St. Patrick’s Day and being Irish in the time of COVID-19

I wanted to share a post for St. Patrick’s Day that reflected that warmth and extent of the Irish community around the world. Millions have their family roots in small villages that lost most of their residents to either the famine or to emigration, and yet we are all proud of our heritage even when it might just be a quarter of our DNA or less. This is a lovely post from Audrey Nickel on The Geeky Gaeilgeoir which says all of that far better than I could.

So, a chairde, this is not the post I thought I would be sharing today.

For the past several weeks I’ve been working on a post on what it means to say “I’m Irish.” It’s something several friends on both sides of the question have asked me to address — why it is that Irish-Americans insist on referring to themselves as “Irish.”

It’s something that really bothers some people, and a culture clash that seemed ripe for the sharing near St. Patrick’s Day. I get it. I’ve been working on it with the goal of publishing today, and I have to say that, as of yesterday morning, I was no more than three paragraphs short of giving it a final proof and hitting “publish.”

But in the end I couldn’t do it. Because, while there are valid arguments on both sides (“My grandfather came from Ireland!” “You’re not Irish, you’re American! Deal with it!”), right now, I can’t make myself focus on things that divide us.

So much has changed

Please head over and enjoy this post, whether you are Irish or not, you will still get a warm welcome I am sure.


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23 thoughts on “St. Patrick’s Day and being Irish in the time of COVID-19

  1. It’s the same question to ask African-Americans…Mexican-Americans….Cuban Americans…Chinese-Americans ( and all the hyphenated categories the government pushes on us on form after form after form…)
    geesch, where you are born is what you are…heritage is fine, but it’s heritage and ancestry.
    Perhaps far too much emphasis on diversity here – and sharing ancestral celebrations (hey, food and parities are meant to be shared as far as I’m concerned) …or just people’s wishful thinking to be part of something they admire..
    But hey, in this time of the bad beer virus, we can at least all be human, right? Cheers ( and great post!)

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