People who are loyal to America and Ireland at the same time,people who are hard workers,tough as nails,fun-loving,church goers who I support 115%!
John Fitzgerald Kennedy,people who survived the harsh criticism from other people who weren't Irish,great people with traditional Irish names like Fitzgerald,Fitzpatrick,Fitzsimmons and O'Reilly,and people who care about the U.S. of A. and the Emerald Isle!
The Irish-American is a great American!
by Fred Benson April 10, 2007
Americans who realise (or not)that everyone else in the world thinks they are retards and so desperately try to cling onto some other form of identity. Their surname is Irish thus almost proving that about 5 generations ago they must have had an Irish relative. They are therefore at least 1/32th Irish - the other 31/32th's are irrelevant - only the surname counts. Irish-Americans have most likely never been to Ireland and display no Irish traits and to anyone else would appear only American. However, they are still Irish and you should address them as such. The fact that most white American blood is that of the dastardly English is irrelevant.
Just about every American I've met described themselves as Irish-American, and I lived there. If it's not Irish then it's German, Swedish, Scottish etc. etc. Never ever English.
by SmartColin March 21, 2006
nearly every american claims to be Irish, but THEY ARENT
Irish person: yea im from Ireland
'Irish American' person: OMG my moms, grandmas, sisters, dads uncle, half brothers, step dads, sister in laws, moms second husbands sisters son is half Irish!! Isn't that crazy i'm like totally part Irish!!
by imirishyourenot May 08, 2011
Some poor Irish family in the 1800s left the Emerald Isles due to famine and sailed to America. Thus, they created new lives in American society, yet over a century onwards their great-great-great-great grandchildren insist that they are Irish. Even though they have never set foot on Irish turf in their life. It is an insult to the Irish nation and the Americans do get the piss taken for making such ridiculous claims. The Irish find it boring when, on holidays in the USA, the locals try to emphasise their Irishness. It doesn't work.
A - Oh, this guy I met in New York was telling me that he was Irish too.
B - Really? Whereabouts here is he from?
A - Well, he's never actually been to Ireland before, but his great-great-great grandfather sailed over to New York from Ireland in 1862...
B - Awh not another one of them eejits who insists that they're Irish?!
A - Yeah, I just nodded and supressed my laughter/anger!
by LSJ April 18, 2005
Unlike in Ireland, where one can be easliy defined as Irish, defing someone as American is inaccurate seeing as the country is roughly a hundred times bigger. Because America is so large, we actually have to specify what blood we've got in us when talking to each other. And there is no prouder blood to claim than Irish blood,(one could maybe argue Italian), because they had to put up with a lot of crap and prejudice(not nearly as much as the blacks, but a close second)
1.)Blacks and Irish need not apply
2.)Real Paddy: You're American
Irish-American: I'm Irish-American, America's a big fuckin country.
Paddy: You don't count, you're a yank, a wanabe.
Irish-American: My grandparents were born in Ireland, I think that gives me some big fuckin ties to it, you elitist douche.
Paddy: Feck off
by Collinf December 20, 2006
A person who was born and raised in America but think they are Irish because of their name, but they aren't so HAHA!!! You are not irish and never will be.
american person: yeah im irish.
Me: no you're not
AP: hello! My name is irish!
Me: your a fool.
by True Irish Lassie April 23, 2005
An individual born in America who is Irish on both sides for every generation back to the last family member born in Ireland.

I find it offensive that some of the "Irish - I was born here" are so hostile to Irish-Americans.

My family - whose names are Hughes, Rooney, Mullin, O'Brien, Daugherty, McMannus, among others - all left County Monaghan, Ireland in April of 1847 when they were put off the land by and English landowner and told to take the offered passage and go to British North America (Canada) or go to the poorhouse and starve with the other million people who died.

It's not like they left Ireland by choice. They were forced out, those who were able to stay in Ireland and keep body and soul together through the An Gorta Mor, who maybe had a decent landlord or owned a little land of their own - should be grateful to God that they didn't have to suffer the passage on the coffin ship my family came to Canada on.

I am the 4th generation not born in Ireland, but I am probably a lot more Irish than some born there. No English blood flows through my viens. I don't tell people I am Irish, I tell them I am American of Irish ancestry.
Irish born outside Ireland to Irish parents - Irish-American
by Sadhbh Sinead March 20, 2009

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