Irish grandmother why she left the old sod, a place from which people have been fleeing en masse ever since they could tie logs together to make rafts, and why she had never gone back.
The Old Sod Farm Road Building will be staffed and managed on-site.
After peeling away the old sod from the chosen spot, we removed the top 14 inches of dense soil beneath, tamping an 8-inch-wide ledge of earth around the inside to support the box.