Reasons to be proud of being Irish American:
7. You have a heritage of dance. Myself, I just appreciate dancers, but think of Gene Kelly, Michael Flatley, and more. This complements the heritage of music, of course.
8. You have a heritage of actors. Again, I'm just an appreciator, but think of Harrison Ford, Sean Penn, Johnny Depp, Rosie O'Donnell, Matthew McConaughey to name just few. And of course, the star of the Quiet Man, John Wayne, was of Scots-Irish descent.
9. You have a heritage of law enforcement. You know the Irish American policeman is a stereotype, but there is good reason for that. Many Irish immigrant men found employment in law enforcement, fire fighting, and other public service occupations in large cities. According to Wikipedia: In the 1860s more than half of those arrested in New York City were Irish born or of Irish descent but nearly half of the City's law enforcement officers were also Irish. By the turn of the 20th century, five out of six NYPD officers were Irish born or of Irish descent. As late as the 1960s, even after minority hiring efforts, 42% of the NYPD were Irish Americans. Some examples: Charles Lynch, Francis O'Neill.
11. On a more pleasant note, you have a heritage of authors. From Yeats to Maeve Binchy, the Irish have been word weavers since writing was introduced. Here are some Irish-American examples to consider: Tom Clancy, Mary Higgins Clark, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Cormac McCarthy, Flannery O'Connor. There are many more. In fact, the sections on authors and journalists are the longest on Wikipedia's list of famous Irish Americans.
|F. Scott Fitzgerald|
|Commodore John Barry, photo by scumdogsteev|