Not what Americans are if their ancestors came from Ireland. You are American, your ancestors were Irish.
Irish Person: Ri-ight!
American Person: Oh my god, it's Saint Patrick's day. I didn't realise it. I should wear something green, I'm Irish. (someone also said this to me!)
Irish person: No you're not, you're American with Irish ancestors!!!
(ii) An identity many middle-aged American's tend to associate themselves with. Contrary to their belief, they are not Irish. Having a "great-granddaddy" from Ireland does not make you Irish.
Yank: "Oh my god, I'm Irish too. My father's mother came from County Kerry. I visited her home town last summer it was so pretty"
-"The Last Ones Standing" by Ceann (an irish rock band)
Look at that "tough" Irish kid talking shit to everyone just to start a brawl.