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Response to IrishAyes (Reply #45)

Mon Apr 8, 2013, 06:39 PM

54. N/S

I have an Irish name (Sinéad) and most of my family do too (Deirdre, Áine, Fionnuala, Roisin among others). I was discriminated against as a little girl for having an Irish name in the north of County Down and I was only visiting relatives (I was born in America but I lived on and off in Northern Ireland).

We have had people murdered by the IRA. Especially one, Ronan Kerr, just because he wanted to work alongside Protestants in an integrated police station. The Protestants and Catholics in Northern Ireland are SICK of the violence (they called the people who protested against the flag, idiots).

I can see why "Hiberniores Hibernis ipsis" fit people like you- very very proud of the heritage but not setting foot in the country itself. Northern Ireland is embracing St. Paddy's Day in a big way and slowly starting to reject the Orange Order (thank goodness, they are struggling to get people to visit during the 12th of July parades). Even the Queen has come into the Republic and spoken Gaelic herself and shook the hand of Martin McGuinness. A lot of Catholics (including me, and I'm lapsed) take advantage of being of Northern Irish stock- embracing both British and Irish citizenship (Rory McIllroy refuses to compete for the GBR OR the Irish team because he considers himself both and I'm the same, I'm British AND Irish with American citizenship to boot).

You're talking out of your arse here, "Irish"Ayes.

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