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I had that stubborn streak, the Irish in me I guess.
But let's just say, I'm Irish. I grew up in the 1950s. Religion had a very tight iron fist.
My father was totally Irish, and so I went to Ireland once. I found it to be very much like New York, for it was a beautiful country, and both the women and men were good-looking.
No, men and women of the Irish race, we shall not fight for England. We shall fight for the destruction of the British Empire and the construction of an Irish republic.
My mother is Irish, my father is black and Venezuelan, and me - I'm tan, I guess.
I would love to go back to any time in European history, especially in Irish history, to the second or third century, prior to the arrival of Christianity when Paganism flourished. I can always go back there in my imagination, of course. It doesn't cost anything, and it's a form of time travel, I suppose.
I'm just a loud Irish guy.
There are probably more annoying things than being hectored about African development by a wealthy Irish rock star in a cowboy hat, but I can't think of one at the moment.
I grew up in an Irish Catholic family, and I think they force you to watch every James Cagney movie.
I'm Irish, yeah, but I don't need to get up on a soapbox about it.
I'm an Irish Catholic and I have a long iceberg of guilt.
You gotta understand, my great-grandfather was German and Irish. My grandmother was Indian, and my grandfather was African-American, so we all got a little something in us.
For my last meal, I'd want an Irish breakfast with soda bread and one of my dad's omelettes with three or four eggs.
I think Paul McGuinness and U2 created the Irish music industry. It certainly wasn't there before that.
Irish Americans are no more Irish than Black Americans are Africans.
I worked the drive-through at McDonald's and tried out different accents - Italian, Russian, Irish.
I hold that the beginning of modern Irish drama was in the winter of 1898, at a school feast at Coole, when Douglas Hyde and Miss Norma Borthwick acted in Irish in a Punch and Judy show; and the delighted children went back to tell their parents what grand curses 'An Craoibhin' had put on the baby and the policeman.
I'm Irish, so I'm messing all the time. Which means, I'm having a laugh. I'm always making jokes.
One of my few childhood memories is as an eight-year-old, refused permission to watch the Hitchcock season on Irish television, sneakily viewing 'The Birds' though a crack in the living-room door. It transformed my hitherto perfectly enjoyable half-mile walk to school, down a country lane patrolled by watchful birds, into a terrifying ordeal.
Most boys' first hero is their father. That was definitely true of my dad. He was a proud Irish American and he taught me a lot about ethics and responsibility. He also introduced me to a lot of wonderful folk music.
John C. Reilly
In 1953 there were two ways for an Irish Catholic boy to impress his parents: become a priest or attend Notre Dame.
My mother's family were full-on Irish Catholics - faith in an elaborate old fashioned, highly conservative and madly baroque style. I sort of fell out of the tribe over women's rights and social justice issues when I was just 13 years old.
Once in my childhood I had been eager to learn Irish; I thought to get leave to take lessons from an old Scripture-reader who spent a part of his time in the parish of Killinane, teaching such scholars as he could find to read their own language in the hope that they might turn to the only book then being printed in Irish, the Bible.
The working classes in England were always sentimental, and the Irish and Scots and Welsh. The upper-class English are the stiff-upper-lipped ones. And the middle class. They're the ones who are crippled emotionally because they can't move up, and they're desperate not to move down.
When you ask your white friends what their cultural heritage is, they don't just say white. They give you a math equation. 'Well, I'm a third German and a fourth Irish and one-sixteenth Welsh and one-fortieth Native American for college applications.'
A. P. J. Abdul Kalam
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