“Time to salute the US for all it has done for Ireland” – that is the title of a recent article in the Irish Times that caught my eye, and it is a sentiment that I personally would like to echo to my adopted country.
The reason I am posting this is that I have read many posts in the last week or so, from Irish-born people, taking a jab at Irish America for many of the stereotypes that are attributed to Ireland and Irish people. Granted, some of the stereotypes can become a little irritating, but none are in bad taste or due to some disdain towards Irish people.
So, I wanted to even the score a little by sharing this article, where the writer speaks of some of the great that America has done for Ireland. The article is short and sweet, but I think the part that many of you will find most touching is his reference to Irish Americans where he says:
“These are the people who make up Irish America, our flesh and blood. To them we owe St Patrick’s Day as we now know it and as it is celebrated all over the world. To them we owe peace in Northern Ireland, tens of thousands of jobs in Ireland today and billions in exports from US companies based in this state which make us look good even in the midst of the worst recession of modern times.
On Saturday, as you raise your glass to Ireland, remember too our very own kith and kin in the good old USA. They don’t forget us.”
Please share this post with a fellow Irish-American. Happy Saint Patrick’s Day to you and yours.
See the full article here