On Fri, 28 Dec 2018 at 22:15, Dennis Hawkins via
FAMILY-HISTORIAN-USERS <family-historian-users(a)rootsweb.com> wrote:
... My mother had two Irish (Cork) grandparents annd two British
grandparents. I assume this means my mother was half-Irish? Since I had a half-Irish
mother and a British father, does that make me a quarter Irish? I had two Irish great
grand parents and six British great grand parents. Any suggestion that I am hoping to get
Irish citizenship after Brexit is of course preposterous.
That's the usual way degree of XXXXishness is calculated. Under that
scheme, you would indeed be one quarter Irish (whatever *that* means).
However, what this algorithm never refers to, is the extent to which
XXXXishness can be over-written by earlier generations. If, say, your
two Irish G-GPs turned out to be wholly descended from Ulster Scots
(perhaps unlikely in Cork!), would that mean that you weren't Irish at
all but Scots? After all, go back far enough and we are all 100%
African but it would be a brave (also absurd and insensitive) white
man who claimed himself 100% African. Ali G excepted...
These things are worked out very much tongue in cheek and deserve to
be regarded as such.
What's not a very loose algorithm is the Irish passport question -
it's actually complex because it needs to be. Suffice to say that I
believe that your mother could have claimed an Irish passport, as she
had Irish grandparents but you can't, as claimed citizenships (a) stop
at grandparents and (b) cannot be passed down to children unless born
after the grant of the claim.