There a number of misconceptions about our lovely little island when people around the world think of Ireland with a number of stereotypes that are just plain ridiculous we don't have leprechauns running riot across the land but then there are the Irish stereotypes that are actually very true and quite spot on about us Irish.
It's our favourite conversation starter. It has the ability to put even the most uptight individual at ease with one mention of "sure look at the weather we're having". And one thing you are guaranteed to discover is that we are never happy with the weather we are experiencing.
If it's a beautiful sunny day, someone will complain "it's too bloody hot" and if it's raining, which it usually is, we give out about that too. We're difficult to please.
This follows on from our weather obsession and lack of satisfaction with the meteorological situation on a daily basis. We love to complain, about anything. The weather, the roads, the public transport system, the lack of funds for socialising - nothing is safe, but then again, are we really any worse than any other nation? We here at The Sliced Pan don't hide the fact that we love our tea, in fact, more conversations about tea have taken place in the office in the last few days than would be heard in Bewleys all year.
It's one of the best commodities known to man and it has a place at every occasion in the Irish social calendar. The Irish drink tea on a daily basis, it's what gets us out of bed in the morning. It also has magical curing powers and is frequently used as a remedy for shock. If you are Irish and don't drink tea, it's probably best to keep that odd fact to yourself. Since us Irish have become synonymous with a culture of heavy drinkers it appears we have lived up to the name and taken it upon ourselves to honour the title bestowed upon us.
You think that the older you get, the more you can handle your drink and know your limits. This isn't usually the case. Getting older just means more money to spend on fancier drinks which then leads to a two-day hangover.
Will we ever learn? The Irish are known globally as joyous potato-lovers, and we aren't even ashamed to admit this is entirely accurate. Our love for the ball of fluffy white goodness is unfaltering and those rare breeds who aren't the biggest fan of potatoes have the utmost respect for them and wouldn't dare bad mouth them.
Such a versatile ingredient there is no end to their talent for adding the much needed carbs to any meal. The Irish Mammy is a widespread spectacle with a unique personality trait of being over-protective, usually most commonly in relation to the sons of an Irish family.
Known for her sensational one liners she will drive you mad, while simultaneously providing constant entertainment. But her constant nagging comes from a place of love and should be embraced and appreciated.Irish immigration to the United States has left a lasting impression on American culture.
Although the Irish had been immigrating to America since colonial times, the largest waves of immigrants came in the s -- during the Irish Potato Famine. Once they settled in the United States, the Irish imported and adapted their cuisine, genres of music, religious traditions and a new style of political organizing, among many other traditions. The Irish brought a rich culinary tradition that they adapted to the foods available in America.
A case in point is the Irish-American dish of corned beef and cabbage. In Ireland, the Irish frequently ate boiled pork products -- ham, salt pork or bacon -- with cabbage and potatoes. Once they arrived in America, however, they found pork was more expensive than beef, so they replaced pork with corned beef.
The dish was often eaten in establishments that are now essential to America's restaurant landscape -- the Irish pub. The Irish public house is an Irish institution, a gathering place to eat, drink and enjoy Irish culture. When the Irish arrived in America, especially in the s, they faced harsh discrimination from nativist groups like the Know Nothings. Anti-Catholic sentiments in America forced the Irish to fall back on traditions of ethnic organization that they had known in Ireland.
In the 19th century, Irish-Americans stuck together in their places of employment and built the infrastructure for America's labor unions. This included unions in the public sector, such as those associated with police forces, railroad workers and utility contractors.
Patrick's Day is a day when Americans celebrate Irish culture. Irish immigrants actually made the holiday more popular in America than it was in Ireland. Up until the midth century, St. Patrick's Day was a minor religious holiday in Ireland, where families attended Catholic mass and had a large meal.
In keeping with Irish immigrants' desire to maintain ethnic solidarity, they turned St. Patrick's Day into an annual celebration of Irish heritage.
The roots of this idea were found as early aswhen Irish soldiers in the British Army marched through New York City to reconnect with their heritage on March The Irish in America earned a reputation for hot tempers and fervent pugilism that culminated in the introduction of a new sport -- boxing.
Rooted in a sense of Irish solidarity against anti-Catholic opponents, boxing often intertwined with politics. The power brokers of New York City's Tammany Hall, hired thugs who used their fists to assert the political machine's power.
Irish-American immigrants brought new styles of music and types of lyrics to America's music scene. Stephen Foster, an American composer, incorporated Irish lyricism and pentatonic scale into his works.
Kevin Wandrei has written extensively on higher education. His work has been published with Kaplan, Textbooks. Irish Traditions Brought to America. About the Author.Those who identify as Irish or as having Irish ancestry usually refer to family lines that originate in Ireland, an island nation in the Atlantic ocean, off the coasts of England and Scotland. Irish ancestry can be characterized by family name or ancestral place, language, and even religion or historical customs.
