What's it like being Irish?
What's it like being Irish?
Well, I've never been anything else, so I'm not sure I'm best placed to answer.
It's good; Ireland's a fine place to live, for all the bitching so beloved of folks here, it has one of the highest quality of life ratings in the world. It may not be perfect, but a few Scandinavian utopias aside, this is close to as good as it currently gets on most scales.
The climate's reasonable and free of extremes (as long as you don't mind rain), there's nothing dangerous here in terms of natural disasters, dodgy wildlife or other hazards, we're not involved in any wars or other shenanigans, etc.
It's a presentable country; not very big so there isn't much variety, but the scenery and the countryside is decent, and everywhere's very close to everywhere else, certainly by the standards of somewhere like the US or India.
Culture-wise I don't really have anything to compare it to, but it seems to work - a fairly laid-back attitude, plenty of humour and such like. There's nothing too significant in terms of racism, homophobia, sexism, religious fundamentalism and other backwards-ass nonsense (those things certainly all exist here, but they're mostly pretty low-key compared to a lot of places).
Ireland generally has a good reputation internationally; most folks have either never heard of the place or have an irrational fondness for it. Coming from somewhere everyone thinks is some kind of romantic idyll is pretty handy, once you can ignore the stereotypes.
Yeah it's grand. We've been in the depths of recession for around 9 years now but we still have it better than a lot of countries around the globe and we know that.
I'm fiercely proud of our little country. Easter '16 was the 100 year anniversary of the 1916 rising so feeling quite patriotic at the moment (at time of writing it's one week since Easter).
It's hard for young people to get a job right now and so there's a lot of emigration, but I think we're used to that.
Although we'll never have another Celtic tiger era we will recover.
All in all I love being Irish, Ireland is a grand little country if only we could put a roof on it.
Its grand I guess. We're a small group so there's no over crowding on the island. When we go abroad, other nationalities seem to love us (not always) and we often get slightly nicer treatment or warmer/welcoming attitudes by the locals. We're a neutral country so we don't have to worry about be dragged into a war. We have to put up with other nationalities expecting us to be intoxicated 24/7 and we also have to (on an almost daily basis) have American tourists tell us about their ancestry and try and tell us about the country's history and even have them tell us how to pronounce Irish "properly". We also have a pretty powerful passport with visa free* access to 170 countries
*We can leave Ireland without a visa but some of these countries may require online registration before entering or we get the visa when we arrive