Ok I realize I just spent a whole post explaining to we American tourists that we are not Irish, but… that’s in Ireland
In the good old U S of A we have many roots that keep our American family tree straight and strong. I like to think the strongest deepest roots are those transplanted from that Island to the east, Ireland.
Things that Ireland and America have in common.
- British tyranny.
- Mostly common language
- Love of Liberty.
Now there are books written by historians and scholars much wiser and more learned than I, explaining the American revolution, the Continental Congress, the ethnic make up of revolutionary times, the Dutch, the French, The Germans, The English. The Crown eventually chose to exercise it’s control and force the colonies to submit to it’s terms. And the resulting revolution is, well, History. In this virgining Republic a free people were established endowed by their creator with certain inalienable rights, Life, Liberty and the pursuit of happiness, and best yet an opportunity to be free.
It was/is this promise for Liberty that propelled so many to America’s shores.
Skipping forward to today, we get to let time soften the horrendous times many Irish suffered along the way. We instead get to revel in the traditions our forefathers believed were important enough to pass on from generation to generation.
Music, Food, Story, Good Cheer, Doom, sayings and proverbs.
I’m Irish because I enjoy all my heritage has to offer.
Irish music, I especially like Irish folk music, CD’s of Luke Kelly, Paddy Reilly, The Dubliners, The Fury’s, The Dublin City Ramblers, and the trad- Irish traditional music full of reels, jigs, hornpipes, airs, fiddles, flutes, bodhrans, accordions, pipes, just awesome.
Irish foods, In my neck of the woods we have good Irish tea, Barrys by name. Irish soda bread on special occasions mostly at St. Paddys Day. A bag of taytos on occasion, a crunchy bar, maybe a flake. Now in homage to my Immigrant ancestors we have the traditional Irish American meal of St. Patricks day Corned beef and Cabbage on of course St Patricks day. Might want to check out (How to cook corned Beef)
Favorite Irishisms, “Glory be to God it’s a beautiful day” – “I’d give a month of cold days if I could only see the sun” – “Ah, she’s a big woman”- “wee goat”- “jeesus what an eejit” Oh and then there are some nice proverbs like the Irish blessing, and knowing your lucky enough to be Irish. And of course “Being Irish, he had an abiding sense of tragedy that sustained him through temporary periods of joy”.
I’m Irish because it is a hoot to be Irish,
As long as you remember you are Irish American, I always thought that phrase should be turned around to read American of Irish, that might solve some of the confusion.
Now There are people who go overboard, I remember in My Irish gift shop a customer or two would go on about The English and Irish history and the problems in the north like they lived in Belfast or Dublin. They thought they were more Irish than the Irish themselves, but that’s the way things go sometimes.
So why do we sons and daughters of emigrants past call ourselves Irish?
Again it goes back to the roots of that American Family Tree. there are many roots but only the best that are Irish. America has a population of 320,000,000 people 30,000,000 million of which have a claim to Irish heritage. When you are one in 300 million you look for ways to differentiate yourself a bit. One way is by national heritage. Then it depends on how far removed you might be. I’ve a friend born in Galway, an American citizen, who plays hockey with me, most on the team don’t know his name, he’s “that Irish guy”.
I’m Irish because there isn’t an insult or a stereo type that can hurt me and for the most part makes me laugh.
Potato eater. God love you, I’ll have a side of fries with those mashed potatoes please.
Drinkers. Though this can get a bit carried away, I think the problem stems from all the others not being able to handle their grog. I’ll take a nice pint of plain, it gives you strength and it’s good for your health
Fighters. Much rather have a person willing to mix it up rather than be cowardly.
Dumb Mic. I was never able to figure this one out, perhaps I need to get my doctorate.
So in the end enjoy your Irish heritage. Plan a visit to Ireland and enjoy that beautiful piece of earth. Take the time to find a venue and hear a good Irish session. Dare I say it, strike a blow for freedom and raise a pint to revolutionaries for liberty with a properly poured Guinness,