A person that was born in America, but has ancestors from Ireland. They might actually have some fairly close family in Ireland. They are very proud of their heritage and have good reason to be.
He is Irish-American, his great- grandfater was born in Ireland.
word of the day: March 17, 2007
What everybody in America becomes once a year on March 17th.
Yea, it's St Patrick's Day! Kiss me, I'm Irish (today).
Much like African-American or Asian-American, Irish-Americans are Americans who are of Irish heritage.
Why doesn't Uncle Sam kiss Irish-Americans' asses like he does African-Americans? I mean, c'mon, Irish-Americans are so much sexier!
The second largest group in america, after the germans. Presidents Reagan and Kennedy were Irish and Bill Clinton was half-irish. Tougher than nails, they are regarded as great fighters and even greater writers. (Think Joyce, Yeats, Doyle, etc.) Once looked down upon (by the boring ass wasps..) they rose up through the ranks of American society and are now one of the most popular and successful groups in the country.
George Clooney, Harrison Ford, Sean Penn, Conan O'Brien, Tom Brady, Sharon Stone, Vince McMahon, Brian Williams, Jack Welch, Carson Daly, Nolan Ryan, Dennis Leary, Pat Riley, Dropkick Murphys, JFK, Tom Clancy, Lindsay Lohan, Jenny McCarthy, are all Irish-Americans
Irish Americans are people descended from Irish immigrants to North America. Originally highly discriminated against by resident Americans. Though the initial discrimination has faded considerably over the past couple hundred years, many people native to the United Kingdom hold an intense bias against these people insisting they are not Irish, due to their being accustomed to the label not as a culture or ethnicity, but as a nationality.
It should be known that Irish Americans do not consider themselves to be Irish nationals, but instead as descendants from the natives of Ireland, most of whom are known to have emigrated from Ireland during the Great Potato Famines.
Those living in the United Kingdom, and at times Ireland, tend to react dismissively of these people's acceptance of their heritage.
In some way, this is a form of racism against the group, in an attempt to deny them their cultural and ethnic origins (let's face it, Irish ancestry is still a form of racial ancestry, and anyone who would be as quick to deny it ought be equally willing to deny the ancestry of anyone from any other national ancestry).
Though many neglect the history of their people and attest to their heritage out of ignorance there are many who maintain an informed perspective of their history as a people. It is unfortunate, however, that people react so negatively to the acceptance of a cultural origin.
"I'm Irish American."
"You you aren't, you git, you're just American."
"And Americans are a mismatch of different ethnic and cultural origins culminating in the form of not one culture, but many, among which are Irish Americans."
A person born in America that is of Irish descent. Despite what others seem to think, an Irish-American person may have not been to Ireland, but this does not deny the existence of Irish in their blood. Millions of Irish immigrants fled to America even until the 1930's and settled thus creating families and spreading their blood lines. If ones' great grandparents or such came from Ireland, does that Irish blood not carry on to them even though they happened to born in America? Someone could easily have Irish parents and be born in Russia, or anywhere for that matter, but they are are still Irish no matter what country they happen enter the world into.
These are just a few great Irish-Americans. Ronald Reagan, James Cagney, Errol Flynn, Frank & Malachy McCourt, and many other greats.
1)Americans whose distant ancestors came from Ireland. Many contries built by immigration use hyphens to denote cultural ties, such as Canada, US, England and Australia. Mainly American, they nonetheless retain the physical and cultural characteristics of Ireland (dark or red hair, pale and thin) and are identified as Irish by the general population and sometimes suffer discrimination due to these physical traits.
2)Americans whose parents are Irish
3)Americans born in the US but raised in Ireland, see Frank McCourt,writer; Aidan Quinn,actor ; Eamon DeValera, patriot and first president of Ireland
4)The people who raised cash and weapons so that the Irish war of Independence could be fought. Without Irish American support there would be no Republic of Ireland
Some Irish claim that Irish-Americans are not Irish at all, but they always lay claim the famous ones, such as Eugene O'Neill and Frank McCourt as their talents are so "Irish".