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# Irish identity

Last year
Extract: Irishisms - Craic, grand, yokes; what our words say about us
Author Denise Deegan uses Irish sayings and phrases to look at the Irish soul.
All time
Despite Stormont deal, confusion still exists on self-identifying as Irish in the North
Emma DeSouza says that the UK interprets the right to identify as Irish “as akin to being a GAA supporter or country music fan”.
NI appeals court to hear case today of Derry woman who was ruled to be a British citizen
Emma De Souza has always identified as Irish, a right that is enshrined in the Good Friday Agreement.
Column: How we lost St Patrick's Day
As I watched the St Patrick’s Day parade march down New York’s Fifth Avenue, the true meaning of our national holiday struck me. And it made me realise many of us fail to understand what March 17 actually represents for our small nation, writes Paul Allen.
Column: What does it mean to be Irish in the 21st century?
Rather than ignoring our past, it is more important to know how to deal with it, writes Raymond Keogh, who explores the issue of Irish identity in this Decade of Commemorations.
'Irish-ness' hugely important for success of businesses
Survey from Irish International Business Network shows that companies with a strong Irish identity appeal most to potential clients.
College offers online course in what it means to be Irish
Free open online course allows students here – and abroad – to explore Irish identity.
Column: Objects can tell us startling stories about our history - we should cherish them
Ireland is lucky to have so many national treasures that reveal our shared past; we should be proud and share them with the world, says Ruth Hegarty.
NI census: Catholic population growing as Protestant numbers decline
Northern Irish figures show for the first time that the question of national identity cannot be directly related to religion.
Column: Why I joined Dublin’s first Irish-speaking GAA club
There were no social situations where Irish speakers could use the language. Na Gaeil Óga – an all-Irish GAA club – could change that, writes Ciarán Mac Fhearghusa.
Column: Why Ireland should look to Europe as well as America
Mary Harney famously claimed that Ireland was “closer to Boston than Berlin” – but it’s now time to reassess, writes Kate Katharina Ferguson.
Poll: Are the Irish too sensitive to how we’re seen abroad?
A German writer’s stereotype-laden analysis of Ireland is doing the rounds at the moment. But we do care a little too much?