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Why I'm proud to be Irish (annual repost)

Sunday, March 17, 2013

My father thought I couldn't do Irish right, since I don't hate the English. But as the great Irish hero Michael Collins said (at least in the movie), "Nothing good was ever built on hate.

My ex and his family ridiculed me for being Irish. They're a different ethnicity (I won't say which one) and thought Irish was a terrible, low-class thing to be. Did you know we're nothing but a bunch of rowdy, lazy, low-class prudish drunks? Gee, I didn't.

Well, let me tell you something -- I am freakin' PROUD to be Irish! Let me count the ways:

1. Ireland was the first nation to abolish slavery (during or shortly after the time of St. Patrick -- at least 1,100 years ago).

2. During the Dark Ages St. Patrick's order in Ireland kept learning alive in Europe.

3. The Irish were a force in building three nations -- Canada, Australia and the US.

4. At least half of American music has its roots in Ireland. Do you like country music? Thank Ireland. The influence of Irish music on American country and the music of other nations is broader than you think. Country artist Charlie Daniels is one of the purest Celtic fiddlers this country has produced (I wonder if he knows that?).

5. Irish graphic arts and poetry have incredible depth and beauty.

6. Ireland not only withstood 700 years of occupation, but persevered and eventually won her freedom. In fact, a friend once mentioned, "When Ireland was conquered." I held up a hand and said, "Ireland may have been invaded and occupied. She was NEVER conquered."

Am I getting sickening yet? Guess what? I don't care. I am beyond proud that the blood of Ireland fills my veins.

As a tribute to the home of my heart and heritage, here is The Soldiers' Song, the Irish national anthem:

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
MRS_TOAD 3/19/2013 8:26AM

    Hope you had a great St. Patrick's Day!

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WALLAHALLA 3/18/2013 4:11PM

    emoticon I've been curious as of late, as to whether or not Ireland is over ran with mice and rats since there are not any snakes to eat them. Do you know?

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    Add to your list that the Irish were instrumental in developing the New York City subway systems. Sandhog was a terrible, dangerous job back then, with the threat of tunnel collapse hanging literally overhead. Some of the stations are 8 or 9 stories down. emoticon Without these brave men, New York City would not have grown as it has.

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YOBETHIE 3/18/2013 8:50AM

    Did you know that Ireland is the only country that has a musical instrument (the harp) as it's national symbol? I am also proud to be Irish!

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THINRONNA 3/18/2013 2:22AM

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GLAMNGLOWDIVA 3/18/2013 1:19AM

    That is wonderful to be proud of who you are and where you come from.

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PINKNFITCARLA 3/17/2013 10:42PM

    I'm proud to be Irish as well! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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ELSCO55 3/17/2013 10:37PM

    Woo Hoo, thanks for giving me more reasons to be proud of my irish ancestry!

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MONETRUBY 3/17/2013 8:33PM

    I love reading this every year! I hope your St. Paddy's Day was very green.

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SHERYLDS 3/17/2013 8:20PM

    Everybody is Irish on St Paddy's Day......

{...but my latin genes have rhythm and better music...} emoticon

hope you enjoyed your day

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MERRYMARY42 3/17/2013 8:15PM

    I have a wee bit of the Irish blood coursing through my veins, but actually, I lay claim to almost any nationality, really German, almost 100% but Chinese New Year, I celebrate too.

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CATLADY52 3/17/2013 5:57PM

    A cheer for all the Irish lads and lassies in our midst! emoticon emoticon

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1CRAZYDOG 3/17/2013 5:28PM

    Enjoy! Happy St. Patrick's Day.

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VHALKYRIE 3/17/2013 3:12PM

    Interesting facts! Happy St. Patrick's Day!


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HARROWJET 3/17/2013 2:23PM

    Enjoy the day. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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CAROLJEAN64 3/17/2013 2:08PM

    Wonderful... my daughter's first name is her Irish grandmother's maiden name. My favorite Irish song is "Raise to me the parting glass." In fact I want it sung at my funeral.

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NASFKAB 3/17/2013 1:49PM

  Happy St Pstrick's day all the best

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CHEFSOPHIE 3/17/2013 1:46PM

    I totally agree. While not 100% Irish, my Gradmother Margaret Mary Hayes came from Ireland through Ellis Island. My favorite poet is William Butler Yeats and the Chieftans and Van Morrison are high on my list of favorites.

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CARRAND 3/17/2013 1:41PM

    Yeah Irish!

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LIS193 3/17/2013 12:33PM

    Happy St. Patrick's Day

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GLINDAW 3/17/2013 12:11PM

    emoticon Happy St. Patrick's Day! You should be proud!

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IAMFRANSGIRL 3/17/2013 11:53AM

    Proud to be Irish too! I've just gotten back from the local St.Pat's celebration and it was wonderful to amongst so many others proud to be Irish!
Here's some more for your list:

Per Capita they have the most Nobel prize winners. Literature includes Seamus Heaney, Samuel Beckett, WB Yeats, and GB Shaw. There are also some lesser known, like Mairead Corrigan Maguire, for peace,and in science Ernest Walton.

Seven Eurovision Song Contest wins! emoticon


Some say ann Irishman was the first of Christopher Columbus’ crew to step on American soil

Scientist Robert Boyle, considered the "father of chemistry"
Physicist William Thomson (Lord Kelvin). He designed the mirror-galvonometer which was used in the first successful transatlantic telegraph cable , in 1866.
He also designed a new improved compass and 1882, it was adopted by all British navy vessels.

Liam Neeson, Need I say more...

A very Happy Saint Patrick's day to you! emoticon

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NEW-CAZ 3/17/2013 11:51AM

    emoticon Good for you!
Happy St. Patrick's Day!

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MUFFINSKI 3/17/2013 11:22AM

    Good for you!
There is a marvelous book, "How the Irish Saved Civilization" by Thomas Cahill I think you'd like.
I'm not Irish, (My hubby is part Irish), but I am a history buff and I highly recommend this book!

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STLOUISWOMAN 3/17/2013 11:18AM

    People do have some strange opinions, don't they? I am half Irish & proud of it. Both paternal grandparents were born in Irleand & came to the US as young adults.

We all have to be from somewhere.

Happy St. Patrick's Day!


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