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WHAT IT MEANS TO BE IRISH

1. You will never play professional basketball.

2. You swear very well.

3. At least one of your cousins is a fireman, cop, bar owner, funeral home owner or holds political office. And you have at least one aunt who is a nun, or uncle who's a priest.

4. You think you sing very well.

5.You have no idea how to make a long story short!

6. There isn't a big difference between you losing your temper or killing someone...

7. Much of your childhood meals were boiled. Instant potatoes were a mortal sin!

8. You have never hit your head on a ceiling.

9. You spent a good portion of your childhood kneeling in prayer (Catholic guilt forever!).

10. You're strangely poetic after a few beers.

11. You are, therefore, poetic a lot.

12. You will be punched for no good reason...a lot.

13. Some punches directed at you are from legacies of past generations.

14. Many of your sisters and/or cousins are named Mary, Catherine or Eileen .. and there is at least one member of your family with the full name of Mary Catherine Eileen.

15. Someone in your family is very generous. It is more than likely you.

16. You may not know the words, but that doesn't stop you from singing.

17. You can't wait for the other guy to stop talking before you start talking.

18. You're not nearly as funny as you think you are ... but what you lack in talent, you make up for in frequency.

19. There wasn't a huge difference between your last Wake and your last keg party.

20. You are, or know someone, named Murph.

21. If you don't know Murph then you know Mac. If you don't know Murph or Mac then you know Sully. Then you probably know Sully McMurphy.

22. You are genetically incapable of keeping a secret.

23. You have Irish Alzheimer's... you forget everything but the grudges!

24. 'Irish Stew' is a euphemism for 'boiled leftovers.

25. All of your losses are alcohol-related (loss of virginity, loss of driver's license, loss of money, loss of job, loss of significant other, loss of teeth from punch...) but it never stops you from drinking.

26. Your skin's ability to tan.... not so much.

27. At this very moment, you have at least two relatives who are not speaking to each other (not fighting, mind you, just not speaking to each other).

28. Childhood remedies for the common cold often included whiskey.

29. There's no leaving a family party without saying goodbye for at least 45 minutes.

30. You met your husband-wife-significant other-accountant-lawyer/landscaper, etc. in a bar.

 

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  posted on 10/29/2008 at 02:32 PM
Some but not all ...

 

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  posted on 10/29/2008 at 02:39 PM
Most...and I CAN sing pretty good, no really I can.

 

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  posted on 10/29/2008 at 02:42 PM
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Most...and I CAN sing pretty good, no really I can.


Me too - but I DO make up my own words or just do whatever if I can't remember them....WHICH I did last Thursday night at a Blues Club - not quite sure how I got up there singing with the band....but I la dee dad through some parts of it!

AND I have a sister named Marycatherine! LOL And a cousin who was a nun - and my best friend married a guy named Murph......oh I could go on!

 

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  posted on 10/29/2008 at 03:05 PM
Love this, Dorothyann! (Can't wait for SmilingJack to show up ) And I can relate to some of these items in an Italian sort of way...

 

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  posted on 10/29/2008 at 03:25 PM
I assume that you really mean Irish Americans and not Irish ... although most of the points are obviously from the real Irish origins ... the only obvious exceptions being with regards to the following points ...

1) Why would an Irishman want to play professional basketball ? ... although there are minor leagues over here in Europe, it is essentially an American game.

3) In Ireland, all of those professions would be mainly filled with Irish people as the vast majority of the population is Irish.

9) You mention "Catholic guilt forever" ... the people of Northern Ireland are Irish too, and 60% of them are Prtestant, not Catholic.

But despite being picky, please don't take this the wrong way, it is a very perceptively funny list

 

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16. You may not know the words, but that doesn't stop you from singing.



It's the tradition on my mom's very very very Irish side of the family to sing "Johnny B. Goode" at every family function. The only words anyone knows are "johnny b. goode." The rest of the time they just kind of ramble on.

Most of those definitely pertain to me...and I'm only half Irish.

 

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  posted on 10/29/2008 at 03:56 PM
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1. You will never play professional basketball.


Mike Riordan: Guard- New York Knicks, Washington Bullets.