Many Irish immigrants who live in the diaspora, such as Irish Americans, can identify with their Irish heritage through cultural practices and traditions. In Ireland, about 93 percent of the country identifies as ethnic Irish.
The Irish trace their ancestry to the Celts, who came to Ireland in the first century. Irish ancestry also includes the influence of the Vikings, French Normans, Anglo-Saxons, the Scots, and the British throughout history.
The Gaels speak Gaelic Irish and are considered to be the culture carriers, or origin, of ethnic Irish today. Irish Travelers are characterized by their nomadic lifestyle and speak Cant or Shelta. Many people with Irish ancestry trace a relationship to ethic Irish groups such as the Gaels.
In addition to ethnic Irish in Ireland, there is a small British population who have intermarried with ethnic Irish and share in Irish ancestry that way. Common Irish names are typically derived from Gaelic, though many other Irish surnames are also Scottish and English.
Many other names are "single ancestor" names, meaning that they come from a family line. Ancestry lines based on surnames are also commonly traced to a particular town or region in Ireland.
Historically, ethnic Irish were strongly associated with Roman Catholicism, though many are also Protestant commonly a part of Anglican and Presbyterian churches. A history of English colonization of Ireland has stressed a divide between Irish Catholics and Protestants, but that divide does not exist as strongly today as it once did, especially in the Irish Diaspora. In Northern Ireland, however, many Irish see their identity as Catholics important to their ethnic and national identity.
This is due to the history of Northern Ireland's partition from the Republic of Ireland inwhen Ulster Protestants whose ancestry stems from British Protestant setter colonists split from the rest of Ireland to remain under control of the United Kingdom. The Irish celebrate a great history of artists, writers, music and dance.
Modern rock bands such as U2 and Van Morrison also come from Irish background, with their music inspired by Irish culture. Many dancers with Irish ancestry celebrate and learn the traditional step-dancing featured in the internationally acclaimed Riverdance show.
Irish art itself is inspired by Irish culture, with motifs of Celtic crosses a common design and emblem for Irish ancestry. Dianne Laguerta is a graduate of Mount Holyoke College with a bachelor's degree in history and Middle Eastern studies.
She studied and conducted research in Cairo, Egypt during the Egyptian elections, and has traveled throughout the Middle East.Blonde hair is common but various shades of brown and dark tones are the most common.
Ireland is one of the few countries where Blue eyes are the majority with a smaller portion of the population having brown eyes. Overall they are tall by world standards. Usually Irish men are taller than average except Scandinavian countries and are more often than not well-built with strong features and quite attractive.
Irish people are actually a mishmash of many different races; the Etruscan, vikings, Celts, Normans and Brits, Celtic blood seems to be predominant however accounting for the paler features. As for the inherit-ability of the traits, most Irish people look indistinguishable from your average american on the street.
I myself have Bright green eyes, with dirty blonde hair except its brown with blonde highlights right now. I have fair skin it gets super white when i havnt been in the sun but i tan pretty good when im out on the beach and stuff.
So depends on the season but i guess that can go for quite a few people. I have a slightly upturned nose. Some freckles.
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As far as personality iam pretty quick to anger unfortunately. Im a hot head.Americans Try Irish Accents
Something im working on. Im really sarcastic haha. And i am always joking and just being funny every chance i get.Irish influence in America is steeped in a history that is as integrated with the land as the natural characteristics themselves. Irish support has not only been welcomed, but is also appreciated.
Irish immigrants have shouldered the battles of the American Civil War alongside the natives and other settlers. They led union efforts and displayed their inherent power of organizing to add quality to the land they adopted. This lady of Irish descent was involved in improvisation of workers unions throughout the US for more than fifty years of her life.
She worked hard to ensure timely arrests of people behind unscrupulous attacks on the labor force. Earning audiences with US Presidents was a way of fortifying her initiatives and this gave a number of Irish politicians a rostrum to rule from federal positions.
Kennedy are products of the initiatives taken by her. The immigrants from Ireland who made the United States their home were positively changed by the nation. Their hard work and dedication was richly rewarded by a lifestyle that contemporaries craved back in Ireland. They not only supported one another, but worked towards a common cause — further glorification of this rich and mighty nation.
The immigrants contributed to their culture and way of life in a number of ways. They took on political and religious leadership, while stirring the soul of the nation with their inherent charm. The world of journalism and entertainment have been enriched by their association and integration. From the world of sport to everyday terminology within the American language, Irish immigrants to the United States have given the country nothing but the best.
