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17 Ways You Grew Up New York Irish

You've probably never even been to Ireland. At this point, it's kind of its own thing.

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2. You always heard stories about how hard your grandparents had it growing up.

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“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.

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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.”

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5. Your parents were born in New York, but also had it really rough growing up.

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“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.

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16. You’ve been told you have a lot of relatives in Ireland... you just have no idea who they are.

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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.

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