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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.
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1. An American whose ethnicity is partly or fully Irish
2. A person with both Irish and American citizenship
3. Everybody come March 17th
1. I was born in Boston, but my folks come from Dublin, making me an Irish-American.
2. I was born in Limerick, but moved to New York when I was 17, and became a citizen of America, making me an Irish-American,
3. It's St. Patrick's Day, making me an Irish-American
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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!
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Our brothers and sisters from across the water. Endured great hardships in the US, sent money home to help the motherland and reproduced like rabbits.
1. Individual with Irish heritage living in the US.

2. Irish individuals who become Irish Americans through naturalization.
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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."
"NUH UH!"
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