Eddie Irvine -British or Irish (ref: flags at Melbourne)?

Eddie Irvine -British or Irish (ref: flags at Melbourne)?

Post by William Turn » Wed, 13 Mar 1996 04:00:00



Quote:
>After the Grand Prix, the flag raised for Eddie Irvine was that of the
>Republic of Ireland, but he is generally listed as British.  Being an
>Ulsterman, does he regard himself as British or Irish?

I also noticed this, and have been told that while Eddie Irvine is
technically British (being from Northern Ireland), he prefers to think
of himself as being Irish.

However, the FIA should at least remain consistent - the flag was
Irish, but the captioning (done also by the FIA, iirc) said he was
British.

William

 
 
 

Eddie Irvine -British or Irish (ref: flags at Melbourne)?

Post by R F Minchi » Wed, 13 Mar 1996 04:00:00

After the Grand Prix, the flag raised for Eddie Irvine was that of the
Republic of Ireland, but he is generally listed as British.  Being an
Ulsterman, does he regard himself as British or Irish?

Rob Minchin

 
 
 

Eddie Irvine -British or Irish (ref: flags at Melbourne)?

Post by Eoin Wr » Wed, 13 Mar 1996 04:00:00


Quote:
>After the Grand Prix, the flag raised for Eddie Irvine was that of the
>Republic of Ireland, but he is generally listed as British.  Being an
>Ulsterman, does he regard himself as British or Irish?
>Rob Minchin

I have heard Eddie being referred to as an Irish man, a British man, a Nothern Irish man and an Ulsterman. The last being the worst because one third of the province of Ulster lies in the Republic, and two thirds in the North.
And of course he is both British AND Irish (Northern Irish)

However I think the flag on his car is that of the Republic, plus he has a shamrock on the back of his helmet, plus he currently lives in Dublin. So after taking all that in to account I would say he considers himself as Irish.

Eoin Wren.

 
 
 

Eddie Irvine -British or Irish (ref: flags at Melbourne)?

Post by Micheal Torph » Wed, 13 Mar 1996 04:00:00


Quote:
> After the Grand Prix, the flag raised for Eddie Irvine was that of the
> Republic of Ireland, but he is generally listed as British.  Being an
> Ulsterman, does he regard himself as British or Irish?

That's a good question.  In an interview i saw of him last year he stated
he had to become more involved in the British Racing (as opposed to
Irish/Ulster I suppose) to gain the recognition and skill he would need
to go on to F1 (he was describing his racing past); From this i would
imply that he dosn't consider himself British, but perhaps just from
Northern Ireland (doubtfully Ireland, though i wouldn't mind the thought
;).  I guess the only person who could really answer the question though
is him.

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Eddie Irvine -British or Irish (ref: flags at Melbourne)?

Post by Eamon Stra » Thu, 14 Mar 1996 04:00:00


Quote:

> After the Grand Prix, the flag raised for Eddie Irvine was that of the
> Republic of Ireland, but he is generally listed as British.  Being an
> Ulsterman, does he regard himself as British or Irish?

> Rob Minchin

 Here is a snippet from an interview with Eddie Irvine
in Issue 1 of the magazine Ikon which might answer the question about what
Eddie himself thinks: It's actually a very interesting interview. It says,

'Irvine owns a house in Dalkey, south of Dublin, and can't imagine living
anywhere else. The sole hero he can name, Senna aside, is another
uncompromising Irishman, Bob Geldof ("He's got balls, basically"). Asked
what music he likes he lists The Boomtown Rats, Thin Lizzy and The
Cranberries [all Irish bands]. When he steps onto the podium [after the
Canadian Grand Prix], he'll do so beneath the Republic's tricolour. A set
of circumstances that must look strange from inside that bright orange
helmet.

"I don't care", says Eddie, his reaction to most things. "But at the end
of the day I'm Irish. I've got a British passport, but if you're from
Ireland, North or South, you're Irish. And British is such a nondescript
thing, isn't it? But you're right about the helmet, the orange is because
I'm a protestant from Northern Ireland, King Billy and all that shit.
Really though, I was just looking for a bright colour, and obviously Senna
had yellow, so orange made sense. It's more a case of the story fitting
the colour than the colour fitting the story. And the green stripes are
for Ireland. Same pattern as Senna's helmet."