Thread: Opinion of Americans
- 22-11-2007 02:19 AM #1NotAModeGirlGuest
Opinion of Americans
my question has probably been asked by many before but I wanted a direct answer for myself.
I never was aware that there was any animosity toward Americans in Ireland, to my knowledge the Irish and Americans have always had a great relationship. But I've read other posts on here and now I'm wondering if in certain areas there is animosity? My Partner is Irish and I know he's not this way, nor are his family. As a young girl I am kind of afraid of living in Ireland after hearing this. Can anyone clarify this for me? I would imagine in Dublin there is more arrogance than in the other regions and cities/towns in Ireland but maybe this is my ignorance.
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- 22-11-2007 12:19 PM #2WhaahGuest
I know you only asked for American opinions, but I thought I'd answer this one too.. there is absolutely no animosity towards Americans in Ireland, quite the opposite in fact, I'd say if there was one group of 'outsiders' we would welcome to Ireland first it would be Americans.
BUT what there is, is a deep dislike/distrust of the current US administration, whose policies in Iraq and elsewhere have created instability in the Middle East, caused the deaths of hundreds of thousands of innocents and done untold damage to the reputation of America not just in Ireland but in pretty much every other country on earth. GWB's attitude to the rest of the world has stank, and unfortunately it's the average American traveler who pays the price.
- 23-11-2007 12:09 PM #3ArminGuest
oh, americans are liked over here - the Irish tend to not care as much about politics (i have found) as some other europeans. in fact, ireland is probably the euro country most similar to america. The irish dislike eastern europeans more than americans, i have noticed.
sorry for any generalizations or stereotypes portrayed in this message :)
- 23-11-2007 03:12 PM #4MsMoGuest
In general I would not blame residents of ANY other country, Ireland included, for making a snarky comment about Americans. As the pp has mentioned the current administration has made a mess of things which will reflect upon the residents - rightly so, as at least 48% of the population voted for him (of those who voted anyway). So steel yourself and go with it - don't be afraid. I did not vote for the guy but always make it my mission, when going abroad, to make sure that other countries see that all Americans are not loud, fat and spoiled. I think more people abroad with that attitude will only help shatter that stereotype. Just my morning, rambling .02 :)
- 13-12-2007 11:50 AM #5
Many Irish travel to the States every year to shop and holiday and many love over there at some stage in their lives so there are very close connections. We also devour American culture - films and TV. Many Americans come here to study and live as students and to holiday in the summer. Again I wouldn't be worried about animosity and certainly not afraid of living here. America has a pretty mixed image abroad due mainly to foreign policy but people are happy to talk about this and are generally quite well versed in American politics. As a fluent English speaker you will find it easy to get work and meet people. Best of luck with your move over here.If contacting a service you saw mentioned on this website please remember to mention NewtoTown.ie
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- 19-12-2007 04:44 PM #6mrsmcgeeGuest
I've not really encountered any problems here. I get the odd drunken comment at the pub about how Bush sucks and we're all fat lol, but nothing upsetting. Some people like to "take the piss" but it's never naything mean spirited. 99.99% of people I've encountered are sweet, friendly and welcoming. I've lived here for over 3 years now, and will probably never move back ot the US!
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