1. You grew up in or around Breezy Point, Rockaway, Point Lookout, Pearl River, Belle Harbor, or another notoriously Irish part of New York.
2. You always heard stories about how hard your grandparents had it growing up.
“On Christmas, their only present was a balloon. Sometimes it was their favorite color. Then they milked the cows.”
3. You have ancestors that came through Ellis Island.
And they are all saints according to your parents. “Your grandfather came over at 5 years old, alone, with $2 in his pocket. Think about what you were doing at 5.”
4. Angela’s Ashes is second only to the Bible in your family.
5. Your parents were born in New York, but also had it really rough growing up.
“I walked 10 miles to school, in the snow, with shoes that had no soles.” But Dad… you grew up on Long Island. In the 1970s.
6. You went to Catholic school.
Your priests were named Meehan, Murray, Donnelly, Sullivan, or anything with an O.
7. For your baptism, first communion, or confirmation, someone bought you a claddagh ring.
8. You know the Irish county your ancestors are from, but have no geographic idea of where in Ireland that is.
Um, yeah, I guess my grandmother was born somewhere south of Belfast?
9. Your parents have at least five siblings, therefore you have at least 20 cousins.
10. You have at least a couple NYPD officers in your family.
11. Your house had nonsensical Irish blessings and proverbs on display.
No cure but whiskey?! Someone better call the cancer researchers.
12. There’s never much food at family gatherings, but there’s usually a good amount of booze.
14. You and all your non-Irish friends celebrate St. Paddy’s day in the spirit of what the holiday is really all about…
15. You’re supposed to love corned beef and cabbage… but you really just don’t.
16. You’ve been told you have a lot of relatives in Ireland… you just have no idea who they are.
The old family farm still has no running water? Gee, on second thought, I don’t think I can make it to the reunion there next year.