The association between Americans who are 1/4 Irish with a country they have never visited and know nothing about is very similar to 5th generation Italians kids wearing John Gotti shirts and going on and on about their mothers hand made mannicotti in order to "embrace" their ethnicity.
Get a clue and embrace something worthwhile such as the poets and artists that Ireland cultivated and not ale and binge drinking. At least get to know your culture and associate yourself with an Irish club in your town and bring pride to your people instead of being a shameless, sloppy drunk and then saying "Hey it's okay if i drink 10 beers a day, I'm Irish!"
College kid #2 - "Oh cool, you must have alot of pride in the beautiful language of Gailic. How do you feel about the struggle going on in your country right now?"
College kid #1 - " I don't know what you're talking about but let's play some Dropkick Murphy's and pick a fight with some dirty British faggot for trying to take over my country because I'm so Irish"!
College kid #2 - "Why are you randomly speaking in an Irish accent?"
Me: Oh really where from Ireland?
Emiley: You know.... Dublin!
Me: Yeah sure....
John:Hey Im Irish
Me:Oh really were from?
Me: Oh woah im from Cill Cullen!
2. Only country with a holiday celebrated world-wide.
3. Is not full of alcoholics.
4. No-Leprechauns aren't real you dumbasses.
5. If you're from there you rock!!
6. The greenest and most beautiful country.
7. Home to amazing musicians and actors. (U2, The Script, The Cranberries, Colin Farrell, etc.)
8. You are one lucky son of a bitch if you've got Irish blood running through your veins.
Seeing as Ireland's economy is on the rocks at the moment I though it'd be nice to remember some of the things that we can be proud of while we're on the road to recovery! (Oh and while I'm bored offshore!)
There's a disproportionately high amount of stuff to be proud of for such a small country... IRELAND IS AWESOME!!!
1: Seamus Heaney (Yes England your Poet Laureate was once Irish! )
2: WB Yeats
3: George Bernard Shaw
4: Brian Friel
5: James Joyce (Possibly the most significant writer of the 20th Century)
6: Jonathan Swift
7: Samuel Beckett
Entertainment and Arts:
Where do we start here?!
4: Daniel O Donnell
5: The Chieftans
6: Van Morrisson
7: Damien Rice
8: The Corrs
9: Sinead O' Connor
11: The Cranberries
14: The Pogues/Shane McGowan (Christmas just wouldn't be the same without them now would it?!)
15: Seven... Yes SEVEN Eurovision wins. Who else has done that???
16: Johnny Logan
Science and Exploration:
1: Robert Boyle (Boyles law's)
2: John Tyndall (Now you know why the sky is blue!)
3: Ernest Walton (Nuclear physicist)
4: Lord Kelvin.... Now why does "Kelvin" sound familiar???
5: Ernest Shackleton... Enough Said!
1: Munster Rugby
2: Irelands rugby team. Grand Slam Winners 2009
3: Padraig Harrington. (Golfing Sensation)
4: Irelands Cricket Team (Surprisingly successful all of a sudden!)
We have three. Yes THREE UNESCO World Heritage Sites!!!
1: Skellig Michael
2: Bend of the Boyne
3: The Giants Causeway
That's all I can think of for now. Pretty amazing for 15mins research online. =D
" Ireland, IRELAND, together standing tall.
Shoulder, to shoulder....We'll answer IRELAND's CALL!!! "
"Oh cool dude you're British!"
"No, you idiot, that would make me NORTHERN Irish!"
Me: And how much would that be, Like?
American:...Hey Dude whats your accent?
Me: *Ears Recovering from loud reaction*....
American: My Great Great Aunt on my moms side is Irish shes from Glasgow!
Me:Glasgow's in Scotland.....
American:Scotland, Ireland Same thing!....
Me:*Thinking: no, no its not.*
American:...hey can you say something Irish?!?!?
Amercian: Irish Say Something Irish
Me:Téigh trasna ort féin
American:Thats not Irish thats Gibberish!
Me:Yea it is Irish you said Irish....
American:No thats Gibberish
Me:Fuck off keep the fuckin' change
Me: *Walks out of Store*