You Know You’re Irish When…

CAITLIN MCCAULEY | FEATURES COLUMNIST

With St. Patrick’s Day just around the corner, it’s that time of year when everyone seems to be claiming Irish roots in the name of wearing green and celebrating all day long. Some of us are lucky enough to be Irish all year round. Even if that means burning in the smallest sliver of sunlight, we wouldn’t have it any other way. If you can relate to these six issues, then you are sure to be wearing green and celebrating your heritage on St. Patrick’s Day.

  1. You’re practically allergic to the sun because your skin is as pale as paper. In fact, you’re probably the only one of your friends to have gotten a sunburn on a sunny Jan. day when it’s below zero outside. You don’t even want to bring out the pictures from your beach vacation because you looked like a lobster among your perfectly tan friends.
  2. At some point in your life you’ve taken Irish dance classes, whether it was for many years filled with St. Patrick’s Day performances or just a few short months of trying to comprehend why you couldn’t move your arms and why your feet just didn’t quite do what the other dancers could do. Your grandma never lets an opportunity pass to ask you to showcase your dancing skills at family parties.
  3. You go all out for St. Patrick’s Day. The one day of the year when you couldn’t be prouder of your pale skin and infinite number of freckles and have no problem wearing head to toe green and orange to represent your family origins.
  4. You have some piece of jewelry with an Irish claddagh on it, whether it’s a ring to indicate your relationship status, a pair of earrings, a necklace or if you’re really Irish, all three. At some point an elderly family member has gifted you a claddagh in the hopes of carrying on the tradition. (Bonus points if you also have jewelry with the Trinity sign, another Irish favorite.)
  5. Corned beef and cabbage is a family favorite. There’s nothing better than busting out this classic meal around St. Patrick’s Day, but, if you’re really Irish, your family will eat this at any time in any place, maybe with a few slices of Irish soda bread on the side as well, just for kicks.
  6. Most times you can’t tell the difference between a family wedding and funeral reception. The true Irish families will use any excuse to celebrate, be it a new addition to the family or a loss. We’re all about celebrating life, especially when there’s an all-inclusive after-party involved.
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