Retaining their own identity and heritage, they have added quality and dignity to the country. In fact, the strength of the Irish-American community in New York city is any day more than the population of Dublin! Catholic Irish immigrants have selflessly signed up and supported the American Civil War. They filed in without hue or cry for draft riots and family reunification programs. Their struggle with the English was momentary.
Fleeing the economic distress and social disharmony in the motherland, they found security and stability in America. This distinctive group answered English oppression with American acceptance. In return, they contributed in more ways than one as leaders and supporters of causes that were common to the mixed group of people. They integrated within a culture that was already a super-mix of natives and settlers from other parts of Europe. Irish immigrants made it to political cartoons as well as the celluloid.
Irish songs stirred their sense of discrimination, to address a number of socio-political issues. They dared the most difficult jobs and redefined the faith of the government in the group. From the emancipation of slaves to modern scholarships and postulates, Irish-Americans are woven into the very fabric of America.
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It is mandatory to procure user consent prior to running these cookies on your website. Skip to primary navigation Skip to main content Skip to primary sidebar Skip to footer Significant Irish Contributions to Mainstream American Culture Irish influence in America is steeped in a history that is as integrated with the land as the natural characteristics themselves.
In contrast to Ireland, surveys since the s have shown consistent majorities or pluralities of Americans who self-identify as being of Irish ancestry as also self-identifying as being Protestant  and are actually mostly Scotch-Irish  the American descendants of Ulster Protestants mostly Ulster Scots who emigrated from Ireland to the United States en masse from the early 18th century through the early s.
Three million people separately self-identified as Scotch-Irish,  but demographers have long assumed the U. Census Bureau self-identification estimate of the Scotch-Irish to be a serious undercount in part, because along with English and other British ancestries, many Scotch-Irish self-identify as being of " American ancestry ".
Half of the Irish immigrants to the United States in its colonial era — came from the Irish province of Ulster while the other half came from the other three provinces of Ireland LeinsterMunsterand Connacht. As a consequence, the population only grew due to sustained immigration rather than natural increaseand many of those who survived their indentured servitude contracts left the region.
Indentured servitude in North America emerged in part due to the high cost of passage across the Atlantic Ocean  and as a consequence, which colonies indentured servants immigrated to depended upon which colonies their patrons chose to immigrate to.
Catholic-Protestant interdenominational marriage was not common, Catholic-Protestant intermarriages nearly always resulted in conversion to Catholicism by Protestant marital partners, and children who were born as the result of Catholic-Protestant intermarriages were nearly always raised as Catholics.
In contrast to 17th-century Maryland, the PlymouthMassachusetts Bay and Connecticut Colonies restricted suffrage to members of the established Puritan church, while the Province of Carolina did not restrict suffrage to members of the established Anglican church. In the 18th century, emigration from Ireland to the Thirteen Colonies shifted from being primarily Catholic to being primarily Protestantand with the exception of the s it would remain so until the mid-to-late s,   with Presbyterians constituting the absolute majority until Inthe Maryland General Assembly passed a law which banned the Jesuits from proselytizingbaptizing children other than those with Catholic parents, and publicly conducting Catholic Mass.
Two months after its passage, the General Assembly modified the legislation to allow Mass to be privately conducted for an month period, and inthe General Assembly passed a law which permanently allowed Mass to be privately conducted.
During this period, the General Assembly also began levying taxes on the passage of Irish Catholic indentured servants, and inthe General Assembly required a religious test for voting that resumed disenfranchisement of Catholics. From tothough scholarly estimates vary, the most common approximation is thatimmigrants from Ireland emigrated to the Thirteen Colonies.
In the 18th-century Thirteen Colonies and the independent United States, while interethnic marriage among Catholics remained a dominant pattern, Catholic-Protestant intermarriage became more common notably in the Shenandoah Valley where intermarriage among Ulster Protestants and the small number of Irish Catholics in particular was not uncommon or stigmatized and while fewer Catholic parents required that their children be disinherited in their wills if they renounced Catholicism, it remained more common among Catholic parents to do so if their children renounced their parents faith in proportion to the rest of the U.
Following the conclusion of the War of the Seventh Coalition and Napoleon 's exile to Saint Helena inthere was a six-year international economic depression that led to plummeting agricultural prices in Ireland. From to, more immigrants came from Ulster to the United States,   as part of a migration of approximately 1 million immigrants from Ireland from to Historians have characterized the etymology of the term " Scotch-Irish " as obscure,  and the term itself is misleading and confusing to the extent that even its usage by authors in historic works of literature about the Scotch-Irish such as The Mind of the South by W.
Cash is often incorrect. Leyburn note that usage of the term is unique to North American English and it is rarely used by British historians, or in Scotland or Ireland.
