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Poll: How would you consider someone born and raised in England to two Irish parents?
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Ok I’m just starting this thread because this is my own situation (mum from Belfast, Dad from the ROI – I was born and raised in England), and I’m just merely curious as how people would view me.

Now I’ve said before on here I don’t consider myself really to be either, (largely because I’m not that patriotic), but also because I’m not sure what I really am anyway? I don’t have any British/English heritage, history or ancestry so I feel a bit fake calling myself British or English (is a dog born in a stable a horse kind of thing?) and so don't feel all that British. Having said that, I don’t feel Irish either not least because most people in Ireland wouldn’t consider me Irish, not with an English accent anyway (I live in NI at the moment actually, I’m seen as British/English to people over here), so I feel like a bit of a foreigner in both countries.

I am curious to how most people see me nonetheless however, so that’s the purpose of the poll really, as I'm personally unsure about it (I own both British and Irish passport FWIW).
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(Original post by Sharpshooter)
Ok I’m just starting this thread because this is my own situation (mum from Belfast, Dad from the ROI – I was born and raised in England), and I’m just merely curious as how people would view me.

Now I’ve said before on here I don’t consider myself really to be either, (largely because I’m not that patriotic), but also because I’m not sure what I really am anyway? I don’t have any British/English heritage, history or ancestry so I feel a bit fake calling myself British or English (is a dog born in a stable a horse kind of thing?) and so don't feel all that British. Having said that, I don’t feel Irish either not least because most people in Ireland wouldn’t consider me Irish, not with an English accent anyway (I live in NI at the moment actually, I’m seen as British/English to people over here), so I feel like a bit of a foreigner in both countries.

I am curious to how most people see me nonetheless however, so that’s the purpose of the poll really, as I'm personally unsure about it (I own both British and Irish passport FWIW).
Like many people you are British/Irish.

Your main cultural identity is loosely British (given that's where you have been brought up), but that identity can and does change and evolve over time.

And even though you are now living in N Ireland your identity will vary slightly depending on WHERE in N Ireland.

I'm from N Ireland, but mostly have lived in Surrey. I also have both passports. But given my accent and early upbringing it seems easiest for me to say I'm Northern Irish. On the other hand, my children though were born and brought up in Surrey. They would say they are English, although I force them to support Ireland for the rugby...

Anyway, unless you have an Irish/NIrish accent people will *view* you as British or English.

If you want to be less British and more Irish you simply need to spend more time in Ireland and work on the craic...

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i'd say you're nationality is british and you background is irish i guess
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You are described as what they call a 'third culture' kid. Always difficult for people in these scenario's, ultimately its your choice, personally I always feel its the parents that determine your nationality.
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Anyway, unless you have an Irish/NIrish accent people will *view* you as British or English.
That's certainly the case in Ireland (as I outlined in my opening post), but when living in England my experiences were that people considered me as Irish (if they found out my parents were Irish), so hence why you end up with confused types like me starting threads like these...
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