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And just for the sake of accuracy I am only "from Ireland" in the same way Mike is.In this incarnation I am Eamonn from England. ;)
According to latest findings we are ALL from AFRICA :P
I with you Mike my Irish brotha, I am an American with Irish heritage and I proudly call myself an Irish American, just because my ancestors needed to take care of themselves and their family during the infamous potato famine by moving to Amerikay, doesn't mean I'm not Irish.
I agree with flintlockjaw on this point. We are Americans first. But that does not restrict us from interest and pride in our ancestors. All Americans trace their ancestors to another nation. Other countries have some outside ancestors, but it is not the majority. Outside of Eskimos and Indians, we were all aliens once. Following our history and heritage back past when we landed here holds a strong interest in many americans. It gives us a sense of place, belonging to something better and greater than just being an American.And there is the stigma of being an American. Being an American has more negative connotations than positive.As I have been studying Irish history I have learned that they have had their ups and downs. For me their history is far more interesting than America's. It also covers more than 200 years. This makes a significant difference on its own.
This will all be moot soon as we will all be speaking Chinese in the future.