Of course, now he owns a pub in Annapolis. Damn good one too.

And of course, Kevin McHale of the Boston Celtics.

[Edited on 10/29/2008 by KnownRider]

 

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WHAT IT MEANS TO BE IRISH

2. You swear very well.

3. At least one of your cousins is a fireman, cop, bar owner, funeral home owner or holds political office. And you have at least one aunt who is a nun, or uncle who's a priest.

4. You think you sing very well.


6. There isn't a big difference between you losing your temper or killing someone...

7. Much of your childhood meals were boiled. Instant potatoes were a mortal sin!

8. You have never hit your head on a ceiling.

9. You spent a good portion of your childhood kneeling in prayer (Catholic guilt forever!).

10. You're strangely poetic after a few beers.

11. You are, therefore, poetic a lot.

14. Many of your sisters and/or cousins are named Mary, Catherine or Eileen .. and there is at least one member of your family with the full name of Mary Catherine Eileen. and mine is really Kathleen Mary

15. Someone in your family is very generous. It is more than likely you.

16. You may not know the words, but that doesn't stop you from singing.

17. You can't wait for the other guy to stop talking before you start talking.

18. You're not nearly as funny as you think you are ... but what you lack in talent, you make up for in frequency.

19. There wasn't a huge difference between your last Wake and your last keg party.

20. You are, or know someone, named Murph.

21. If you don't know Murph then you know Mac. If you don't know Murph or Mac then you know Sully. Then you probably know Sully McMurphy.

23. You have Irish Alzheimer's... you forget everything but the grudges!

27. At this very moment, you have at least two relatives who are not speaking to each other (not fighting, mind you, just not speaking to each other).

28. Childhood remedies for the common cold often included whiskey.

29. There's no leaving a family party without saying goodbye for at least 45 minutes.




LOL! These seem to be the ones that apply to me and my family.



[Edited on 10/29/2008 by KWidgeon]

 

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  posted on 10/29/2008 at 04:14 PM
My Shrink is from Ireland, I love to hear him talk.

Except when he's getting on to me about something.

 

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  posted on 10/29/2008 at 04:16 PM
I can relate to many. I also have a great aunt who is a nun. Which one? Auntie Bridie of course!
 

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  posted on 10/29/2008 at 04:18 PM
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I am half Irish and I can identify with most of those things on the Irish side of my family.


As for Dutch, the last time he sang, his neighbors called 911 claiming they heard screaming noises from his house that led them to believe someone was in intense pain.


Very Funny, John...Ha.Ha But seriously folks , I can sing, really I can.

 

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Most...and I CAN sing pretty good, no really I can.


Me too - but I DO make up my own words or just do whatever if I can't remember them....WHICH I did last Thursday night at a Blues Club - not quite sure how I got up there singing with the band....but I la dee dad through some parts of it!

AND I have a sister named Marycatherine! LOL And a cousin who was a nun - and my best friend married a guy named Murph......oh I could go on!


Being Irish, you probably will.

 

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Most...and I CAN sing pretty good, no really I can.


Me too - but I DO make up my own words or just do whatever if I can't remember them....WHICH I did last Thursday night at a Blues Club - not quite sure how I got up there singing with the band....but I la dee dad through some parts of it!

AND I have a sister named Marycatherine! LOL And a cousin who was a nun - and my best friend married a guy named Murph......oh I could go on!


Being Irish, you probably will.


Now THA1T is hilarious - and so right ye are! Tomorrow when I can see....just got done 5 hours of bagpipe practice....I'm delerious!

 

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  posted on 10/29/2008 at 09:35 PM
I'll bet your neighbors love that.

 

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I'll bet your neighbors love that.


Nah - was playing with the band at the AOH hall - but thankfully my neighbors DO support me....actually come out on their porches in the summer. Hell - they must be Irish too - OR DRUNK!

 

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I'll bet your neighbors love that.


Nah - was playing with the band at the AOH hall - but thankfully my neighbors DO support me....actually come out on their porches in the summer. Hell - they must be Irish too - OR DRUNK!


In YOUR town????

Nahhhhhh

 

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