We used to be Irish . . .
but we’re not anymore.
My Mom’s maiden name is S---- and someone told her dad that the S----s came from Ireland. But then my uncle discovered that our branch of S----s come from England. But my grandfather is really attached to his Irish heritage, so no one’s had the heart to tell him we’re not Irish and he still listens to Irish ballads because they remind him of the Old Country. (He was actually born in Utah.)
“We used to be Irish” is the kind of thing I like saying to people to see if they’re really listening.