If you've ever been in the U.S. on St. Patrick's Day, you know just how much Americans of Irish descent love their heritage.
Even if many have never been to the Emerald Isle, they'll enthusiastically tell you about their Irish ancestors who crossed the Atlantic in the wave of emigration that followed Ireland's great potato famine of 1845.
But do any ever return to the country of their forefathers to live?
The answer is yes. And although not in huge numbers, new economic opportunities, cultural curiosity and family ties have meant these Irish-Americans are getting to discover their ancestral home is not so different from the one where they grew up.
"Coming from the Midwest, there's so much in Chicago that is Irish that I never realized was Irish," said Brian Norton, who grew up in Chicago and in 2014 co-founded Future Finance, a Dublin-based fintech startup. "The friendliness, the beer, the pubs on every corner — it all makes sense now!"
One of Norton's ancestors emigrated to the U.S. in 1849 from County Roscommon, an epicenter of the Great Famine, making his way to New York like so many others who came in via Ellis Island.