By Steven Miller on March 12, 2018
There's more to being Irish than drinking green beer and loving Bono. In fact, the reality is that the Irish generally aren't fans of either of those things.
While there are some unfair stereotypes of the Irish people, some of them are well-earned and beloved badges of honor for the culture. For example, those from the Emerald Isle do tend to be excellent storytellers, and it is pretty common for them to complain a bit about the weather. Although, you might do a little belly-aching too if it was as cold and rainy on a regular basis where you lived.
The Irish people have also earned the reputation for being extremely friendly and welcoming to visitors and guests. At the same time, while the Irish are known to enjoy an adult beverage now and again, they're not all drunks, and they're also not all hot-tempered jerks who lose their cool at the drop of a hat. It's true that there is a bit of melancholy in the songs and spirit of the Irish people, but they are also world-renowned for their ability to celebrate, at both weddings and funerals.
Despite having had to deal with the Viking, Roman, and English occupations of their homeland for centuries, the Irish spirit is resilient and filled with a great sense of humor and an artistic flair. Let's find out if you have what it takes to truly call yourself Irish.