However, multiple historians have noted that from the time of the American Revolutionary War untilthe term largely fell out of usage, because most Ulster Protestants self-identified as "Irish" until large waves of immigration by Irish Catholics both during and after the s Great Famine in Ireland led those Ulster Protestants in America who lived in proximity to the new immigrants to change their self-identification from "Irish" to "Scotch-Irish," [list 6] while those Ulster Protestants who did not live in proximity to Irish Catholics continued to self-identify as "Irish," or as time went on, to start self-identifying as being of " American ancestry.
Leyburn argued for retaining its usage for reasons of utility and preciseness,  while historian Wayland F. Dunaway also argued for retention for historical precedent and linguistic description.
During the colonial period, Scots-Irish settled in the southern Appalachian backcountry and in the Carolina Piedmont. By the 19th century, through intermarriage with settlers of English and German ancestry, the descendants of the Scots-Irish lost their identification with Ireland.
However, beginning in the early 19th century, many Irish migrated individually to the interior for work on large-scale infrastructure projects such as canals and, later in the century, railroads. The Scots-Irish settled mainly in the colonial "back country" of the Appalachian Mountain region, and became the prominent ethnic strain in the culture that developed there. Irish immigrants of this period participated in significant numbers in the American Revolutionleading one British major general to testify at the House of Commons that "half the rebel Continental Army were from Ireland.
During the s and '30s, Bishop England defended the Catholic minority against Protestant prejudices. In andhe established free schools for free African American children. Inflamed by the propaganda of the American Anti-Slavery Societya mob raided the Charleston post office in and the next day turned its attention to England's school. England led Charleston's "Irish Volunteers" to defend the school. Soon after this, however, all schools for "free blacks" were closed in Charleston, and England acquiesced.Search Search.
Menu Sections. T he 'science' of eugenics was born in Doyle's lifetime, and he died even as it was being turned by the Nazis into an evil parody of intellectual inquiry. Thanks to that bunch, the western liberal world has largely disallowed the opening aphorism of this column to stand, if the 'truth' in questions concerns the cousin of eugenics, namely genetics, as an explanation for group conduct.
Now we know that both schizophrenia and alcoholism are inherited traits. We also know that Ireland has higher rates of both illnesses than any other country in Europe. So what if there are other genetically transmitted mental traits which are beyond the normally accepted confines of 'mental illness'? What if they caused behavioural characteristics that were specific to Irish people? What if the prevalence of these genetic characteristics then helped shape the culture of the Irish so that they became societal norms, thus affecting the behaviour of people who were themselves not inheritors of the genes?
It is not then a question of nature and nurture: the two are intertwined. The result is that academically-despised phenomenon: national character.
Irish Traditions Brought to America
The DNA evidence for the origins of the Irish, curiously enough, conforms pretty closely with Irish mythology: the first Irish apparently arrived by boat from Spain. The new Irish would presumably have been small in number and, if interrelated, might well have possessed a number of distinctive genes in unusual concentrations. Some of these genes could presumably have inclined their owners towards mental illness and alcoholism. Possibly other genes caused a predisposition to disregard the future tense.
Impetuosity, a refusal to plan, a contempt for consequence: for whatever reason, these would become common characteristics of the Irish people. We know about other characteristics, which we are allowed to celebrate: a gregariousness, a volubility, an affable charm, a clannishness, an amiable distinctiveness, especially compared to the English.
Despite the fact that the vast majority of immigrants to the US before the Famine were English, that English common law and English political libertarian culture are the basis for American freedoms, and that the founding fathers and the vast majority of subsequent US presidents are of English extraction, there is no such thing as "English-American. There are the good Irish-Americans, than whom there is nothing better: the US Marine Corps is full of them, and no ethnic group has provided the corps with more splendid leaders.
And there is the bad Irish-American, the Tammany Hall spiv, the blathering Noraid sociopath, reaching its dismal apogee with Richard Daly, mayor of Chicago, criminally fixing the presidential election for John F Kennedy in Stealing or packing ballot boxes, personating, corrupting the democratic will: familiar, anyone?
Yet even to consider that the characteristics of Irishness might have some genetic basis is to violate an all-powerful political taboo. And one such characteristic is both very close to a psychiatric condition and also a commonplace political phenomenon within Irish life: a perpetual sense of victimhood. Though admittedly, career victimhood is not uniquely Irish.
In the US, it has formed a tactical alliance with political correctness, to prevent a reasoned, all-reaching analysis of why African-American society has been so very dysfunctional. The idea that 'race' -- or rather a specific genetic-inheritance within an ethnic group -- might be a determinant in that group's behaviour is, a priori, ideologically unacceptable. Scientific inquiry is either not allowed to consider the role of genetics on the conduct of an ethnic group, or if it is -- as in the Bell Curve theories -- its findings are ridiculed on almost entirely political grounds.