Jonnie Robinson, Curator, English accents and dialects, British Library Sound Archive, writes:
AODAN: A person who has Irish has a certain standing in the community we live in. Now, most of the people wouldn't have Irish but they have a respect for it. That doesn't always work out at ground level, as they say, but, in the ideology of the community that we were brought up in, someone who has Irish has a certain standing. There is a sort of respect for the person with Irish.