Americans who travel abroad should be prepared for anything. If confronted by an extremist who wishes you harm, take a deep breath, look him square in the eye, and say "Kiss me, I'm Irish!"
The US-based website Ancestry.com urges anyone eligible to apply for an Irish passport to do so and states that terrorists are far less likely to kidnap or attack an Irish citizen than an American.
[A] former soldier told The Times newspaper about the benefit garnered from carrying an Irish passport.For Americans of recent Irish descent, getting an Irish passport may be easier than convincing Muqtada al-Sadr that you voted against George Dubya.
He said: “It’s not a political statement. It’s just that Irish documents carry very little baggage abroad. Ireland is a neutral country and it has never invaded anywhere else or even fought in a war.” [Link]