In Imagining Modern Ireland, we were talking about who is more open—Americans or the Irish?
The professor (who is Irish and looks like Carrot Top aged 20 years) said that Americans were generally seen as more outgoing, but the class vehemently disagreed. But he defended his opinion, and I agree with him now.
He said that while the Irish may seem loud and obnoxious in any pub or even on the street during the day, they are small-talkers. An American will meet you and have told you their life story within the hour. The Irish will talk to you for hours, but keep feelings and things of the heart to themselves.