What does ‘Being Irish’ mean to you?

There are lots of different views on what it means to be Irish and we want you to select your favourite characteristics from our list below. You can also submit a new characteristic if you believe there is something important missing from our list below. To get you going we have included here 3 quotations from some well-known people in describing what it means to be Irish to them.

“Being Irish, he had an abiding sense of tragedy, which sustained him through temporary periods of joy.”
W.B. Yeats, Irish poet.

“To be Irish is to know that in the end the world will break your heart.”
Daniel Patrick Moynihan, American politician and sociologist.

“When anyone asks me about the Irish character, I say look at the trees. Maimed, stark and misshapen, but ferociously tenacious.”
Edna O’Brien, Irish novelist.

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Being Irish means we are fiercely independent and do not like to be told what to do or how to live our lives.

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