An American-American whose Great Great Great Grandmother's cousin once wore a green skirt and drank a pint of Guinness.
I spoke to an Irish-American (from Boston of course) and took great pleasure in telling him that my great-grandfather was Irish and involved in the Easter Uprising. It was true, he was Head of his Lodge in the Orange Order and became a section commander in the Black and Tans. He defended his Dublin against the Fenian insurrectionists (note: rising against the lawful government during wartime is punishable by death in most countries) and personally shot some of them.
by fubarderby June 22, 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
A person in the US whose distant relatives were smart enough and industrious enough to escape a dull and drunken land for a better life.
Irish-American, John O'Riley, has his great-great-great-grandfather to thank for everything good in his life and not having to live the cursed existance of his slow-witted distant cousins, of sitting on their asses all day drinking, smoking and complaining.
by Robert Murphy March 27, 2007
An American whose Irish ancestor(s) had the balls and sense to leave a impoverished, theocratic, and otherwise rainy shithole of a country unlike the the descendants of the pussies who stayed. (see Irish)
Irish-Americans often look like Irish, but they have nicer teeth.
by Bull McCabe May 01, 2006
Once regarded as "white ethnics" by suburban Anglo-Americans, Irish-Americans are the most badass of all AMERICAN demographics. They are more American than they are Irish, but they are more Irish than anyone else in the United States (which makes them better). They are passionate about little actually coming from Ireland, but anything coming from South Boston or Manhattan’s West Side is fucking kickass in their eyes. Kind of like African-Americans with Atlanta or Italian-Americans with New York. They don’t really give a damn about the lifestyles or societies of people living in fucking Kenya or Polermo, they just like Sinatra or 50 cent.

Irish-Americans… or at least Americans who call themselves Irish have given us and have inspired:

-The Dropkick Murphys
-The Westies; a psychotic group of ultra violent career criminals in Hell’s Kitchen that were called one of the most savage organizations in the long history of New York street gangs by Rudolph Guliani
-Whitey Bulger: arguably one the most dishonorable and most impressive mob kingpins in recent history ( he’s second only to Osama on the FBI’s most wanted list)
-James Cagney
-The bad guys in “Last Man Standing”
-the movie and book SLEEPERS
-the movie Mystic River
-The upcoming movie the Departed
-Denis Leary
-One of the main characters in Bullet
-The song “Jump Around”
-Jack Dempsy: one of the greatest boxers of all time
-The American street gang
-The drive-by shooting (Mad Dog Coll, look it up!)

-Did you see that crazy Irish guy.
-I assume you are indicating the working-class, green-wearing, intoxicated, obnoxious, loud, humorous, red-faced, quick tempered, American individual who was brawling in that Boston bar called the Shamrock Pub.
-Fine, if I call him an Irish-American guy will you shut the fuck up, you globally-conscious bastard?!?
Annoying people whose ancestors come from a horrible country that has never contributed anything to civilization. They are proud of their Irish heritage even though are not from Ireland and their parents are not from Ireland. Every March they tie up traffic with their stupid foreign St. Patrick’s Day parade and us un-hyphenated Americans can’t complain because that would make us a bigot. Of course of you tried to celebrate July 4th in Dublin you would probably get shot. Question for Irish-Americans when do you stop being Irish-Americans and start being simply Americans. As Teddy Roosevelt said, “There is no such thing as a hyphenated American.”
There is no such thing as an Irish American.

Can I see your Irish-American passport? Oh i'm sorry it doesn't exist because you are a poser.

by I_hate_hyphenated_americans January 02, 2007
Someone who is, in the majority of cases, not actually Irish at all. To be Irish, you have to be born in IRELAND. Its a relatlively small Island off the coast of the UK for those who don't know...

This whole identity seems to be popular amongst people who seem to be attracted to aligning with and relating to a nationality that is often seen to be; a minority, hard done by, repressed, and most importantly of all, WHITE. Yes, that is why it is regarded by some to be attractive to be strongly linked to this diaspora, YOU ARE HARD DONE BY, AND WHITE!!!!!!!!!! amazing! That, in my opinion, is why so many people want to be an Irish American, for them it is much better than being 'Mexican' or 'Black'. You're just American, get over it.
Well, im irish american me... Yeah and proud. Wait, can you put the subtitles on for this irish accent on the tv here? yeah, my great great grandma came to the US from Ireland in 1802. Her maiden name was Chan.
by rasta0001 April 09, 2008
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