My great- grandfather came to America, as an IRA member, in order to escape being hung by the British. My great-grandmother, his wife, came to America as an orphan. They raised a family in the Bronx, until he commit suicide. I am now a third generation American and a first generation Californian after my mother left the hardcore Irish neighborhood she grew up in. My family members are proud to be Irish-Americans and they are still living in Brooklyn, the Bronx, and Boston, where many Irish settled when they first came to America. Most of my family never left.