Reasons why I consider myself as Northern Irish

Northern Ireland: British or Irish

Strictly speaking anyone from Northern Ireland (NI) are regarded as being British. Depending upon family circumstances you may have dual citizenship to the Republic of Ireland and Great Britain: A person from Northern Ireland may hold a British and an Irish passport. It is important to note that no matter what passport (British or Irish) a person from NI has they are regarded as British citizens in a court in Northern Ireland. Some laws are passed by Stormont (the NI assembly elected by the people of NI) but the majority have been passed by Parliament (thus the UK government) and all of these laws are enforced in any court in NI.

For religious reasons people in Northern Ireland may identify themselves as being either British or Irish. Most of the Protestant population would say they are British while most Catholics would say they were Irish.

I, however, would identify myself as being Northern Irish.

A photo of the fairly new Titanic building. No matter which angle you look at it, it looks like you are looking at the ship.

A photo of the fairly new Titanic building. No matter which angle you look at it, it looks like you are looking at the ship.

Northern Irish: Why?

Religion does not bother me in the slightest. At the end of the day that is your personal belief, not that of others. I try to avoid the topic of religion most times for this reason and only talk about it with close friends and family (if required !).

British people speak like British citizens, unsurprisingly, whereas Irish people speak like people from the Republic of Ireland.

I, however, speak like a person from Northern Ireland: I consider myself as Northern Irish because I do not speak 100% Irish or 100% British.

Northern Irish car registrations

If you buy a car from NI you will have a Northern Irish number plate. Not a British number plate, nor Republic of Ireland. Northern Irish is all over NI.

Belfast bap

There are some things that are only produced in Northern Ireland. The Belfast Bap is one of them. What is a Belfast Bap? It is a piece of soft bread enclosed in a hard crust. They are quite round, almost the size of half a football. Neither British or Republic of Ireland have Belfast baps.

This adds to a cultural reason as to why I call myself Northern Irish.

Do other people from NI identify themselves as Northern Irish?

Yes. The number of people calling themselves Northern Irish is growing. In 2009 27% of people who live in NI said they regard themselves as Northern Irish.

Being Northern Irish is a happy medium so I like to say where I am from, literally. NI so Northern Irish.

Reference

  1. Life and Times. (2009) Which of these best describes the way you think of yourself? [Online] [Accessed on 10th April 2013] http://is.gd/N3zrLO
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10 thoughts on “Reasons why I consider myself as Northern Irish

  1. Labels. I was born in Brooklyn (Kings County of New York, USA), so I will always be a Son of Brooklyn; Brooklyn is a borough or one of the five counties comprising the City of New York, so I will always be a New Yorker; Brooklyn is geographically located on Long Island, New York, so I will always be a Long Islander; All of New York is located in America, so I will always be an American; My current ethnic roots are that of Sicilian, so I will always be regarded as a Sicilian; Sicily is an island, and belonging to Italy, so I will always be an Italian; My bloodline, I am truly who I say that I am, a direct descendant of a Roman General and Consul of Rome, BRITTIUS, so I will always be regarded as a Roman. Labels are ever changing to fit a descriptive need to classify. For that matter, the land I was born on, was once property of American Indians, and they claim anyone born on their land, is an American Indian. As of 1861, my family is in America. They have a point. America, was once an upstart rebellious child and colony of England, so I must always be considerate of that.
    So, pick a label, as they all are fitting, depending upon the occasion and present company, as to be both mindful and respectful. What exactly is my label? We have not delved into occupation nor anything else. All of the labels attached to me, are indeed accurate, and it is not where I hail from, but WHO, I am, as result of my life experience when labels are attached to me. Therefore, much more remains underlying in descriptive labeling. I get along with just about all people. But that, has been acquired through years of life itself. I am from a collection of many lands and peoples. Hopefully it means that I am from, “the Wise”.

  2. Post Script: Two of my teachers, were from London. They were, my second grade elementary school teacher, and also a high school teacher. At times, my spelling and writing will lapse into Her Majesty’s English, which irks some Americans. I have at times picked up and speak in tones of London accent and not my heavy Brooklyn accent, which people find shocking (“I didn’t know you were British?”). What? they do not know what a lorry, is? Or, al-u-min-ium? Or, vit-a-min? Therefore to many people, for bizarre reasoning of theirs, I am somewhat of a mystery, but in reality, I am only a simple man.

  3. Very interesting :) I learned a lot of new things. Thanks :) Also I think it’s great that you embrace who you are versus letting outside pressures try to dictate that for you. : )

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