Not only is the concept of "Irish Pubs" the worst type of affectation, and cultural theft, it is not founded in any reality, however far removed as there are no such things as Irish Pubs, the Irish have bars. Please lets not have this thread develope into a roll call of all those who think they are "Irish" on the forum, as I am fairly sure I am actually the only one.
nonk, a while back one of our estemed members had this to say: "Being of Irish descent, from Irish Nobility and True Celtic blood (Doherty Clan and fiercely proud), I find your analogy to be completely ridiculous and totally out-of-line with actual reality. My grandfather could tell you stories about your lousy British charitable ideals. His own grandfather lost an estate that had belonged to his family for over 500 years for allowing local Irish farmers to grow crops there and raise livestock (for FREE), in response to a famine that was killing millions. British (Victorian Age) authorities arrived, told him this was illegal and that all produce and livestock was taxable by the Crown and that he had violated some law, and conviscated his estate (and then STOLE the food from these starving people, taking it to England and claiming it as "tax"). Those slimy English fuckers were anything but charitable. And if I had a rifle and could stand on that land on that day, I would spill the blood of English DOGS and spit on their f*cking Victorian charity. My grandfather spent well over 2m GBP (shortly after WWII) trying to reclaim that estate, to no avail. So much for your Victorian British charity. And personally, I whole-heartedly support and endorse the pro-Celtic struggle against all subjects of the British Crown and the Protestant Church. I have donated a large amount of money to the pro-Celtic struggle, and when I was younger, I wanted very much to join their fight. My father and grandfather both have also donated vast sums of money to this struggle, and consider it a matter of pride and honor. Celtic blood is proud blood, true blood, the blood of noble warriors and proud scholars, who maintained language, civility, education, arts and REAL charity while the barbarian dogs of England killed each other over money, land and titles. When their greedy and corrupted governments became too greedy, they decided to murder millions of innocent Irishmen, destroying their culture and forcing them into churches which tried to shame them for their language, their customs, and their blood. So yes, I support pro-Celtic (and pro-Irish) movements. And I do not consider Protestants Irish. Nor does any true Irishman." at the time, I was wondering what your feelings on the matter would be (although I thought that I had a pretty good idea) but it seemed to be a thread that you were not intersted in. Now that the matter of Irishness has been brought up, I thought I would ask your opinion.