A Letter from Ireland:

DNA and Culture – Is Irishness your Nature or Nurture? (#114)


Welcome to Season 1, Episode 14 of the Letter from Ireland Show. In this episode we get philosophical! First, we ask if Irishness is your nature or is it nurtured. But Carina starts by asking “Where did the Irish come from?”.

In Temple Bar, Dublin – Saint Patrick’s Day.

We are delighted to bring you Episode 14 of The Letter from Ireland Show – a weekly podcast that goes out each Thursday from our cottage in County Cork. Tune in to this episode – and dive straight in to a bit of Irish caint, ceóil agus craic (conversation, music and craic!).

In this episode, Carina reads two of our letters from Ireland. First up she wonders aloud “Where did the Irish come from?” And she has a few answers. She then moves on, brave woman, to ask “Is Irishness in your Nature or Nurture?” What do you think?

Listen to the Audio.

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Join The Conversation.

Do feel free to leave a comment or question in the section below. We’d love to hear from you!

Slán for now,

Mike and Carina.

  • Dawn Williams says:

    My Irish ancestors immigrated to America sometime in the early 1700’s or before on my mother’s side. They fell in love with the country and my Cherokee ancestors. Beyond that I’ve no idea since I have no records of the Cherokees. Because of being ostracized for being Indian they hid any trace of being Native American. Sad fact, but I am so proud of being both Irish and Cherokee.

  • Kathleen Root says:

    I enjoyed this podcast of “nature or nurture”. I was raised in an Irish Catholic household in Ohio in the US. The Irish ways were greatly a part of my upbringing and life. The “problem” if it is one is that I was adopted through the Diocese in Columbus who sealed the records of my biologic parents and I have no idea who they are or were. My mother always told me that my bio mom was of Irish decent but how to know?
    Anyway, when someone asked me what I am, I proudly say that I am Irish born in America!

  • Kathleen Wells says:

    Thanks, folks!! A most interesting talk on one’s Irishness!!! Most days I “feel” & therefore AM quite Irish!!

  • […] Before we go on, I have a bonus spoken letter to share with you today. In it, Carina wonders if Irishness is in your “nature” or “nurture”. So, have a listen here and let us know what you think. […]

  • Tracy says:

    Great Podcast. I am a 4th generation American who longs to connect to my roots. My family, on both sides, came to the US in the late 1800’s. I knew I was a large percentage Irish and my DNA test proved that being that–I am 78% Irish-my Irish heritage is throughout different lines. I always felt connected, even though I never visited Ireland and don’t believe to have any living ancestors there. I grew up in the Bronx and connected to the Irish enclave of Woodlawn. Given my last name is Irish I always felt an affinity toward my Irish heritage-On my paternal side I knew I was 100% Irish –My mother’s side was a mix-her maiden name is Italian and I never felt a connection to Italy–on that side my 2xgreat grand parents immigrated to the US from Italy–They had my great grandfather, and he married an Irish American woman and had my grandfather, who also married an Irish American, and had my mother, who also married an Irish American and had me!

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