Originally Posted by Alix
archiduc was being tongue in cheek msmofet. See the "ancestors spinning in their graves" bit to let you know that.
I think by capitalizing everything he wanted to emphasize made it a little more than tongue in cheek, and knowing quite a few Irish and Irish-Americans, the "ancestors" quip was a real one. My wife's family is from County Cork, mine from the area near Inverness Scotland (McKay clan), and we both knew it wasn't traditional Irish stew, but there are far more atrocities being done to Irish people today (some in the UK still consider them second class citizens, Irish police are not even allowed to be Catholics ... in this day and age!) than stealing their idea of stew, that would make them spin in their graves :)
If you really want to be traditional, the potato being Irish is a myth. Potatoes came from South America and were brought to England and eventually to Ireland as a "rich man's" garden crop. The poor in Ireland weren't even allowed to have any until the 1800's or so. So basically the poor subsiding on potatoes didn't occur in the long line of Irish history until about 200 years ago ... and just before the disease spread by potato occured called the Potato Famine
Now lamb on the other hand, has been an Irish food since the first Irish person laid eyes on a lamb :)