How can someone look Irish?

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    Apr 28, 2015 9:49 PM GMT
    I'm from London but my family are Irish, but I've been told I don't look particularly Irish. I know I look pale in my pics but I'm not naturally all that pale, and I know fair skin seems to be associated with being Irish. But a lot of my family aren't really pale either. Most of them have average skin tones and tan easily. Red hair is another one, and only my Nana has red hair, but everyone else has brown, black or blonde hair, and various eye colors too. I just don't get how someone can say there is a 'look'. What makes them different from any other northern European places?
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    Apr 28, 2015 9:56 PM GMT
    Can you do this?
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    Apr 28, 2015 9:57 PM GMT
    No but I know people who can icon_biggrin.gif
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    Apr 28, 2015 10:07 PM GMT
    maybe it's the shape of your mouth?
  • buddycat

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    Apr 28, 2015 10:07 PM GMT
    Red hair, pale skin, and freckles are associated with looking Irish. There is also black Irish which is dark skin with blue or green eyes and pale skin.
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    Apr 29, 2015 2:00 AM GMT
    Get drunk
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    Apr 29, 2015 2:57 AM GMT
    buddycat saidRed hair, pale skin, and freckles are associated with looking Irish. There is also black Irish which is dark skin with blue or green eyes and pale skin.

    I've heard that the "black Irish" come from Spanish survivors of the Armada in the late 1500s. After being blown north by gales in the English Channel, the surviving fleet tried to sail around Ireland and south back to Spain.

    But many damaged ships were wrecked, the survivors coming onshore on Ireland. Many thousands, because the Armada carried an invasion fleet filled with soldiers, not just sailors.

    It's reported that some Spaniards were slaughtered by the inhabitants, but others found homes there. And the descendants of these Spanish added the dark hair and features that some Irish have today.

    Or so I have read. Perhaps our Marmoy can confirm or discredit this story.
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    Apr 29, 2015 6:07 AM GMT
    The same way you can look "All American", whatever that means.icon_rolleyes.gif
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    Apr 29, 2015 1:52 PM GMT
    I don't think the Armada had that much of an influence on Ireland overall. I think there were already dark haired people there anyway.
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    Apr 29, 2015 2:53 PM GMT
    Imitate them a far as possible.

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    Apr 29, 2015 3:42 PM GMT
    Marmoy saidI don't think the Armada had that much of an influence on Ireland overall. I think there were already dark haired people there anyway.


    You and Art are both correct: there were some darkish people in Ireland before the remnants of the Armada made a substantial contribution to their, and succeeding generations', numbers. "Black Irish" is the usual term used among the Irish and others to describe them.
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    Apr 29, 2015 6:26 PM GMT
    Idk, there's the term black Irish for the ones with dark features. I fit into that criteria, though I'm half Italian. People say I look more italian but they're fooled by my skin tone. From my nose to my lips to my hair- it's all Irish.
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    Apr 29, 2015 6:46 PM GMT
    Marmoy saidI don't think the Armada had that much of an influence on Ireland overall. I think there were already dark haired people there anyway.


    OK, thanks, why I asked. Wasn't sure if this was pure speculation, or might have some basis in reality.
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    Apr 29, 2015 7:34 PM GMT
    Agreed, there were already dark-haired people in Ireland long before the Armada. Just as there were red-haired people before the Vikings invaded.

    America has always been a melting pot so of course there's no distinctive American "look". People tend to be a mix of various ethnicities. But if you travel around Europe a bit you'll see that people who live in the same region tend to have the same facial features, same build, etc. Of course it's more pronounced in small towns where people tend to live their whole lives within a few miles of where they were born than in large cities that attract people from all over. But people from Madrid, for instance, have a very distinctive look.

    A few years ago I met a girl here in LA who was visiting from Poland. She was amazed that I couldn't guess what country she was from just by the shape of her face - until her friends explained to her that Americans don't know stuff like that.

    Since the OP lives in London, I'm surprised he hasn't clued in to what Irish people "look like". If all else fails, it's a pretty cheap flight. Take a weekend and have a look around. You'll learn pretty quickly what Irish people look like.

    Spoiler alert: the dark-haired ones tend to be short, furry, slow to age, and breathtakingly handsome. They tend to keep all their hair and quite often don't go gray until well into old age. But their ears do stick out a bit...
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    Apr 29, 2015 7:49 PM GMT
    Chug down beers, and dye your hair orange?

    I don't know, about this Irish look.
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    Apr 29, 2015 8:04 PM GMT
    bro4bro saidA few years ago I met a girl here in LA who was visiting from Poland. She was amazed that I couldn't guess what country she was from just by the shape of her face - until her friends explained to her that Americans don't know stuff like that.

    Actually, Slavs in general and Polish in particular have a very distinctive look. I can almost always tell. Look at the faces of the boys in the Bel Ami videos (yeah, that's where you're looking, I know)....they are almost all Czech, which are Slav and ethnically very close to Poles.
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    Apr 29, 2015 8:14 PM GMT
    When I think of Irish, I think of red hair, freckles and very pale white skin. I dated 1 Irish Ginger white guy about 2 years ago, he was all right! But yeah, there is definitely a look about being Irish. Think Liam Neeson or Colin Farrell.
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    Apr 29, 2015 11:23 PM GMT
    I guess you never heard of "the irish curse"? Google it....lol..once u know what it is I dont think u would care to look irish anymore.
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    Apr 29, 2015 11:24 PM GMT
    I'm of irish descent and I think I kinda look it. icon_cool.gif
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    Apr 30, 2015 2:19 AM GMT
    Import saidI'm of irish descent and I think I kinda look it. icon_cool.gif
    You look more Miamish to me.
    And it's funny that you move to Cali, then back to Miami, and I move to Cali shortly after you move back to Miami. And you're not the only one.

    Is it just me, or is Cali and Miami pretty much the same except for different temperatures and different ground elevations?
  • Antarktis

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    Apr 30, 2015 2:32 AM GMT
    Art_Deco said
    buddycat saidRed hair, pale skin, and freckles are associated with looking Irish. There is also black Irish which is dark skin with blue or green eyes and pale skin.

    I've heard that the "black Irish" come from Spanish survivors of the Armada in the late 1500s. After being blown north by gales in the English Channel, the surviving fleet tried to sail around Ireland and south back to Spain.

    But many damaged ships were wrecked, the survivors coming onshore on Ireland. Many thousands, because the Armada carried an invasion fleet filled with soldiers, not just sailors.

    It's reported that some Spaniards were slaughtered by the inhabitants, but others found homes there. And the descendants of these Spanish added the dark hair and features that some Irish have today.

    Or so I have read. Perhaps our Marmoy can confirm or discredit this story.

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    Apr 30, 2015 3:01 AM GMT
    Some of the best hook ups I've had have been with Irish dudes.
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    Apr 30, 2015 11:06 AM GMT
    I don't know, maybe its in the eyes. Also dark hair and light skin/eyes seem to be the most common in Ireland
  • LJay

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    Apr 30, 2015 4:43 PM GMT
    Now where is That Irish Bastard when we need him?