Oh, there he goes off to his room to write that hit song "Alone in my principles."
Question #90454 posted on 10/06/2017 3:44 p.m.

Dear Tipperary,

Are you Irish?

-Notre Dame


Dear Fighting Irish,

I am not Irish, but Irish I was! (Get it?) So why does a non-Irish writer have an Irish pseudonym? My 'nym comes from the Irish town of Tipperary, which was referenced in the popular WWI song "It's a Long Way to Tipperary". We studied "It's a Long Way to Tipperary" in Academic Decathlon my senior year of high school and it was my jam! I jammed out to it so much that my Dad would jokingly call me Tipperary. A long time ago when Vienna started to write for the Board I thought "That's cool to have a city/song for a name. I should totally use Tipperary if I ever become a writer." Thus it was that I came to have an Irish 'nym despite not being Irish at all.



PS. Here's a link to the song so you can jam out to it as well!