> 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
"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."